Three Keralites have decided to turn their passion for cycling into an adventure of a lifetime. Haseeb Ahsan, Cliffin Francis, and Dona Jacob will be undertaking a cycling marathon commencing on December 15th 2019. The three Keralites will be cycling 10,000 km in 8 countries for 230 days, to reach Tokyo on July 24th, 2019 for the opening day of the Tokyo Olympics. But these passionate cyclists have a bigger mission than this. They will be cycling to create awareness on mental health, menstrual health, and hygiene. During their cycling marathon, the trio will be visiting schools and NGOs around the country to create awareness on these issues. It sure is cycling for a cause.
Haseeb Ahsan, Cliffin Francis and Dona Jacob are not professional cyclists. 29-year-old Cliffin Francis has the most experience when it comes to professional cycling, as she cycled from Dubai to Moscow for the 2018 Fifa World Cup. The three of them attended the same college together in Kerala, but they got to know each other better quite later. Their passion for travelling and cycling has brought the trio together to achieve much larger and nobler goals in life together.
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There are two types of people- those who eat chicken pieces first from the biryani and then eat the rice and those who equally apportionate chicken and rice and mostly left with some bonus pieces towards the end. Instant vs Delayed gratification. Math of cycling: Distance to be covered in a day-100kms. Average speed of your cycling- 20km/hr. Hence, time taken=5 hours. An ideal plan would be to cover 3 hours in the morning before the sun comes up above your head and another 2 hours in the evening after a sumptuous meal, a quick nap and subsequent chilling. These pics are from those days when I decided to chill in the morning and shifted couple of those cycling hours to evening. I would fail the 'Marshmallow experiment' any day. But life was lit. . #startyourimpossible #nothingisimpossible #olympics #tokyo #tokyojapan #cycling #tokyo2020 #travel #bike #cycling #cyclinggirl #worldonwheels #worldbybike #biketour #explorebybike #pedalforever #thegreatoutdoors #travelbybike #cycletouring #bikelife #outsideisfree #bikestagram #cycletourism #biketouringforever #japan #roadbike #cyclist #marshmallow #chill #stanford #gratification
During their 220 days journey, the trio will pass through Bangalore, Vishakapatnam, Bhubaneshwar, Calcutta, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Bangladesh, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, China and then head to Japan. They will also have a tight daily budget of around ₹1000 per person. So instead of staying in fancy lodges or hotels, they will be pitching tents and camping wherever possible. The trio will also be carrying basic utensils to cook food on the way.
If you’re interested in their adventures, Haseeb Ahsan, Cliffin Francis and Dona Jacob will be documenting it on their social media handles and their Instagram page titled snails.on.wheels. And at the end of their trip, they will be also having a special video depicting their cycling experiences on Youtube. But you would have to wait for that. For now, we’re really proud of all the passionate cyclists, who are cycling for a cause and making sincere attempts to destigmatize issues. Check out UP Youth Cycles To Lalbaug, Prays That The World Never Sees Water Crisis