58 cyclists complete Tri Goa’s first 200km BRM ride of season

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Adlin Mascarenhas lone woman to complete 200km ride

Goa Khabar: A total of 58 endurance cyclists successfully completed Tri Goa’s  first, official 200km Brevets Randonneur Mondiaux (BRM) ride of the 2020-21 endurance cycling season on Sunday, November 22. Adlin Mascarenhas of Camorlim in South Goa was the lone woman cyclist to complete the challenging 200km ride within the stipulated 13 hours and 30 minutes.

Adlin (40), a homemaker and mother of two children said, “This is my third, 200km cycle ride. I intend completing the 300km, 400km and 600km rides to get the ‘Super Randonneur’ title. When grandmothers across India are riding BRM cycle rides, what is holding us Goan women behind?”

The event also witnessed ten cyclists including three women successfully complete the Tri Goa 100kms Brevet Populaire ride which was held concurrently with the 200km ride. The three, successful women cyclists included Rebecca George, Megan Fernandes and Micha Fernandes.

In a media release issued in Panaji on Monday, Rajesh Malhotra, founder, Tri Goa an affiliate club of Audax India Randonneurs (AIR) and Audax Club Parisien (ACP) said, “We are very happy to see that four women cyclists completed their respective rides. This should hopefully motivate more women cyclists to participate in Tri Goa’s upcoming events.”

The 200km ride was called the ‘Tri Goa Coastline BRM’ and took the cyclists from Panaji across South Goa’s famous coastline of Majorda, Colva, Benaulim, Cola, Agonda and Pollem and back via Margao, Borim and Old Goa. All successful 200km cyclists will receive a special medal and certificate from  Audax Club Parisien (ACP) in France.

The media release stated that randonneuring is long distance endurance cycling with rides of 200, 300, 400, 600 and 1000 kms called Brevets de Randonneurs Mondiaux (BRMs). Audax Club Parisien (ACP)in France is the international governing body for randonneuring that administers and oversees the conduct of BRMs worldwide. This style of riding is non-competitive in nature and always self-supportive.

According to Malhotra, the Tri Goa Brevet Populaire 100kms was organized to offer aspiring endurance cyclists the experience and confidence to participate in long distance, self-supporting BRM format and finishers are eligible for a medal and certificate from Audax India Randonneurs (AIR).