Nagasreenivasu Akula Rides for the Cheers Foundation (Phenomenex India)

After four years as product manager at Phenomenex, life became a bit predictable—until I received a fateful email from our corporate headquarters. I learned that my company was rallying people to join the London to Paris bike ride, a historic charity event that raises money for various humanitarian efforts. Courageously, I entered my name and was thrilled when they selected me as one of the 10 riders to participate.


Each rider raises funds for a charity of their choice—mine being the Cheers Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to providing food, shelter, education, and a loving atmosphere for underprivileged children. As a family man, this charity means even more to me when I think about my wife and 2-year-old daughter at home.


While I was looking for information about cycling stores in the city, I came across Hyderabad Bicycle Club. D.V Manohar, chairman of the club, successfully participated in the grueling London to Paris cycle challenge twice—in 2011 and 2013. Under his guidance, I joined.


At the moment, I am undergoing extensive training on Saturdays and Sundays. I practice at the Outer Ring Road, which covers a 100 kilometer radius around the city. Waking up early in the morning and riding my bike long distances on the weekends is making me a healthier person. I’m even more energetic and enthusiastic about other daily responsibilities. The opportunity to partake in this charitable event certainly makes me proud.


Click here to learn more and join me in supporting the Cheers Foundation.

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