43-Year Old Pune Cyclist Will Attempt To Set World Record By Riding 6000 Km In 22 Days

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Pune Cyclist Guinness World Record: 43-Year Old Pune Cyclist to attempt for a Guinness World Record by riding 6000 km Golden Quadrilateral in 22 days.

Preeti Maske, a 43-year old woman based in Pune, Maharashtra, is all set to attempt to make a Guinness World record by becoming the fastest woman to cycle along the 6,000-km Golden Quadrilateral. Although the authorities of the Guinness Book of World Records have given her a maximum time limit of 30 days to complete the route, Preeti said that she aims to finish it in 22 days.

Preeti is an ardent advocate of women empowerment and has decided to embark on this solo cycle ride ahead of International Women’s Day, which is on March 8, in order to make a statement about the power of women. Furthermore, she also told that this endeavour gives her additional motivation and confidence to take on the ultimate challenge of completing an Ironman event, the premier long-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC).

The Golden Quadrilateral route is from Pune to Bengaluru-Chennai-Kolkata-Delhi, Rajasthan–Mumbai and back to Pune. She will set off from Shaniwar Wada on February 27.

About Preeti Maske

Preeti Maske is an entrepreneur and a mother of a 21-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son, who made her cycling debut at the age of 40 in international events. A trekking enthusiast and trail runner in the mountains, she was initially trained with Pedal pusher cycling and now, with Endurance Athlete club and Blue Brigade.

She represented India in the Asia Pacific Masters Athletics Games in 2017, held in Malaysia and won two gold medals in the competition. Since then, there has been no looking back and she has participated in five full marathons, two 100K ultras, 30 half marathons, four 42k Ultras, one triathlon and various other cycling competitions.

In December 2019, she completed the cycling expedition from Kashmir to Kanyakumari in 17 days and 17 hours, cycling 3,773 km. In fact, she earned the ‘Super Randonneur’ title when she cycled 1,600 km in 5 days 5 hours from Nashik to Amritsar.

About her upcoming attempt to make a world record, Preeti said, “Earlier, two women from Pune have cycled along the 6,000 km Golden Quadrilateral. But they took 46 days to complete it. Mine is a solo ride with approval from the Guinness Book of World Records.”

When asked about starting to cycle professionally in her early 40s, she said, “I believe age is not a barrier to explore your passion.” She further added that her husband, Dattatreye Maske, has been a pillar of support and will accompany her on the Golden-quadrilateral ride.