Imphal: Soma Laishram, noted actor of Manipur, flagged off 600 km cycling event of Brevity de Randonneurs Mondiaux (BRMs), one of the longest ultra-cycling event in India.
The cycling event was organised by Imphal Randonneurs, the Ultra Cycling Wing of Manipur Adventure And Mountain Biking Association (MAAMBA) to promote cycling in the state.
Imphal city is one of the 49 randonnering city in India to organise BRMs, MAAMBA president Dr Ng. Arunkumar Singh said.
The event will be flagged in at MAAMBA office, Thangmeiband after covering a distance of 600km in just 40 hours. Ten endurance cyclists registered for the ride.
It is a part of a Super Randonneurs series which started in December last year and consist of 200, 300, 400 and 600 BRMs.
BRMs are rides of fixed distances that are to be completed within specified time limits. The events are considered as one of the most prestigious non-competitive endurance cycling event in the world.
Cyclists who manage to complete the series will be eligible for the longest endurance cycling event, the 1200 km Paris–Brest–Paris (PBP) to be held in 2023 at Paris.
Cycling has also become a popular sport too in Manipur. Cycling besides being a recreational activity, can also promote a healthy lifestyle, save fuel and thus save environment, Arunkumar said.