Cycling in Pakistan

 

Cycling can be divided into  two main categories: track  and road. Track cycling is  contested on a specially-  built banked track known as  a velodrome (250m long for  major games). Road cycling  takes place on public roads  where the natural  surroundings create a  scenic backdrop for the course.

 

 

 

What is cycling?

Have you ever wondered, what is cycling? Road cycling is the most popular form of all the types of cycling. It involves bicycling on paved roads and is a professional sport as well as a mode of transportation and a recreational activity.

 

 


History of the bicycle

Bicycles were introduced in  the 19th century and now  number about one billion  worldwide, twice as many as  automobiles. They are the  principal means of  transportation in many  regions. They also provide a  popular form of recreation, and have been adapted for such uses as children toys, adult fitness, military and police applications, courier services and bicycle racing.

 

 


Cycling in Pakistan

After the creation of Pakistan, the first National Cycling Championship was held in 1948 at the time of Pakistan’s first Olympic Games at Karachi which were declared open by Quaid-i- Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. Aftab Farrukh, Wazir Ali and Naqi Mallick emerged as first national champions in sprint and time trials. G.H.Baloch, A.R.Baloch, Salim Farooqi, Merai Din, Mohammad Ashiq and Mohammad Hafeez in due course of time became the national champions.

 

 


Pakistan Cycling Federation

The Pakistan Cycling  Federation or PCF is the  national governing body  of cycle racing in Pakistan.  It is a member of the UCI  and the Asian Cycling  Confederation. The  Pakistan Cycling  Federation was formed in  1947 after Independence  of Pakistan and the first  National Cycling  Championship was held in 1948 at the time of Pakistan’s first Olympic Games at Karachi, which were declared open by Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan.

 

 

There are four provincial associations:

• Baluchistan Cycling Association

• North-West Frontier Province Cycling Association

• Punjab Cycling Association

• Sindh Cycling Association

 

Tour de Pakistan

The Tour de Pakistan is a bicycle race held in Pakistan roughly every two years over more than 1,648 kilometers (1,024 mi). The race begins in Karachi and ends in Peshawar. It is the longest cycling race in Asia. The event used to be is 22 stages long and 2200 kilometer in length, but in 2007 it was reduced to 1648 kilometer and 11 stages.

 

Pakistan Tourism Guide

  1. Pakistan Profile

Created to meet the demands of Indian Muslims for their own homeland, Pakistan was originally in two parts. The east wing – present-day Bangladesh – is on the Bay of Bengal bordering India and Burma and the west wing – present-day Pakistan – stretches from the Himalayas down to the Arabian Sea. War with India over the disputed northern territory of Kashmir came shortly after independence – the two countries fought again in 1965.

The break-up of the two wings came in 1971 when the predominantly Bengali-speaking east wing seceded with help from India. Civilian politics in Pakistan in the last few decades has been tarnished by corruption, inefficiency and confrontations between various institutions.Alternating periods of civilian and military rule have not helped to establish stability.

During the 1980s, Pakistan received large amounts of outside aid in the struggle against Soviet forces in neighbouring Afghanistan. But with the end of the Cold War, that assistance is not so generous and Pakistan now hosts a large Afghan refugee population.Pakistan came under military rule again in October 1999 after the ousting of a civilian government which had lost a great deal of public support.

The coup leader, General Musharraf, has pledged to revive the country’s fortunes – but must overcome economic backwardness, corruption, and law and order problems.The latter are a major concern in the southern province of Sindh, beset by ethnic and sectarian strife. Tension also persists with India over Kashmir. This has fuelled international fears of a regional arms race because both Pakistan and India have a nuclear capability.

Where to start with bicycle adventures in Pakistan?

Getting Here, Flying

More than 25 airlines fly to Pakistan from over 40 countries. Most of the flights arrive at Karachi, but PIA, British Airways, Saudia and China Xinjiang Airlines fly direct to the twin cities of Rawalpindi/Islamabad, and PIA, Indian Airlines, Saudia and Thai Airways fly direct to Lahore. Pakistan International (PIA) has direct flights from the main Mediterranean and European cities, as well as New York, Toronto and Nairobi. It also runs a Far East Network from Tokyo, Beijing, Jakarta, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. PIA have also flights to Tashkent and Almaty from Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar and Karachi while another Pakistani airlines, Aero Asia has a weekly flight between Karachi and Bishkek.  You can reach Pakistan easily by flying and it is better if you reach at Islamabad or Karachi airport.

Visa

To get here you will have to get the visa and for this you will have to contact the Pakistani embassy which will co-ordinate with you and issue a visa according to the requirements, it is not very costly.

Facts about the Country

A significant part of Pakistan was under control by the British but not the whole country. For cycling in Pakistan it is important to know that not all areas in Pakistan are safe to travel. Bicycling in Pakistan is fine in Punjab and in NWFP, while traveling to Peshawar and Chitral safest can be done with a local guide. Baluchistan and West Pakistan are great to cycle but are also not 100% safe. I did both areas before September 11. I never had troubles, contrary; I found nothing but hospitality and friendship.

In the north, around the Karakoram Highway, you won’t find problems. For other northern areas like Chitral, a guide may be useful.

Although, as you will read further on, I have been cycling in Pakistan along the Afghani border, these days the road seems to be closed. After 9/11 things have changed here too. But when I was cycling in Pakistan in that particular area, I found nothing but friendship, I know I repeat myself. Maybe it was because I was biking here, I don’t know but everyone was always very friendly and helpful. But even in 2001 it was not recommended to visit the little Afridi Pathan village: Darra Adam Khel.

Darra Adam Khel is a village which seemed toe exist because of the gun shops. was bicycling south to go back to Iran, while I passed. It was a weird place. Every once in a while gun shots were heard, always close by. I was eating in one little restaurant. When I went out I saw at the other side of the street two men coming out of one of those gun shops with a gun. One man point the gun somewhere and shot: a normal street scene in Darra Adam Kehl. The restaurant owner told me it was not recommended to shoot photos, so I didn’t.

Karachi is even in the views of the many Pakistanis a dangerous place so I skipped bicycling there. This I can’t tell from my own experience since I have never been there. The messages I get vary a lot. It seems to depend where exactly you go. After dark it is certainly not encouraged to go out.

 

Distances Between Major Cities of Pakistan

 

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Marília on June 21, 2011 at 7:08 pm.

Hi! I am planning to cross Turkey, Iran and the Pakistan. However I’ve read some bad informations about South Pakistan saying it is dangerous and so on. I’d thought to cross border in Zahedan and then go to Quetta. Is that dagerous? Is there a better option (like taking a bus to Quetta or going by north Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan – to avoid South Pakistan)?.
Thank you!

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Asim on June 22, 2011 at 1:15 pm.

hi Marília. it is good that you are planning to come Pakistan. there is nothing some thing like that you have listened about Quetta . i wish that you must visit Quetta while your tour .

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washington dc map on June 22, 2011 at 1:30 am.

There are certainly quite a lot of particulars like that to take into consideration. That is a nice level to carry up. I offer the ideas above as normal inspiration however clearly there are questions like the one you bring up where an important factor will probably be working in honest good faith. I don?t know if greatest practices have emerged round things like that, however I am positive that your job is clearly recognized as a good game. Both girls and boys really feel the affect of just a moment’s pleasure, for the rest of their lives.

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Umair on June 23, 2011 at 6:57 pm.

Hi Marília, as Asim said there is no such security issues but for your security as being a female you must have to talk to the official of that side to provide you some proper security and its better if you come with a male friend. With this you will feel more secure.
Also we have uploaded few videos which can help you out to plan the routes and spots for staying at night.

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anum on July 4, 2011 at 12:27 am.

Hi! actually i wan to ask for the information about the registration and other formalities regarding the registration for the tour de Pakistan race.

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Umair on July 5, 2011 at 3:09 pm.

Hi anum, we searched about the registration for Tour de Pakistan but could not find anything usefull to be mentioned. Pakistan Cycling Federation organizes this event but they have no specific website where you can look for registration information, however, we can help you a bit. Keep checking these links for the updated information. We hope that you will have your required info when registration opens .
http://www.facebook.com/pakistanCycling00
http://www.gtp.gr/TDirectoryDetails.asp?id=53247

To read about the Tour de Pakistan visit:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pakistan_Cycling_Federation
You can ask directly for the upcoming events and registration on their email address
pakistancyclingfederation_pcf@hotmail.com

Regards,
Pakistan Cycling Team.

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