Cyclist Om Mahajan of Nashik set a record by completing the 3,600 km distance from Srinagar to Kanyakumari on Saturday afternoon in eight hours seven hours 38 minutes. Om, who turned 18 the following month, told PTI after reaching Kanyakumari that I always wanted to go cycling. After the lockdown started, I started dreaming of participating in Endurance Cycling and RAAM (Race in America).
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He said that six months ago, I started training for a qualifier for RAAM which was to be held in November. But instead of the 600 km qualifier, Om decided to do ‘Race Across India’ (Race in India). He completed the journey to Kanyakumari, starting with a cold night in Srinagar last week. During this time he faced heavy rains in Madhya Pradesh and scorching heat in the south.
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His uncle Mahendra Mahajan had the fastest cycling record from Srinagar to Kanyakumari. But recently, Lt. Col. Bharat Pannu of the Indian Army broke this record by completing this distance in eight days and nine hours. Though it was yet to be included in the Guinness book, Om Mahajan kept an eye on Pannu’s record and broke it. Lieutenant Colonel Pannu was at the forefront of congratulating 17-year-old Om on social media.