MINSK, 5 March (BelTA) – While talking to workers of the Minsk-based bicycle and motorcycle manufacturing company Motovelo on 5 March, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko mentioned how often he rides a bicycle and what models he prefers, BelTA has learned.
Aleksandr Lukashenko remarked that he has loved riding a bicycle since he was a child and still goes for a ride, particularly when the weather does not allow him to go skating on roller skis. “I strongly regret that I don't work out by riding [Motovelo's] AIST. Although I have one,” he said. “I cycle during the muddy season and in summer sometimes. But every day I cycle for at least three to five minutes on an exercise bike. I cycle every day, including today. It is very beneficial for the heart.”
The head of state said that he has plenty of bicycles because his children also work out by riding bicycles. “So, I hand out these bicycles to them. The entire world has already seen my bicycle. They've already calculated how much it costs. It was a gift I received about five years ago. But then again it is not your product,” he added.
Aleksandr Lukashenko said he prefers bicycles with carbon frames. He believes such models should be manufactured in Belarus, too. “We will assemble them at first and possibly manufacture them later on. The competition in this market segment is tough. This is why the most important thing is for us to understand that cycling is the best thing for one's health. Better than football and ice hockey,” he noted.