For his friends, Shams (40) is the true grill master. For his fellow cyclists, summer rides are not complete unless they have had his signature varieties of marinated grilled meats.
When he first started cycling at his local H&K Cycle Club, it was just a hobby. Six years down the road, it has become a passion, with a twist - "brotherhood."
“It was the brotherhood that I experienced amongst the cyclists that motivated me to take up cycling as a hobby," says Shams who works as a senior analyst for an investment bank in London.
On 25 August, Shams, along with 25 other cyclists from the London based bike club, will be riding for 3 days through Prague, Ceske Budejovice and Vienna to raise funds for children who are suffering from various hearts defects in Bangladesh. During the course of their journey, they will be cycling just over 260 miles and 13,000 feet of elevation.
"It is going to be tough... no doubt about that! But we have the experience, the brotherhood we share as a group and ultimately, the cause we are helping," says Shams, who belives that cycling for charitable causes had added a new dimension to his passion.