Biking on the roads is adventurous. And bike-racing on a track is a different experience altogether. Now when the country’s sportswomen are shining in all sports, how can bike-racing be left out? Chennai girl Rehana Reya is making sure India is represented well in the bike-racing arena, and she does it with skill and aplomb.
Rehana has many wins under her belt since she began with non-geared scooters in Class 7. She stood first place in the Honda Support Race — the premiere all-women’s race in Indian motorsport history — which was organized on the sidelines of the National Racing Championship in Irungattukottai last weekend. The 19-year-old Chennaite’s racing roots first took shape during her days at the MGR Adarsh Matriculation School (Mugappair).
Although Rehana did have the choice to get tutelage from her brother, Abdul Wahab, is also a former professional bike racer. But Rehana preferred to self-learn and be self made.“Though my brother was my inspiration, he didn’t really want me to become a racer because of the hardships he faced — lack of funds and the general struggle that racers have to endure in our country,” she shared. “Now he encourages me all the time. He was there during this race too to boost my morale.”
Rehana’s foray into the professional sport got a boost after getting spotted by the Honda representatives. In class 12 then, Rehana drove atop her friend’s R15 near Besant Nagar and Marina Beach.
Academically, Rehana is pursuing a degree in Shipping and Logistics at the AMET University and also doing modeling assignments in her free time. But she is well-intent on making her dream of becoming a professional bike racer come true.
It’s not going to be easy and she is aware. “Hopefully, if I get funding, I may be able to involve myself in racing more seriously,” she says.
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