A Cyclothon to spot local talent

DG Nikhilesh Trivedi (left) and Champion cyclist Minati Mohapatra flagging off the rally.
DG Nikhilesh Trivedi (left) and Champion cyclist Minati Mohapatra flagging off the rally.

Rotary Club of Rourkela Royal, RID 3261, hosted its annual ­Cyclothon to popularise cycling as a commuting and fitness medium, and identify talented cyclists and groom them to compete in professional cycling events at State, National and International levels. DG ­Nikhilesh Trivedi, along with eight-time cycling champion Minati ­Mohapatro, flagged off the programme which had a participation of 1,200 cyclists including 200 students from government schools and 40 police personnel.

The event was co-sponsored by Mahanadi Coalfields Limited. The Police Department of Rourkela set up a safety stall to create awareness on road safety. All participants received helmets which they could take back home and use for their daily rides. Cash prizes were given to winners.

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