Srinagar, India, July 24, 2019 —
A 21-year old youth from Narbal area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district has become the first Kashmiri to complete a non-stop cycling tour for a record 420 km high-altitude distance. Named Adil Teli, the youth covered this great high-altitude distance from Srinagar to Ladakh.
According to Jammu & Kashmir Cycling Association, Adil started his cycling expedition on 21 July 2019 from Srinagar at 6:35 AM and reached Leh on 22 July.
“He has set a new milestone for travellers and voyageurs from Kashmir,” said Mushtaq Ahmad, Joint Secretary Jammu and Kashmir Cycling Association (JKCA). Adil said that this is one of the biggest milestones of his cycling career. “There are still miles to go for more records,” he said.
“Adil is special because of his grit at such a young age! We were honoured to aid his journey and we hope cycling catches on as a sport to look forward to in the Valley in future,” Kamran Nisar, one of the supporters of Adil’s cycling tour, said.
Saleem Ahmad, Secretary JKCA at Budgam, and Mohammad Nafi, a senior cyclist from Srinagar, accompanied Adil in the expedition as observers.