Head to Worli this weekend to witness Mumbai's first cycling festival
Head to Worli to witness Mumbai's first cycling festival, which aims to make the activity a bigger part of the Mumbaikar's lives
Log on to any website that lists happenings in the city, and you will find a string of activities that encourage you to explore Mumbai and its surrounds on a bicycle, from midnight rides through its heritage precincts to those that have you pedalling all the way to Alibaug.
Needless to say, cycling has become popular enough to demand its own festival. This weekend, Nehru Centre in Worli will play host to the India Cycling Festival, which claims to be the first of its kind in the country.
"We're holding this event to promote a cycling culture in the city. Cycling in India is already seeing huge popularity, through events centred around the sport, and the presence of communities that promote cycling," says Nirav Vasavada of Troika Events, which is organising the festival.
He adds, "The festival will help us reach out to more people about the benefits of cycling. Not only is it environmentally friendly, it also helps you stay fit."
The best names in the business will showcase their offerings at the festival, which includes a variety of cycles, such as folding bikes, e-bikes, tricycles and indoor cycles. You can also check out apparel, activity trackers, and a range of other accessories.
From talks to workshops and demos, here are some of the highlights of the festival.
On: November 24 to 26, 11 am to 7 pm
At: Nehru Centre, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli
Log on to: indiacyclingfestival.com
Meet a BMX biker
At the festival, Dipak Panchal will enthrall crowds with his bicycle stunts. He says, "Although now an Olympic sport, people still think of BMX [bicycle motocross] as circus tricks. This perception needs to change. Through demonstrations and workshops, I will be showing parents and kids that although an extreme sport, it can be enjoyed in a safe and controlled environment." There will also be an experience zone at the venue, where you can bring your own bicycle, or take some of the coolest models in the market for a spin.
Learn new skills
The festival will feature a range of workshops that cater to every type of cyclist. "We will have a workshop on safety while cycling, as well as one on how to maintain your bicycle," says Vasavada, adding that there will also be a session on how to fix a bicycle. "We might even turn this into a little contest, where participants have to fix a bike in the allotted time to win a prize," he shares.
Hear from experts
IPS officer Krishna Prakash (in pic) recently became the first civil servant to complete the gruelling triathlon, Ironman France. He will be joined by Nashik-based Srinivas Gokulnath, who completed Race Across America, a cycling race held in the US.
The duo will share their experiences at the festival. Members belonging to cycling communities in the city, including Mumbai Cycling Enthusiasts and Lake City Peddlers, will also be present, so you can interact with them and resolve any queries you may have.
A walk through Mohammed Ali Road's Khau Galli