Coimbatore-based GD Vishnu Raam’s solo cycling expedition enters India’s Book of Records and Asia’s Book of Records

Coimbatore-based GD Vishnu Raam’s solo cycling expedition enters India’s Book of Records and Asia’s Book of Records

Coimbatore marathoner and cyclist GD Vishnu Raam left on his Scott Addict 30 bike from Coimbatore Airport at 7.23pm on March 26. It drove non-stop and reached Salem in four hours, 28 minutes and 19 seconds covering a distance of 161 kilometers. He is now “the fastest individual to cover 100 miles on a road bike”, according to India Book of Records and Asia Book of Records. “At 41, I’m fit, confident and healthy to achieve this. What’s stopping young people?” asks Vishnu, adding that this solo cycling expedition aims to motivate young people to set goals for themselves. fitness goals and achieving them.” Bicycling exploded during lockdown. When gyms and swimming pools closed and health suddenly became a priority, people turned to cycling as a fitness activity. Horseback riding is healthy, fun and a low impact form of exercise for all ages.

fitness goals

While he started his fitness journey in the 1990s (when he weighed 95 kilograms during his college years) with athletic trainers who prepared him to run marathons, this is the fitness routine C-shaped Sylendra Babu, the Chief Police Officer, who inspired him to go on bike and car expeditions.

On June 9, he will embark on his fastest 5,950 kilometer golden quadrangle expedition from Chennai-Kolkata-Delhi-Mumbai-Chennai by car and draw attention to women in sports. “The existing record is 103 hours. I plan to complete it in less than 100 hours. This will be reported by Chennai-based KA Bhavani Devi, the first Indian to qualify for fencing in the Olympics. I have compiled a list of women’s sports icons including Mary Kom, Mithali Raj and PV Sindhu. I plan to share their success stories with the kids by stopping at various points along the way. »

children in sports

He suggests that parents expose children, regardless of gender, to sports, not just cricket and tennis. “There is cycling, fencing, athletics, running, martial arts, etc. Children should be encouraged to play sports from the age of eight and adopt a healthy lifestyle. With proper training, they can easily qualify in the junior categories (under 15), which gives them a great opportunity to represent the state and the country,” adds Vishnu who mentors students ranked in the top 20 in the national level in various sports. He runs the city’s 6th gear fitness center and started the 6th Gear Cycling Club (6GCC) to promote weekend bike rides among all age groups on different terrains.

Vishnu Raam with the award quote

Vishnu Raam with the award quote

In February this year, Vishnu also became the fastest individual to cycle 100 kilometers from Coimbatore to Thrissur via the Coimbatore-Palakkad Kuthiran tunnel. He carried pictures on his bike and campaigned for the COVID-19 vaccination. His first expedition was a 24-hour drive between Bengaluru-Hyderabad-Nagpur-Bengaluru to salute the efforts of frontline staff. He also undertook the longest bicycle ride of 623 kilometers in 23 hours and 53 minutes from Coimbatore to Kanyakumari to raise awareness about childhood obesity. “The road from Madurai to Kanyakumari is lined with windmills and lush vegetation. It’s a scenic route,” he recalls.

However, such journeys are anything but easy. Expressing concern about the safety of cycling roads and infrastructure, he says changes have to come from a variety of sides. “At the policy level, adding a cycle lane every time a road is laid is enough to make other vehicles respect cyclists and the lanes built for them. It also allows women and children to ride safely anywhere, anytime.