Vadodara boy won Gold in 26th National Road Cycling Championship held at Kurukshetra
First ever gold medal for Vadodara in geared cycling category
Vadodara cyclist bring laurels to the city and state after won gold in the recently concluded 26th National Road Cycling Championship organized by The Cycling Federation Of India at Kurukshetra in Haryana from 25 to 28th November. It's the first ever gold medal in the history of Vadodara in the geared cycling category.
The rookie Kedar Patel aged 16 years, studying in grade 11 of Ambe School, Manjalpur bagged a Gold in his category of 15-16 years boys. Part of the very fast Mass start race, he fought tooth and nail till the last compete with close to 80 participants. The race ended with the exciting sprint finish where Kedar showed his exceptional skill and strength by covering the distance of 40 kms in 59 minutes & 12 seconds with an average speed of 40.5 km/hr.
He won silver medal in the state championship organized by Gujarat Cycling Association and get selected for the State team. Two other participants from Vadodara Riddhi Kadam (in Women Elite Category) and Vrushti Patel (girls youth category, under 14) were also selected to represent the state at the National level after bagging silver in their respective categories.
All the winners are training with well known coaches, Nimish Makadia & Miten Thakker (Cyclozeal Training & Assistance), who have over the years, 49 medals to their credit at National Championship and many more medals at state championships along with 2 guiness records for Ultra cycling.
"It is definitely a proud moment for us rather for entire Vadodara. Kedar and his brother Prem (equally talented) have been training with us since over a year, His dedication, determination, discipline and hardwork has manifested into this victory. This is an expensive sport and not many sportspersons choose this as their career. The medal will now inspire others specially the youths to join the sport," said coach Nimish Makadia.