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The 2018 edition of 'The Agra Taj Bike Rally' culminates with a bang
Only biking aficionados know what does biking mean! The scintillating biking sport is identified with speed, thrill, challenges, adventure and perils among others. For a rider, nothing gives more pleasure than hitting the road to immerse in the joy of riding.

The historic city of Agra was witness to the biking extravaganza as part of the second edition of The Agra Taj Bike Rally – 2018 on Sunday, March 4, 2018. In the presence of scores of riding enthusiasts, event organizers, officials and sponsors among others, District Collector of Agra, Gaurav Dayal flagged off the rally.

Challenging route

In all, 85 riders took the challenge, including two females (one rider, one pillion). What was fascinating was – the mysterious format, TSD (Time speed and distance). It was absolute fun. Riders went through 249 way points, encompassing smooth roads, pebble streets, bumpy rural paths, overcrowded markets, ever engrossed national highway. As a rider, every moment, you were on your toes.

At certain junctures, it was sandy Rajasthan, while at some places, it was sludge all over. Many way points traversed through farmer's wealth – farming land, no noise, no pollution, field with blossoming crop all over. It was picturesque! If you are an environment lover, you can't move your eyes; such was the splendor crops were radiating.


Men's Singles: Umed Bin Asad (Delhi)
Outstation: Aman Singh Chadda (Delhi)
Doubles: Ankit and Shailendra (Agra)
Vintage: Islamuddin (Agra)
Ladies: Pooja Yadav (Agra)

SP Singh Baghel, Cabinet Minister, Government of UP bestowed the awards to the winners. Senior riders were also felicitated. "Be an ambassador for road safety. You could inspire other people to drive safe on road with safety gears. Hundreds of lives can be saved, if we start wearing helmets," remarked SP Singh.

Sujit Kumar, who himself has been a rider and currently VP, Federation of International Motors was one of the special invitees. Addressing the biking enthusiasts during the award ceremony, Sujit said, "I'll strive to promote motor sports in the city of Taj. Agra will witness many more such exciting events in future."

Winner in the women's category, Mathura-based Pooja Yadav wanted to challenge the stereotype. Women are stereotyped for certain fields, like hospitality and teaching. She choose riding for herself, it's her passion. She can't imagine life without riding.

Taj Royals Probiking, a club dedicated to promote biking in and around Agra has been instrumental in sowing the seed of TATBR event. According to President Laiq Siddiqui, "We are putting in efforts to create an ecosystem of riding (biking) in our beautiful city."

Rammohan Kapoor, a senior official behind the concept emphasized on safe driving to control accidents.

Harvijay Singh Bahiya, another official from the club behind the event and motor sports lover asked the riders to adhere to discipline while driving. Drive on roads with safety gears, like helmet and shoes and never deviate from traffic rules. Set precedence for other bikers, vehicle owners.

Since riding is my passion, I too participated under the outstation category, and was bestowed with the 1st runner-up trophy. I dedicate this triumph to the victims of gender atrocities. I've taken "save daughter" as one of the missions of my life.

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