A duathlon in the city by Gayathre Rajam’s G3 has both men and women testing their limits on road
COME August 7 and over 300 participants will take part in a duathlon conducted by city-based women’s cycling group, G3 (Gayathre’s Gang of Girls). Many of you may know them as the group who announced their entry into the city’s riding scene with an early morning zip through OMR last March. Founded by Gayathre Rajam, a triathlete, yoga and cross-fit trainer, they conducted their first duathlon last year. With teams of two, the duathlon requires one member of each team to run and the other to cycle. Running distances range from five to 10 kilometres, while the cyclists cover 20-40 kilometres.
The starting point for the upcoming second edition is at Decathlon store, OMR. While the running route goes through Sholinganallur, the cyclists will be riding towards Mahabalipuram. “With less traffic on these wide roads, I expect great speeds to be achieved,” says a confident Rajam. So far, close to 300 have signed up. With technical support provided by OMR-based bike shop, Pro-Bikers, the event has Novotel to thank for breakfast and refreshments. However, if you need more coaxing to give your legs some workout, you might give in if we tell you that this duathlon is a fund-raising initiative for city-based NGO, Aim For Seva, that provides education to children in rural areas.
Open to both men and women (above 16 years). On August 7, 5 am onwards. From Rs 850 per head. Details: eventjini.com
— Karan Pillai