As one of the most senior-ranked positions in the Indian Army, a Lieutenant General is entitled to fly in a service aircraft or drive down in a cavalcade of cars.
But for Lieutenant General Alok Kler, only a cycle would do to take him from Delhi to Jaipur where he is supposed to take over a prestigious military appointment this week, reports Hindustan Times.
Fully kitted in his cycling gear, Lieutenant General Kler will set out on a 270 Km trip from New Delhi to Rajasthan’s capital, Jaipur.
Speaking to HT, he said:
Cycling is a terrific workout and I am passionate about it. I believe fitness should be a personal mission and not imposed by the organisation. It sends a message of fitness to the men under my command and others too.
Kler’s sons, Aiman and Arman, will accompany him on his cycling trip that they hope to finish in less than 14 hours.
Lt. Gen. Alok Singh Kler has become the first ever DGMT of the Indian Army to have undertaken skydiving. The skydive for Lt Gen Kler was conducted by instructors and training staff of Indian Army (Army Adventure Wing) in Nashik on 25-26 April.#ReporterDiary (@manjeetnegilive) pic.twitter.com/WQ9KDj6gKd— India Today (@IndiaToday) April 27, 2019
The General’s passion for fitness is well known and a few of his friends even joked that had he been appointed Southern Army commander, he would have happily cycled away from Delhi to Pune.
Kler, who was commissioned into the 68 Armoured Regiment in June 1982, was born to an army officer who retired as a three-star general.