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Rakesh Banik, the first ever para-cyclist from Northeast surmounted Leh starting up from Manali on his cycle covering almost more than 520kms. The event is been organized by 'Infinity Ride'. Banik is looking forward to place his name in Limca Book of World Records through this event. In addition to that, he wishes to hoist the Assamese Gamusa in Khardungla top.
He a resident of Ambagan, Nagaon, Assam. On 11th June, 2012 he met with an accident due to which he lost his right leg. After spending a period of six months on bed he met Aditya Mehta, the renowned cyclist from Hyderabad, India through a Facebook group"The challenging one".
Banik was trained by Mr. Mehta and covered his first ride from Pune to Mumbai within 23 hours. That time he was facing bleeding problem from his stump. But he didn't quit. And after that a number of cycling events followed.
Some of his achievements are:
1. Pune to Mumbai 180kms, Time: 24hrs. Aditya Mehta foundation
2. Bangalore to Hyderabad 630kms, Time: 30 hrs. Infinity ride organised by B.S.F, N.T.R trust and Aditya Mehta foundation.
3. Gachibowli Athletic Stadium, Hyderabad to Vignan institute, 75kms, preload infinity ride organised by infinity ride
4.Kaliabor to Shillong 270 kms, Time: 24hrs, Pinkathon.
5.Kaliabor to Lakhimpur. 520 km
6.Numaligarh to N.R.L Township. Numaligarh Marathon organised by N.R.L
TNT-The Northeast Today wish this brave soul lots of luck for his future endeavors.