In this episode I talk with Zahir Nayani, the creator of the Fasted 500.
The Fasted 500 is a pioneering independent Ramadan cycling challenge. In Zahir's own words:
"I love cycling and also happen to be Muslim.
Many of us substantially (and, in some instances, completely) reduce exercise during Ramadan to conserve energy. That goes for us cyclists too. I think that's a shame as, for most of us, a sensible level of exercise should pose no harm in a fasted state. In fact, light exercise during the month can help give lethargy and sloth the heave-ho.
So, here we have an independent spin-off of Rapha's now iconic Festive 500 with the aim of encouraging more Muslims to keep active during Ramadan (and hopefully continue the habit afterwards!).
Amidst the backdrop of the pandemic, we believe this initiative to be all the more important. A daily dose of fresh air can do wonders for headspace and, from a personal perspective, we've found cycling to have an uncanny habit of decluttering our minds. "
We have a chat about Zahir's experiences of riding whilst fasting, what Ramadan is and when it takes place and about the support he's been getting from the cycling community. We also have a chat about bikepacking, the trips Zahir has planned this year and about local riding route in Swindon, we live very close!
If you'd like to find out more about the challenge feel free to checkout the website or instagram.
Thanks all. I hope you enjoy the episode.
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