Cycling Current Affairs - 2020
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A 20-year-old Pune woman Vedangi Kulkarni has become the fastest Asian to cycle the globe. She has completed the 29,000 km distance required to qualify as bicycling across the globe. She has spent 159 days peddling up to 300 km a day in 14 countries.
The world record is in the name of British adventurer Jenny Graham (38) who had cycled the globe in 124 days in 2018.
She started off from Perth. She cycled across Australia to reach Brisbane. From Brisbane, she flew to Wellington, New Zealand, for cycling the entire country north to south. Then she took a flight across the International Date Line to Western Canada’s Vancouver. From Vancouver, she travelled eastward till Halifax. Then she flew to Europe and started from Iceland and later cycled through Portugal, Spain France, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Finland to enter Russia. From Russia, she flew to India for doing the last 4,000 km. From India, she will now fly to Australia and cycle 15 Km to reach the place from where she had started, to complete her journey.
Vedangi lugged the cycle with the heavy luggage that includes cycle tools, camping equipment and clothing in desolate stretches all alone and did not have anyone accompanying her for over 80 per cent of the route.
About Vedangi Kulkarni:
Vedangi Kulkarni hails from Pune. Her father’s name is Vivek Kulkarni. She is currently pursuing a degree in sports management from the University of Bournemouth in the UK.
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Indian Teen cyclist Esow Alben (17) created history by winning the country’s maiden medal in track cycling at the world level. He achieved this feat by winning silver medal in Men’s Keirin event of UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships held in Aigle, Switzerland. In the final sprint of this event, Esow finished just 0.017 seconds behind gold medallist Jakub Stastny (Czech Republic).
Esow hails from Andaman and Nicobar. He is currently ranked world No. 1 in junior sprint category of cycling after sensational run in Asian Championships and victories in 2018 Cottbuser Sprint Cup 2, GP Brno Track Cycling competitions. This makes him first Indian to reach the top spot in cycling. He is also ranked world no. 3 in keirin event of cycling, where cyclists sprint for victory on track following controlled start. Esow had won hat-trick of gold medals at 2018 Asian Track Cycling Championships in Malaysia. In this event, he had won gold medals in individual and team event. He trains in Delhi at Sports Authority of India’s (SAI) National Cycling Academy.