Kolkata: CNG Cyclo Vaganza 2021 tournament will be held on January 23 and 24 at Eco Park in New Town, Kolkata. It is a first of its kind event to be held in Eastern India.
Cyclo Vaganza 2021 is organized by Cycle Network Grow and West Bengal Cyclists Association and is supported by HIDCO and FIT India Movement. The event aims to bring all the cyclists on a common platform, irrespective of their gender, age or city. Around 200 cyclists will be participating in the tournament.
Abhijit Sett, General Secretary, West Bengal Cyclists’ Association, said, “We have already prepared a calendar for racing till the mid of the year and progressing with it. We will be arranging a lot of races this year too with the support of the Cycling Federation of India as per the calendar.”
Pankaj Patel, Member, Technical Committee, Cyclo Vaganza 2021, said, “Our aim is to make Kolkata a hub of cycling in Eastern India and to provide a perfect platform to young people.”
It is a team-based cycling event. There are 6 Race Formats with 11 Teams. Each team has 8 Riders and will consist: 2 Ladies, 2 Juniors, 2 Elites and 2 Masters. The teams will compete against each other in 6 cycling events during the 2day competition, divided into 2 categories – Road Bikes and MTB. There are 2 races for open category also for the general public.
Each team has a mentor who is responsible for selection of the team in consultation with the captain. The mentor is also responsible for grooming the players, held practice sessions, selecting the players for each sub-event and to communicate with the organizers. The Captain is the Rider who is allotted to each team mentor by the lottery system. Captains were selected by the organisers from the pool of riders available.