Racing cycles – racing ahead in india
When 20 year old Pune girl, Vedangi Kulkarni pedalled into Kokata to complete her stipulated 29000 km global ride that would qualify her effort to become the fastest Asian, it was not just the story of a brave Indian girl, but the symbol of India’s emergence cycling culture. More and more people are getting onto their bicycle saddles and riding for adventure or sport.
Bicycle sales in India touched the 15.5 million mark and it has been consistent for the last three years. While there has been a decline in sales of the traditional utility cycles, the premium segment of touring, mountain bicycles and racing cycles in India has risen due to growing health consciousness. The sudden rage for these racing cycles in India and even adventure cycles can be gauged by the jump in numbers. In 2007, it was 0.4 percent of total cycle sales, and today, it is at 2%. This is significant indeed since India doesn’t have many dedicated cycling lanes, and it is at a nascent stage of becoming a cycling nation. The Cycling Federation of India does host a number of cycle races across age groups throughout the year. As a sport, cycling was introduced in India with the effort of Sh. Janki Das, who was in his mid thirties. He was the lone Indian participant at the British Empire Games at Sydney (Australia) in 1938. India’s cycling teams consisted primarily of members from the armed forces whose main motivation to participate in competitions was to get promoted up the ranks. But today, we have people like Vedangi and Kiran Kumar Raju. Kiran is an M.Tech. degree-holder from Bangalore who quit his high-paying job to pursue his passion and won the National Mountain Biking Championship (individual time trial) in 2015 and 2016. So we are seeing the emergence of cycling as a sport in India and more and more people getting on the saddle not just for joy rides but to compete at a professional level.
Initially getting good quality racing cycles in India was difficult as they had to be imported and that cost a lot of money. But today, there are a number of top cycle brands in India like AVON, Hero, Firefox and many other home grown and multinational companies who sell high quality racing cycles in India. The easy availability has made riding a popular activity for people of all ages. In fact, there are many cycle groups who tour and ride together and having the best gear is a status symbol.
If you are a riding enthusiast and are looking for the best gear look no further than Avon bicycles. It offers a wide range that includes geared bicycles, mountain bikes, cyclux, roadsters and racing bicycles in India. Established in 1948, AVON Cycles Ltd. has emerged as one of the top cycle brands in India. Today, it produces more than 200 different models that embody Luxury, Style & Freedom and cater to the needs of all age groups. So go ahead and find the racing cycle that matches your aspirations, the track is waiting!