6000 people participated in Indian Cyclothon

Chandigarh: Over 6,000 people, including some members of Indian cycling team for the Commonwealth Games, participated in the `Indian Cyclothon` here on Sunday.

Punjab Governor Shivraj V Patil flagged off the event at Sukhna lake here. Dashing Indian cricket team opener Virender Sehwag flagged off the kids ride.

People from different age groups and diverse walks of life took part in the fourth edition of the Cyclothon held under the aegis of Cycling Federation of India.

The different categories of races included 60 km national elite race, 20 km corporate ride, 10 km green ride, 20 km amateur ride and 5 km kids ride. C Rajan won the elite race.

The event also marked the onset of Chandigarh World Tourism Week till October one.

On the occasion, Patil released the tourism literature to bring awareness to the tourists as well as the other people about the city.

Home Secretary Ram Niwas said that the administration was organising a lot of events to promote Chandigarh as a tourist

Other prominent people present on the occasion included Rajya Sabha member and Cycling Federation of India president Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa.