Established in Aug 2017
It was in August 2017 when a few passionate cyclists of Margao mulled on the idea of starting a Cycling Club with a difference! Realising the benefits of this sport as a fitness go-to activity along with the potential it would offer young citizens of the State, the idea was to make it more accessible to a larger part of the Goan community. And the Xaxti Riders Club under the able leadership of Architect Sameer Nadkarni of Margao came into existence with a formal launch on 01 October 2017 at a ceremony attended by the entire cycling community of Goa and an inaugural ride on 02 October on occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.
Spreading awareness of the techniques of cycling along with safety measures to be deployed could be done by riding more and regular rides were planned around Margao. From the initial four to five cyclists clad in the vibrant Xaxti Rider jersey who would gather at 6.00am at Bolshe Circle Gogol the numbers slowly started swelling and it was a daily sight to see the group cycling in the villages of Curtorim, Macazana, Loutulim, the coastal belt of Colva , Benaulim in Salcete to Quepem and further. Sunday rides were longer rides to the tune of 50km plus and were organized to include a breakfast stop or carrying along a picnic breakfast, the use of a rack fitted safety car which served as an encouragement to cyclists new to the sport. Sunday rides were aimed to train riders in endurance riding.
Xaxti Riders also partners with Government department organized rallies to promote causes like FitIndia and on occasions like International Yoga Day, World Diabetes Day etc. besides wholly supporting organisations like Rotary on World Polio Day. Special rides are organized on the Club Anniversary which is celebrated on 02 October as well as on Independence Day and Republic Day. The 26 January 2020 saw 80 Xaxti Riders ride a 71km ride to commemorate India’s 71st Republic Day.
Cycling is an expensive sport and who knows it better than a cyclist! Xaxti Riders mentors youngsters coming from humble background who are avid cyclists and kits them through crowd funding to help them come up in this sport under its Talent Search Program.
A sense of loyalty , a sense of pride in being a Xaxti Rider and the urge to promote this beautiful sport of cycling is the USP of this Salcete ‘Xaxti’ based club!
To ensure Safe and Conducive Environment for Cycling, to Further the Spirit of Leisure and Adventure, and to foster bonding and friendship among fellow cyclists.
To promote health and fitness and to spread awareness about an alternative lifestyle through cycling in a manner that lands sustainability to Mother Earth.