1947 – 2021* and as India steps into the 75th Year of Independence, Xaxti Riders commemorated this special occasion with,
The Platinum Jubilee Fun Freedom 75kms/ 30kms Cycle Ride
We had the proud privilege of sharing space with Headquarters Goa Naval Area and the Verna Industries Association to indeed create Civilian, Defense and Industry synergy on this memorable occasion.
Xaxti Riders also had the support of the Goa Olympic Association for the event.
A record registration of 495 and there were 450 participants lined up at the Start line on the morning of Sunday 15th August 2021 !!!
The Goan cycling community in large numbers came together for this mega event with cyclists from Propedlarz , Panjim Cycling Club, Vasco Cycling Club, Slopes & Bends and Amona Cyclists. Xaxti Rider’s race team Xaxti Racing was joined by Team Equipe of Panjim.
Margao’ s cultural hub Ravindra Bhavan which has always supported the Xaxti Riders created the perfect backdrop for the massive line up.
Adding a patriotic vibrancy to the gathered cyclists was our very own XR Allan Abreu who set pace for a smooth flow of the entire morning!!!
A very special occasion and the Xaxti Riders, Xaxti Racing riders, Goa Naval Area riders and riders from the Verna Industries Association stood tall wearing the national colours on a specially curated jersey by Daily Crayon for this event. It was truly unity through diversity with riders from Civilian, Defense and Industry united in their attire for an occasion that was bigger than the organisation they stood for.
The National Anthem resounded through the environs of Ravindra Bhavan Margao before an on-the-dot First flag off by our Chief Guest Rear Admiral Philipose George Pynumootil, AVSM, NM at 6.40am for the Race teams and riders of the Headquarters Goa Naval Area.
Former cricketeer and the hero of the 1983 Cricket World Cup, Mr.Mohinder Amarnath along with Mr.Nitin Kuncolienkar the founder of Verna Industries Association who were our Guests of Honour did us the honour of flagging off the subsequent batches of riders with the last batch of 30 km riders pedalling out as scheduled at 6.55 am.
Xaxti Riders were extremely honoured to also have 77 year old Rtd.Admiral , 1971 War Veteran and ex Chief of Naval Staff Arun Prakash as a part of the riding contingent. A fitting personality for a fitting occasion.
A beautiful route through our South Goa hinterlands ….with a warm greeting for the 75kms riders at Quepem by XR Alwyn Menezes with his team! This tradition was started by XR Alwynbab Menezes and his wife Vanita and no Xaxti cycling event which passes through Quepem is complete without it!
A much needed Water Point at Sulcorna on the 75kms route and XR Oliver with his team energized the riders with bananas, vanilla muffins and Enerzal our official hydration partner for the event.
XR Johnny ‘s Guirdolim Water Point was the perfect half way stop for the compact 30kms route! Samosas to add punch and rich wine cake for the sugar boost!! A rejuvenating water mist spray manned by Johnny himself and our Techman Sarva provided the much needed skin hydration for the final push to Finish Point for the 75 kms riders.
Ambulances provided by Aster Hospital Margao and the Goa Naval Area had every rider’s back for this unique ride as also sweeper vehicles organised by Xaxti Rider Blaise Costabir and the Goa Naval Area.
The success of an event is measured by the participation… 400 plus riders and even better was the wholesome participation of women and children. Not to be left out were seniors with the enthusiasm of teenagers!
With one woman or child rider for every four men riders ….it was a feather in our Xaxti helmets indeed!
A festive yet fitting the Covid protocol atmosphere greeted the finishers at Ravindra Bhavan. Every rider wore a free blue mask to match the Platinum Jubilee jersey. A sleekly crafted platinum finish medal awaited every finisher. No rush there! As every finisher rider walked a smooth passage to receive the medal. A packaged brunch of delights from the Raia based Lourdes Cafe made for a nice repast! Bolinhas and resoises never tasted so yummy before!! Orange juice and adrenaline made it complete.
As curtains draw on this event which has surpassed all our expectations, we are extremely grateful to our sponsors who supported us on all fronts!
Xaxti Riders is also deeply honoured at having on board the Hqtrs. Goa Naval Area and Verna Industries Association. Thank you Rear Admiral Phillipose George Pynumootil, Capt.Prateek Ghosh of GNA and XR Pradip Da Costa , President VIA for your invaluable partnership!
Truly gratified by the support of Goa Olympic Association, Thank you President Shri Sripad Naik and Sec.Gen. Shri Gurudas Bhakta !
Photos and Video Credit : Ershad Khan of Margao, Terence Moniz of Panjim, Joyel Fernandes of Ponda, Satyajit Bhattacharya of Margao, Videography by Sankalp Keny & team
After a 2020 which shook the world and the early 2021 which had us all reeling from the Covid Second wave, exercising caution was primary, Xaxti Riders are proud to declare that every registered rider for this Platinum Jubilee Fun Freedom ride has been vaccinated with a minimum of a single dose or has recovered from Covid. Bike tags were issued only to riders who had submitted their vaccination certAs curtains draw on this event which has surpassed all our expectations, we are extremely grateful to our sponsors who supported us on all fronts!
As the actual Fun Freedom Ride got flagged off from the venue, miles across we had registered riders who cycled in their own cities …and posted their virtual rides to us! How much nicer could it get! Lorraine from Cochin, Kerures from Mumbai, Anupama and Aditya from Orissa, Govind Raj from Bengaluru enthusiastically participated in our event from their locations and made it truly a national event and these are only few of them!
As we mark the start of the 75th year of Independence, a request to all to wear the Platinum Jubilee Jersey during this year.