As I write this article my thoughts and prayers go out to the family and loved ones of 3 incredibly young, talented and committed cyclists, Junaid Zaman, Jaspal Singh Virdi and Ajay Padval whom we have lost in a span of 7 days. I am sure all 3 of them are still sitting on their saddle and pedalling away in another world.
After having worked in this industry for the past decade and a half, I have made many friends who I first knew as customers, dealers and athletes from various parts of the country. I have had the pleasure of meeting them informally at events, races and sometimes bumping into them at airports and restaurants. The loss of these 3 incredibly talented human beings is a big loss to the entire cycling community in India, and something that comes as a shock given the short span of time that it has all happened in.
I am positive that each one of us took up cycling again after childhood on the prodding of a friend, and then got hooked on to it and became friends with more people we met whilst on the saddle. Jaspal, Junaid and Ajay were those special friends to countless cyclists across India, who pushed us to get onto the bike when we fell off or when the urge to get off the saddle was at its strongest.
The one thing that tied Junaid, Ajay and Jaspal together was the fact that in their own unique way they motivated more people to get onto the cycle, ride and pursue their passions, and such super people will always be missed. Their single-minded dedication to cycling and how they wanted to make a difference to the society at large is what made all the difference.
“I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.” – Leo Buscaglia
COUNTRY MANAGER, SCOTT SPORTS INDIA