Never a sports enthusiast but now a cycling champion. Sameera Auluck the Super Randonneur from Ludhiana has made everyone proud with her achievements. Started as a hobby with her girl-friends, she took it to another level with her dedication and hard work. She says that she believes in the mantra; ‘One Life – live it to the best’ and practices it to inspire herself. We talked to her about her journey, and her experiences of cycling around the country.
Q.1 what inspired you to start with cycling?
I began cycling 5 years back, as a group of girls getting together on Sunday mornings waking up at 4:30 am, missing the usual weekend parties just to get the fresh morning air & the freedom you feel when you are on your cycle. I started cycling on a basic Avon Cycles bike four years ago exploring the green fields & unknown roads on the outskirts of Ludhiana. With time, I started enjoying my ride & it became a routine. After some time I took part in a race organised by Decathlon Sports India from Ludhiana to Phillaur & earned 2nd position. It gave a boost to my confidence. Then, CT group of institutions organised a race where I bagged the 1st position. And then last year, I came 2nd in mountain biking organised at the Lawrence School Sanawar (Tour de Sanawar). All this was so encouraging & one fine day I got introduced to world of Randonneuring and long distance ultra-cycling. And no, I was never a sports enthusiast in my life.
Q.2 who has been your inspiration all this while?
ONE LIFE – LIVE IT TO THE BEST, is what I practice. I’m constantly pushing myself to become a better version of myself. Hard work accompanied with determination makes dreams come true. This is what inspires me.
Q.3 Do you think because of being a woman, the journey was more difficult for you?
Yes, being a woman it was a little difficult as we live in a different country where both genders unfortunately are not treated as equals.. During night there used to be men on bikes passing witty remarks but at the same time my team and co-riders which included men were very supportive and made me feel comfortable.
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