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We report, you decide

by Richard Masoner

Reported variously in the Times of India, DailyIndia.com, Mumbai Newsline, Daily News and Analysis and Sahara Samay comes this whopper of a tale:

Vinod Punamiya is an unusual sports lover. Last week, he made a world record by covering 140 km – from Mumbai to Dombivli – on his bicycle in 2 hours 20 minutes. That is faster than Central Railway’s famed Deccan Queen, which takes about 2 hours 45 minutes to cover the same distance. His average speed in the race was nearly 90-100 km per hour amid heavy traffic at Panvel and Vashi road.

Vinod is variously reported as being either 40 or 50 years old, and he’s performed his world-record feat — accompanied by a team of doctors in one report — on a custom Italian or an imported Trek which “has been given a special lifetime warranty” just for Punamiya.

Props to Vinod for promoting cycling as an environmentally friendly mode of transportation: Punamiya still rides his bicycle to work. “In our country, people travelling in cars look down on bicycle riders. But in China, millionaires wearing suit and tie pedal to office. I wish to reintroduce cycling as a sport and an environment friendly mode of transport in India,” he says.

I read it in the News Media, so it must be true! Seen at Treadly and Me in a comment left by Snuffy.

 
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5 Responses to “We report, you decide”

  1. Ed W says:

    Whopper, indeed.

  2. Jay says:

    They didn’t even get the average speed right….anyway, I could do that distance in 2 + 20, with a 30-knot tailwind.

  3. JiMCi says:

    Little typo in the article: Dombivli is a suburb of Mumbay, about 40km away, not 140! see http://tinyurl.com/ywgpwa

  4. Ganesh Venkat says:

    Hi..I am looking for a good bike..(not too much of an off-roader though)..can any one suggest a store in Mumbai,India.. and a good model to go for??…cheers!

    Ganesh.

  5. Fritz says:

    I think Sania Mirza looks pretty good on an Atlas Bicycle, so you can’t go wrong with one of their bikes ;-)

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