Vinod Punamiya cycles faster than Deccan Queen

Vinod Punamiya, a 50-year-old cyclist covered a 140-km stretch from the outskirts of Pune to Dombivli in Mumbai faster than the Deccan Queen Express on Sunday. Vinod riding a made-in-Italy cycle, covered the distance in two hours and 10 minutes, arriving at Dombivli 22 minutes ahead of the train.

Called Ghatacha Raja (King of the Ghats) by his friends for his feats as a cyclist, Punamiya said his love for the sport began in the eighties when he first saw a Mumbai-Pune cycle race on TV.

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