Pune, February 27, 2011: The enormous support of Puneites for ‘Hero Cycles India Cyclothon – Pune 2011’ has reinforced the city’s commitment to a greener and cleaner tomorrow. Today, over 5,500 cycling enthusiasts participated in various rides as part of the mega cycling event. Organized jointly by Sport18, the sports marketing
division of Network18 group and Hero Cycles, the number one cycle manufacturer in the world, the event was Pune’s largest mass mobilization cycling event.
MIT Group of Institutions has received maximum participation award in this event. On behalf of MIT Group of Institutions Dr. Milind Pande received this award by the hands of Mr Praveen Amre.
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Over 300 students from MIT Group participated in this event in various categories.
‘Hero Cycles India Cyclothon – Pune 2011’ witnessed active participation across sectors with registrations and participation crossing the 5,500 mark. This included 98 participants for the Elite National Race, 2924 participants for LG Green Ride, 788 participants for the Corporate Ride, 843 participants for the Amateur Ride, 41 participants for the Wheel chair Ride and 925 for the Junior Ride.
The first ride of the Cyclothon, the Elite National Race was flagged off by 6:20 AM. The total prize money for this race was Rs 4 Lacs The race saw a close finish with Mr. Sarbeer Singh winning first place with 18 points (Prize: Rs. One Lac) and Mr. Amandeep Singh coming in second with 13 points (Prize: Rs. Seventy Five thousand). Mr. Atul Kumar won the third place with 10 points (Prize: Rs Fifty Thousand).
Lending his support to the initiative was Mr. Mohansingh Rajpal, Mayor of Pune. In addition to the participants from all walks of life, including amateur cyclists, cycling enthusiasts, working professionals, housewives and school children, the ‘Hero Cycles India Cyclothon – Pune 2011’ had contestants of Femina Miss India 2011 riding as
participants in the LG Green Race. Also seen pedaling away were Miss India winners Neha Hinge and Manasvi Mamgai.
Mr. Pankaj Munjal, Managing Director, Hero Motors and Hero Cycles said, “The overwhelming response from Puneites has proven that Pune is indeed India’s foremost cycling city. The cycling culture here is quite strong and we endeavour to further strengthen it by emphasizing upon the fitness and environmental benefits of cycling. Year-onyear,
the Cyclothon has received tremendous response from cycling enthusiasts across the country and we are committed to taking this event to newer heights in the coming years.”
Mr. Satish Menon, CEO Sport18 said, “We thank the citizens of Pune for supporting the Cyclothon whole-heartedly and appreciate the efforts of all our special guests for making the event memorable. We also thank the administration, the state government and the local authorities for all their support, without which an event of this scale
wouldn’t have been possible. We are confident of being back again next year for an even larger event and look forward to Puneites supporting us in full force.”