Meanwhile, as part of Coimbatore Vizha, a100-kilometre cycle tour was taken out along the outskirts of district on Sunday to celebrate the scenic splendour of Coimbatore. ‘Tour de Kovai’ began on the Sri Shakthi educational institution campus at L & T By-pass Road, with 51 cyclists taking part. The youngest was a seven-year-old and the oldest, 51. Those who took part include corporate professionals, college students and entrepreneurs. The route from Perur to Marudhamalai, along Vedapatti, was a landscape filled with various species of birds including peacocks. The cyclists took between four to seven hours to complete the entire route. Deepan Thangavelu, managing trustee of Sri Shakthi Institute of Engineering and Technology, who is coordinating this event for Coimbatore Vizha, said the rally proceeded through Madukkarai, Perur, Marudhamalai and Saravanampatti before reaching the starting point through Chinniyampalayam. “There are some exceptionally beautiful locations in the district. We want to highlight them through this cycle tour,” he added.
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A 100-kilometre-cycle rally was held on Sunday as part of the 'Coimbatore Vizha 2014' events held in the city. GT Gagan, a 6-year-old boy, was among the 50 cyclists who took part in the rally. Gagan, who is also a swimmer, did not see it to the finish line but nonetheless was a part of the "interesting experience". "It was nice to be part of the race with several others. I saw so many interesting places as I was pedalling across the city," he said. The ride titled 'Tour de Kovai' began near Avinashi Road around 6.30am and en route covered various places including Perur, Maruthamalai and other notable places before heading back into the city. The rally was conducted by the organisers of 'Coimbatore Vizha 2014' in an attempt to create awareness about both the city, and the Vizha. "The rally brought both professional and amateur cyclists together in an attempt to spread awareness about the 'Coimbatore Vizha 2014'. It was an interesting sight for all to see," said TS Guruprasath, the boy's father. T Dheepan, the Managing Trustee of Sri Shakthi Institute of Engineering and Technology who led the cycle rally said that he wanted the people to appreciate the inherent beauty of the city and the surrounding places. "Our ride passed through several heritage buildings as well as some lakes. There were many places where participants could catch a glimpse of picturesque sights," he said. Many others too shared his enthusiasm. "Many residents and people who were driving would stop and wave to encourage us. There were many who even congratulated us for organising such an event," said G Sai Arjun, a final year engineering student, who took part in the competition. JP Prakash, a sub-inspector with CRPF, too was enthused by the concept of pedalling away to visit the outskirts of the city. The rally organisers also took care of the safety measures by having volunteers and their vehicles travelling with them. When cyclists like Gagan felt tired, there was always a vehicle ready for them to rest for a bit before continuing on. The rally came to a close at around 12.30pm at Chinniampalayam where all the cyclists gathered at the finish line.