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‘I couldn’t believe it when I got here there was so many women cycling’

The pressures of Indian culture have not been forgotten by Charul Singh, but her move to study in Limerick have allowed her to develop a love for cycling – and it all started with a €50 bike

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Charul Singh: ‘Life is not easy as an immigrant, you can feel disconnected, but people in the cycling club have been so supportive’

Charul Singh: ‘Life is not easy as an immigrant, you can feel disconnected, but people in the cycling club have been so supportive’

Charul Singh: ‘Life is not easy as an immigrant, you can feel disconnected, but people in the cycling club have been so supportive’

As a child, Charul Singh would sneak into one of the holy temples in her densely packed Delhi neighbourhood and borrow one of the heavy steel bikes belonging to the owner or the local milkman when nobody was watching.

With her head barely above the handlebars, she would cycle around the garden parks or ‘lungs’ of her local community, relishing the freedom and excitement of travelling under her own steam, before carefully replacing the bike in its rightful place and quietly going home.


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