The 20-year-old Vedangi Kulkarni created a record when she arrived in Kolkata on December 23. She has become the fastest Asian woman to cycle around the globe and acculumated a distance of 29,000 kms in 159 days; 300 km per day. The trip commenced from Perth in Australia in June earlier this year.
The certificate confirming her status as the “fastest woman in Asia to cycle across the globe” will be handed to her within five to six months as stated by an official from National Sports Club of India. “It is a moment of proud and joy for us. The young girl became the first Asian to achieve such a success. We will surely contact with the Sports ministry to felicitate her,” said the official.
Prior to her trip, Vedangi had brought forward her idea behind her ‘unsupported solo trip.' It was her wish to see the world alone and communicate with people of all kinds. In 2016, it was a solo ride on the Manali-Drass route that caught her attention to long distance cycling.
Vedangi added, “At Bournemouth University, I started solo cycling, but faced lots of difficulties." She revealed that she saw her hardships and had to even resort to sleeping in the streets of London alone post an accident.
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