Woman cyclist set to create new World Record

Woman cyclist set to create new World Record
Jyothi Rongala during her tour in Wokha district. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, OCT 20 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/20/2019 12:09:07 PM IST

After Australian cyclist created a world record in February 2018 of 18,922 km as the “longest distance by cycle”, 36-year-old cyclist Jyothi Rongala from East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh is set to claim the title in Guinness World Record by covering 30,000 km in India.

Jyothi is a mountaineering instructor and trains personnel from CRPF, Indian Air Force, Indian Navy, NDRF and SDRF in five mountaineering institutes of the country.

Carrying the message “Indian roads are safe for women”, Jyothi proved herself by pedalling across 21 States, including Nagaland, covering 16,000 km safely.  

She is on the mission unsupported and without any cash and depends for shelter on generous hosts if she gets any. She avoids pedalling on national highways and takes country roads to see the real India.

Speaking to Nagaland Post at her host Rongsennla’s residence here, Jyothi said the main objective of her mission was to set a new target and intended to complete pedalling 30,000 km by April next year.

She said she started this mission in 2017. But, owing to injuries, she could not continue and remained under treatment for more than half-a-year and only in January this year after her recovery, she set out to complete her mission.

This brave heart lady claimed to have even pedalled on roads without food for two days and said every challenge that came her way taught her a new lesson for life. The avid rider said she covered 120 km on a day in plain areas, while in hilly terrains like Nagaland she could manage only 50 km.

On how she met various challenges, Jyothi admitted that there were times when she felt like giving up. But her well wishers who invested time and money on her to help her realize her dream and represent the country gave her hope to carry the mission forward, she added. She said she was overwhelmed with the hospitality and humility of the Nagas and remarked that she found “unconditional love” in Nagaland.

Jyothi also rubbished the misconceptions “most mainlanders” generally had, commenting that one should not believe in what they hear but experience themselves by visiting Nagaland and then they would know the truth about the Nagas.

She said when some people saw her proposed route they discouraged her from pedalling into Nagaland. But she explained that she was very determined and when she landed in Mokokchung, she started to experience the real nature of the Nagas, “which was overwhelming”.

The cyclist said there were many things to be learned from the Nagas like there was no gender bias and education was considered an utmost priority for both boys and girls.

She suggested cultural exchange programme with other States in the country to help the people understand more about the Nagas, adding this would do away with the misconceptions.  

From Kohima, Jyothi will travel to Imphal, Aizwal, Agartala, Shillong and exit via Guwahati. She said she would conclude her expedition at India Gate, New Delhi.

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