So many different feats have been achieved by humans with bicycles over the years. Some of them (a handful actually), recognized by the Guinness Book Of World Records, have been collected by me today and posted here for your viewing.
Can you blast away loosely held limits and challenge these individuals for one of the most coveted recognitions around? Enjoy...
Volvic Taiwan, Da Jia Jenn Lann Temple and Taichung County Government together organized an event that broke the record for the largest bicycle parade on March 1, 2008. A total of 2,152 bicyclists participated in the "Ten Thousand People for BIKE" challenge.
2. Largest Group Of Stationary Cyclists
The record for the most people static cycling is 412 and was achieved by Esporta Health & Fitness (UK) during their annual conference in Gloucester, UK, on 19 February 2009.
3. Most Distance On A Static Bike in 24 Hours
4. Most Miles and Longest Time On A Static Bike
George E. Hood of Naperville, Illinois spent 177 hours 45 minutes on a stationary bike at the Fry Family YMCA to pedal a total of 2616.35 miles. The previous marathon static cycling record broken was 175 hours 50 minutes. And you thought sitting on your trainer for 2 hours was an achievement. Take a look at the video of this achievement here on CNN iReport.
5. Farthest Distance Static Cycling In One Minute
The furthest distance static cycling in one minute is 2,040 metres (1.27 miles) and was achieved by Miguel Angel Castro (Spain), in Villa de Arafo, Tenerife, Spain, on 26 August 2009. Check out the record breaking video below.
6. Longest Bicycle Design
The longest true bicycle, i,e one with only two wheels and no stabilizers, was 28.1 m (92 ft 2 in) long and was built by members of Gezelschap Leeghwater, the mechanical engineering students' association at Delft University of Technology. The bicycle was ridden for a distance in excess of 100 m (328 ft) at Delft, The Netherlands, on December 11, 2002.
The deepest cycling underwater is 66.5 meters (214 feet, 10 inches) and was achieved by Vittorio Innocente in Santa Margherita Ligure, Liguria, Italy, on July 21, 2008.
The heaviest weight pulled with the eye sockets is 411.65 kilograms (907 pounds) and was achieved by The Space Cowboy, aka Chayne Hultgren of Australia, on the set of "Lo Show Dei Record" in Milan, Italy, on April 25, 2009. Apparently, all the weight was on a bicycle! Or were there three wheels to it?
The greatest distance cycled solo and unpaced in 24 hours is 890.2 km (553.14 miles) and was achieved by Marko Baloh of Slovenia at Lenart, Slovenia, on Sept. 6-7, 2008.
Curan Wright, a 38 year old man from California has been riding his bicycle backwards from 2007. His 20 inch bicycle is specially designed to ride backwards.
His aim is to cover the entire U.S, coast to coast, to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS, homelessness and hmm...the medicinal use of marijuana. He's already covered 5300 miles riding backwards and still hasn't finished this project.
Take a look at this news video from News 3 @ WSAV :
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES :
The Guinness Book Of World Records Official Website
Curan Wright's Website, "Riding Backwards"
World Records For Backwards Cycling