Wheels of Change

India Today - - COVER STORY -

When you be­lieve in your­self, ev­ery glass ceil­ing is bound to shat­ter.

SARAN PREETI, 34, Cy­clist, Hoshiarpur

Who is She? She is the first woman

Su­per Ran­don­neur of Pun­jab and cy­cled from Manali to Leh last year when she con­quered Khardung-La, the high­est mo­torable road in the world. “That is a mem­ory that will stay with me for­ever,” says Saran Preeti, who along with her hus­band Ab­hishek Kashyap or­gan­ised the first seg­ment of Brevets, which are rides of fixed dis­tances that are to be com­pleted within spec­i­fied time lim­its, in Hoshiarpur in Novem­ber 2014.

A Thank You Note For Preeti, noth­ing would have been pos­si­ble with­out her hus­band’s sup­port. “He has al­ways stood by me and en­sured that I al­ways felt strong, no mat­ter what di­rec­tion the wind was blow­ing.”

The Ini­ti­a­tion When Preeti’s hus­band was in­jured af­ter a fall in June 2013, the doc­tors ad­vised him to cy­cle in or­der to avoid surgery for the se­vere

lig­a­ment tear. “We went to Kochi that year and bought cy­cles to ex­plore the town and thor­oughly en­joyed it. Soon, we could cy­cle 30-40 km a day.”

What Keeps Her Go­ing Though I don’t take part in com­pet­i­tive cy­cling, what re­ally draws me to this game is the test of en­durance, nerves and the high one gets by sur­pass­ing ev­ery­body’s ex­pec­ta­tions,” ex­plains Preeti.

Test­ing Times De­spite the fact that her mother didn’t re­ally sup­port her, Preeti’s hus­band bridged that gap by con­stantly en­cour­ag­ing her to test her lim­its. “If you have faith and be­lieve in your­self, no one can stop you,” she says.

Get, Set, Go Preeti will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the RAAM (Race Across Amer­ica) qual­i­fiers to in Pune in Novem­ber. RAAM is con­sid­ered to be the world’s tough­est en­durance race.

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