Wed 1st Jan 2014
Five members of the Ahmadi Cycling Club woke up early on the first day of 2014 to celebrate the new year.
These cyclists rode to Fazl Mosque in early early hours of the morning to remember and thank Allah for His bounties in the year gone passed, seek forgiveness and to seek blessings of Allah for the new year.
Therefore remember Me, and I will remember you; and be thankful to Me and do not be ungrateful to Me (Holy Qur’an 2:153)
…those who seek forgiveness in the latter part of the night (Holy Qur’an 3:18)
After Tahajjud and Fajr prayer these cyclists braved a very cold morning and light rain to cycle to the top of the iconic Box Hill in Surrey – a total distance of 40 miles.
Travel in the earth, and see how He originated the creation (Holy Qur’an 29:21)
Five cyclists started from Fazl Mosque after Fajr prayer. The group had their first casualty when one cyclist started having knee pain while going up the dreaded Church Road climb and had to retire.
The remaining four cyclists cycled to the foot of Box Hill and powered up the 1.5 mile climb. The weather then took the turn for the worst and 15 mph wind was in the face. It was really hard going up the 5-7 percent climb but the Khuddam riders were rearing to reach the top. One cyclist was dropped while the three remaining had a sprint finish between them. Hammad Khan won by a bike’s length from Tauseef Khan with Arslan Bhatti and Ali Khan not far behind.
After a few photos at the scenic but windy top of Box Hill, the Ahmadi cyclists started their ride back, a thoroughly enjoyable 13 miles downhill towards their homes for a well deserved breakfast and rest.
ACC Ride date: 1st January 2014
Distance: 40 miles