The chronic ailment of asthma, a respiratory disorder, may cause distress to many lives but a little awareness in the direction may remarkably turn the turmoil upside down.
And to live up to the line is our own city Nagpur which is on the cusp of history. Orange City will witness a unique event on May 11 when around 50 riders in full cycling gear – shoes, jerseys, helmets and gloves – will paddle around town to create awareness as part of World Asthma Week.
The ride has been organized by ‘Saddle Up Guys’ on the suggestion of member and lung specialist Rajesh Swarnakar of Getwell Hospital and Research Institute. Saddle Up Guys dubbed as the city’s first organized and active cycling group that promotes safe riding with full cycling gear.
The group formed about three months ago has rapidly grown to about 100 active members who interact via WhatsApp and Facebook to decide daily rides. Saddle Up Guys organizes a group ride every Sunday. The group is a mix of doctors, engineers, lawyers, businessmen, students and people from many other professions. The binding factor is their love for cycling. Within three months the bond between the riders has grown beyond the group. One of the reasons being the group does not discriminate on the basis of age and social and financial standing and discourages use of honorifics such as sir. It promotes calling each other by first name.
The May 11 ride that will begin at Getwell Hospital at 6.30 am will be first of its kind not only in the history of Nagpur but also possibly in the history of Vidarbha. Fifty riders in full cycling gear will sure be a sight to behold. Saddle Up Guys will ride in a formation of two, matching each other pedal for pedal, keeping to the left of the road and following strict traffic discipline.
That’s the way. Isn’t it!