MS Dhoni unveils the 'Bike Festival of India'
That Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a swashbuckling batsman is a fact known to everyone living on Planet Cricket. That India's cricket team captain is an avid motorcyclist is also a known fact - he's got his own team in the FIM Supersport World Championship, and also owns a Confederate X132 Hellcat, in case you didn't know. Now, he's taking his passion for two wheels to the next level, by announcing the arrival of the 'Bike Festival of India' (BFI), a near year-long celebration of everything two-wheeled.Co-organised by Dhoni's management firm, Rhiti Sports, and Event Capital, BFI aims to bring together all biking communities present in the country today to kick off a biking adventure unlike any other. You see, BFI will not be an event that lasts for a couple of days - it will consist of a series of events open to every biker, the first of which is a cross-country ride to be held sometime in Q1 this year. Bikers will chart the length and breadth of our country in a bid to break into the Guinness Book of World Records, and to promote safe riding at the same time.A racing championship, which will adopt a similar pattern of categories as MotoGP, with bikes being classified according to engine displacement, will take place at the Buddh International Circuit in March. After that, the BFI will organise a dirt bike championship, as well as a rally championship. There will also be stunt riding competitions, to go with off-track excursions like weight lifting, arm wrestling, bench press, push ups. No stereotyping, chaps. The festival, which will also showcase motorcycles and accessories, will culminate with the BFI awards at the BIC in October. MSD will most likely not be a part of most scheduled events (how do you expect him to when he's busy dealing with the Cooks and the Clarkes of the cricketing world?), but his emphasis on safe riding will most certainly be an example for the many gentleman's game-loving Indian youths to follow.