Pedalling power


A Margao-based cycling club is organising the First All Women Century Ride
‘Go Girls Go 100’ this Sunday. NT BUZZ explores more


A group of women cyclists will be riding a 100-kilometre distance, through some of the most scenic villages and beaches of South Goa for the First All Women Century Ride ‘Go Girls Go 100’ to be held on November 8, ie Sunday. Organised by Xaxti Riders Cycling Club, Margao, president of the club, Sameer Nadkarni says that this is the first-ever 100 kilometre, all-women cycling
ride in Goa.

Specially curated for women riders in terms of safety and ease of riding long distance, the aim behind organising the ride is to motivate other women taking up this sport as a form of exercise to remain fit and increase immunity. “Go Girls Go 100 is about encouraging our women riders to be aware of their 100 per cent capabilities and cycle the 100 kilometre distance,” says Nadkarni, an architect by profession.

And unlike other cycling challenges, Nadkarni says that this ride is absolutely free for participants. So far 30 girls and women ranging from ages 18 to 65+ have registered for Go Girls Go 100. There are professionals from various fields, educators, students and homemakers who are participating in this ride.

The ride will be flagged off at 5:30 a.m. from Service Inn, Fatorda and will finish at the same venue. The route which will be followed is Fatorda – Borim – Rasai- Cortalim – Chicalim – Cuelim – Cansaulim- coastal road upto Mobor and return via Assolna – Chichinim – Varca – Colva – Rabindra Bhavan- Fatorda.

The riders will be treated to a nourishing breakfast at halfway point. There will be water points at 30 kilometres and 75 kilometres each. “A century ride is always special for self-confidence”, explains ride coordinator Binota Nadkarni. “I am sure that this first-of-its-kind initiative by Xaxti Riders will not only encourage participants to push the limits but will inspire many other potential
women cyclists.”