On May 18, 2017 Kishan clocked 10,000 kms in 138 days of continuous pedaling in this calendar year. He is one cyclist not only in our club but whole of Mangalore, who everyone look up to for inspiration and guidance and is affectionately called as Guru in all its sense.
His passion for sports is nothing new, at the age of 17 he got into Body Building and at 18 years he became the university champion. He was a gold medalist at inter university level and also bagged the titles Karnataka Uday, Karnataka Kishore, Bharath Uday, Bharath Kishore, Bharath Kumar, Karnataka Kumar, Karnataka Shree, Bharath Shree and Bharath Shresht. He was selected to represent India for the Mr. World competition to be held in Japan, however due to passport issues and financial constraints he couldn’t make it to the event. He joined railways in 1988 and currently is the Chief Ticket Inspector and Deputy Station Manager Commercial at Mangalore Central Railway Station.
He started his cycling journey around 4 years back for getting back to a fit and healthy lifestyle. His level of interest in cycling increased when he watched Tour de France in 2013 and has been pedaling since then, which resulted in a lot of change in his lifestyle and fitness after a break. Moreover he has inspired many to take up cycling on a regular basis. When it comes to cycling for Kishan and his partner Mr. Dony Menezes who is the current President of Mangalore Bicycle Club, they have always been encouraging themselves and cyclists around to be regular. Last one year saw a break and cycling took a backseat due to his hectic work schedules and health issues of family member. But he couldn’t resist his temptation to restart his passion for long time.
Thus beginning of this calendar year, he set off on his new mission of pedaling everyday despite whatever hurdles come his way. And on May 18, 2017 he successfully completed 10,000 kms milestone on his pedal, which is an average of 72 kms per day. He is the first one from our club to qualify for MbC Ultra Distance Club 2017 and he completed the annual target of 10000 kms in just 5 months. His objective through this mission was to achieve overall fitness and discipline in his life. He always says “being regular on a bicycle is any day better and satisfying than being faster on it”. He has shed close to 14 kgs in those 138 days of cycling along with controlled healthy diet plan. Besides his weight loss, he has gained a total synchronization of his personal, work and fitness space through this disciplined approach and dedication. For the month of May 2017, he was ranked No.1 in India for Gran Fondo challenge and ranked No.3 in India on distance challenge launched by STRAVA. When all of us congratulated him on this great feat, he said, this is just the beginning and he is aiming at cycling all 365 days of this calendar year thereby creating a record. We are sure there is no more justification required as to why people from cycling fraternity refer him as “Guru”. For all his achievements , he is grateful to his wife Sushma Kishan who is also a fitness freak and his son Ansh Bangera for their continuous support in achieving his fitness goals.