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Indian Army officer Lt Col Bharat Pannu creates Guinness world record by cycling fastest from Gujarat to AP

The journey which he started on October 17, passed through Jaipur, Agra, Lucknow, Gorakhpur, Siliguri and Tezpur, culminated on October 26.

Indian Army officer Lt Col Bharat Pannu creates Guinness world record by cycling fastest from Gujarat to AP-dnm
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Kolkata, First Published Oct 27, 2021, 5:02 PM IST
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Kolkata: In order to commemorate Swarnim Vijay Varsh, a decisive victory over Pakistan and liberating Bangladesh in 1971, Indian Army officer Lt Col Bharat Pannu has created a Guinness world record by cycling fastest from Gujarat to Arunachal Pradesh, covering 3800kms in a record 9 days. 

The journey which he started on October 17, passed through Jaipur, Agra, Lucknow, Gorakhpur, Siliguri and Tezpur, culminated on October 26. 

India is celebrating Swarnim Vijay Varsh in an effort to remember those soldiers who laid down their lives in securing a decisive and historic victory over Pakistan thereby liberating East Pakistan and leading to the creation of Bangladesh. 

Lt Col Pannu’s cycle ride was a part of ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’ celebrations. 

Indian Army officer Lt Col Bharat Pannu creates Guinness world record by cycling fastest from Gujarat to AP-dnm

The previous record was set by Naresh Kumar, who had cycled in 11 days and 21 hours.

“Despite all the odds of heavy traffic, rainfall and heat conditions,  courage and determination of Lt Col Pannu and his team kept him going,” an official said.  

During his journey, pamphlets regarding India’s win over Pakistan were distributed among the youths. 

The team consisted of 6 members including a nutritionist, bike mechanic and a physiotherapist. 

“Ultra-endurance cycling is something that not only tests your physical strength but also puts your fortitude to the test as one hardly gets to sleep for an hour or two at a stretch. Lt Col Pannu is an epitome of perseverance and determination, an inspiration to all of us” Chief of the crew, Darshan Dubey said.

Lt Col Pannu said, “Cycling is liberating, it is an elixir to the soul. To attempt a Guinness World Record, one doesn’t only need to be committed but also smart and also must have a strategy”.

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