Cycling For Change!
Cycling For Change!
Sumeet Paringe (26), and Prisiliya Madan (22), are on a road trip, which is more than just the realization of a lifelong dream to ride on a bicycle across India. These childhood friends started their 63 days journey on July 14, from Kanyakumari to Khardung La Pass. Inspired by Madan’s father who went for a cycling holiday in Sri Lanka, Paringe says that he still remembers how fascinated he was with the idea, as a kid. Paringe says, “He was a hero to us all. They were travelling on a very tight budget and the only major expense was the flight to and from Colombo. It was inspirational for us young people in the neighbourhood.”
The duo wants to experience this trip, the old school way and they have noted the routes and map in mind. They just want to rely on their sense of direction and the guidance from strangers, explore the local way by getting lost or experiencing the stranger’s idea of the best route rather than following the technology. This is not all; they are completely following the idea of travelling the sustainable way. They are riding on bamboo bikes, since bamboo has a tensile strength, and various other properties like reduction in vibration, making the bike ride more comfortable through 4200 km of Indian cities, towns and the countryside.
“You really feel every incline in the road in your thighs as you pedal, every breeze on your back that propels you forward when you are too tired to pedal. You have the time to appreciate every view as you ride along and the freedom to choose your route and stop off anywhere your heart desires to share a cup of tea with a complete stranger,” says, Paringe keeping the idea of low tech travelling alive.
Attached with this journey, is also a social cause-‘Cyclist for Change’- where both Paringe and Madan are raising fund for the betterment of the girls in rural India in collaboration with Godrej group and IIMPACT. “The end goal is to raise 5 million rupees so that 1,500 girls across India can receive a good education and a fair chance at life,” explains Madan.