Cycling is a truly invigorating and liberating experience, enjoyed by people of all ages and from all walks of life. Whether you’re cycling to work, to school, to the shops or just for fun, the humble bicycle is an easy way to get more active and in turn save the environment (No Smoke!) . Heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke are easily avoided with regular cycling. It also boosts your mood and keeps your weight in-check. Cycling is an ideal way for to explore your neighbourhood and beyond as a a group especially. From charity rides to park cycles, signing up for a bike ride is a great way to stay motivated and experience the great outdoors.
I cycle, therefore I am is usually the mantra of all cyclists across the world. The things that connects all cyclists are their love for road, adventure, adrenaline rush, and of course cycles! Midnight cycling tours is the new favourite of Mumbai cyclists.
Nightlife of Mumbai is quite happening and these midnight cycling events are just an attempt to look at Mumbai nightlife from a different lens. These cycling tours are essentially a city tour on cycle. And to add to the quirk, as the name suggests, it starts at midnight!
For these events, you need to register yourself beforehand and show up for the cycle tour. Sometimes these events are free, and you just need to show up with a cycle and enthusiasm. Other times, there is a small fee that needs to be paid, which is inclusive of rental cycle, refreshments on the tour, helmet, medical assistance and transportation from the end point to the starting point once the tour is over.
These cycling tours mostly takes the coastal route, starting from Colaba and finishing at Bandra Band Stand. Colaba, one of the most happening locality of South Bombay, is indeed the best place to experience nightlife of Mumbai, and its there where this adventure begins. The tour covers an approximate distance of 25 kilometers. As these midnight cycling tours starts mostly on a Saturday midnight continuing till early Sunday morning. The route goes touching places like the Nariman point, Marine Drive, Haji Ali, Worli Sea Face, Shivaji Park, Siddhivinayak, Mahim Dhargha and finally concluding the trip at Bandstand. Different cycling groups have varied stops, but mostly the same route is followed with some little variation here and there. The trip is mostly covered in about five to six hours, accounting for cycling time, breaks on various points, selfie time and socializing with fellow cyclists.
A myriad organizations conduct various cycling tours in and outside the city, along with the special midnight cycling tours. Mumbai Travellers is the pioneer for such organizers. They initially started with being just a small club to unite travel lovers from Mumbai, and now has moved onto being the largest travel club in Mumbai, and one of the largest in India with a family of more than 27000 happy travellers.Others like 365Hops, MumbaiRangers, Adventure365, Thrillophilia etc. keeps the trend going in Mumbai for travel loving cyclists.
Who should attend
These events are meant for anyone who knows how to cycle! You need not even own a cycle. The level is easy, and since its going to be a diverse group, containing regular cyclists as well as newbies. Also, most of the crowd are going to be the ones who have been meaning to start cycling but never really got around to it. So whatever your pace is, there are going to be other people like you in the group. Thus all you need for this event is your skill of staying upright in a cycle, and enthusiasm. This is definitely a must try experience in Mumbai both for tourists and Mumbaiwallahs. Don’t forget the helmet, ride safe and have fun!