Another feather in Indian Army’s Cap! Lieutenant General Anil Puri has become the first serving Lieutenant General-rank officer of the Indian Army to complete France’s oldest cycling event, 1,200-km Paris-Brest-Paris circuit.
The 56-year-old officer completed the circuit on August 23 by cycling non-stop for 90 hours. Over 31,125 riders have managed to complete Paris-Brest-Paris Randonneur ever since the event started in 1931.
This year, the picturesque town of Rambouillet hosted the departure and arrival for the event.
Lieutenant General Anil Puri has become first serving general of the Indian Army to complete France’s oldest cycling event, 1,200-km Paris-Brest-Paris circuit. The 56 years old officer completed the circuit on 23 August by cycling non-stop for 90 hours, without sleep. pic.twitter.com/3s2rUZvCjb
— ANI (@ANI) August 25, 2019
The official page of the Indian Army posted a tweet which reads,
#Congratulations Lieutenant General Anil Puri to become first serving general #IndianArmy to complete France’s oldest cycling event, 1,200-km Paris-Brest-Paris circuit. The 56 years old officer completed the circuit on 23 August 19 by cycling non-stop for 90 hours, without sleep.
#Congratulations Lieutenant General Anil Puri to become first serving general #IndianArmy to complete France’s oldest cycling event, 1,200-km Paris-Brest-Paris circuit. The 56 years old officer completed the circuit on 23 August 19 by cycling non-stop for 90 hours, without sleep. pic.twitter.com/qPyDlWrdYN
— ADG PI – INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) August 25, 2019
The participants, having exposed to the enervating nature of the cycling event, had to put up with extreme weather temperatures during the ride. Besides, the participants were required to climb around 31,000 feet in completing the entire circuit from Rambouillet. Lt. General Puri, in order to meet the challenges during the ride, has been conditioning himself, physically as well as mentally, besides following a strict diet regime. Puri said,
As Indians, we don’t get to cycle on hilly terrain. Our cities are mostly flat. Hence, we get tired easily because of poor muscular development.
90 hours translates to almost four days non-stop. How many of us under 50-years of age can actually sustain beyond a day without sleep to achieve such a feat? The lieutenant managed to do that in his late 50s to become the first one from the Indian Army to do so. Twitter was in complete awe and appreciation for Lieutenant General Anil Puri. Here are some of the motivating and congratulatory messages for our defence personnel.
unbelievable.. its a great feat. ??. People should just imagine what younger staff of armed forces can do if a 56 year old officer can do this at age of 56. 90 hours NON-STOP cycling.
— Hopeful Indian (@nbedags) August 25, 2019
I think age just a number ????
— Huz Mahammad Asif (@HuzAsif) August 25, 2019
Congratulations to General Puri!
What a fitness and what a determination sir! Kudos.
You have achieved what many young people can’t even think of.
— Earthy बसंत (@EarthySays) August 25, 2019
Congratulations to Lt. General Anil Puri ji on behalf of myself and my family! Kudos to his Support Team and the Armed Forces. Regards. Venugopal
— Venugopal Muthyala (@venumuthyala) August 25, 2019
DNA of Indian Army and will-power
— R C Zakaas (@ChunaZakaas) August 25, 2019
Well Done Gen Puri ! Heartiest congratulations. Proud of u.
— Lt Col Anil Kabotra,retd (@anil_lt) August 25, 2019
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