Tour de Karachi

Today, a little before 1 pm., our bus, on it way to Sakhi Hasan Chowrangi from the Five Star Signal, swooshed past a few geared up cyclists, probably racing towards a finish line. I did point my camera phone towards them but we were way out of their range by then. Any guesses who the organizers of the race were?
What was amazing to see was the excitement of the onlookers. Eyes peered out of car windows to take a better look and some even waved. Goes to show how less we witness such events in Karachi.

The sport should be given more institutional backing. I searched the internet and found Karachi has no Cycling Federation of its own. There’s a Pakistan Cycling Federation but no one to organize city wide competitions and promote the sport among the urban population.
Thanks to consumer financing, the number of cars on the road are rising at a phenomenal level. It would be a good change if we could see more bicycles now.

5 Comments so far

  1. d0ct0r (unregistered) on January 26th, 2007 @ 7:03 pm

    makrani people from layari area are often seen enjoying long cycle race all the way from layari to clifton beach and even some times i have spotted them on shara-e-faisal … apart from cycling these people are good with football as well


  2. d0ct0r (unregistered) on January 26th, 2007 @ 7:04 pm

    maybe if proper coaching is privided to them they can be transformed into world class players


  3. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on January 26th, 2007 @ 7:47 pm

    Sid, sorry to rain on your parade, but do you think that this city have any roads good enough for cycling.

    At present, the only vehicles, that can comfortably tranverse across the city roads are four-wheel drives.


  4. MB (unregistered) on January 26th, 2007 @ 9:09 pm

    mera bachpun ke din
    kitney achay they din
    mmmmm
    Well i would love to use bicycle but i guess ARSALAM has already said what i wanted to. We dont have proper footpaths to walk on. Forget the bicycle. I need space to walk before i think of something else.


  5. wasiq (unregistered) on January 27th, 2007 @ 5:10 am

    YA ALLAH TERA SHUKAR BLAST JALDI NAHEIN HUA…..AAJ TOH PARROSAN GATE TAK AATI FAREWELL KARNEY…..MUJHEY KYA PATA THA KYA HO RAHA HAI DOO DOO BAJEY TAK…MAIN TOH SAMJHA THA KYA EID KI SHOPPING HO RAHEE HO GI…..



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