Guinness World Records and Cycling

Do you think you have what is takes to pedal into Guinness World Record history?  Take a gander at some of the cycling related records.

The earliest machine propelled by cranks and pedals with connecting rods was built in 1839-40 by Kirkpatrick Macmillan (1810-78) of Dumfries, Scotland. A copy of the machine is now in the Science Museum, London, England.

The farthest 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.

The farthest distance static cycling in three minutes was 5.80 km (3.60 miles) and was achieved by Miguel Angel Castro (Spain) in Tenerife, Spain, on 18 November 2010 in celebration of Guinness World Records Day.

The fastest cycle across Canada by a relay team of five is 8 days 8 hr 14 min, and was achieved by the Team H2V (Canada) cycling from Halifax (Nova Scotia) to Vancouver (British Columbia) from 14 to 22 September 2007.

Markus Riese (Germany) cycled 50 km (31 miles) backwards in a time of 1 hr 46 min 59 sec on the track of VC Darmstadt 1899 e.V. cycling club, Darmstadt, Germany, on 24 May 2003.

The fastest ever speed attained cycling downhill on soil is 172 km/h (107 mph), by Eric Barone (France) descending the Cerro Negro volcano in Nicaragua on 12 May 2002.

The fastest ever speed attained cycling downhill on snow or ice is 222 km/h (138 mph), by Eric Barone (France) at Les Arcs, France on 21 April 2000.

The world cycling record over 4 km. (unpaced, standing start) is 4:10.534, by Jack Bobridge (Australia), at Sydney, Australia, on 2 February, 2011.

Walter Belli (Italy) and David Cachón Labrador (Spain) both rode their BMX bicycles off a platform 4 m (13.12 ft) high and continued to cycle upon landing without their feet touching the ground on the set of El Show de los Récords, Madrid, Spain on 5 December 2001. In accordance with the rules of this record, they were not allowed a runup before dropping off the platform into thin air.

The British Ordinary Enthusiasts created a self-supporting line of 131 penny farthing bicycles in Abbey Park, Leicester, UK on 27 July 2003.

Trick cycling was introduced by Ancillotti (Italy) in 1868 and, in 1904, at the Barnum Bailey Circus, one of the Ancillotti Troupe did a world first, riding down a ramp which looped the loop. At the head of the loop was a 3.3 m (10 ft) gap across which the rider leapt while upside down on his bicycle.

The greatest distance cycled solo and unpaced in 12 hours was 475.26 km (295.31 mi) by Marko Baloh (Slovenia) at the Montichiari Velodrome in Brescia, Italy, on 8 October 2010. He completed 1,901 full laps of the 250 m (820 ft 2.5 in) course in the 12 hours. Baloh continued cycling and went on to break the 24-hour record in the same attempt.  His distance in 24 hours was 903.76 km (561.57 mi). He completed 3,615 full laps of the 250 m (820 ft 2.5 in) course in the 24 hours.

Gil Bretschneider and Peer Schepanski (both Germany) rode their mountain bikes at an altitude of 7,211 m. (23,658 ft.) on the slopes of the Muztagata peak in the Xinjiang province of China, on 10 July 2009.

The highest bunny hop on a bicycle is 1.42 m (4 ft 8 in) and was achieved by Benito Ros (Spain) at the 2009 “bike the rock” festival, Heubach, Germany, on 17 May 2009.

The largest cycling race contained 31,219 finishers and was the 2004 Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour in Cape Town, South Africa, on 14 March 2004. The race featured 42,614 entrants.

Darl Bonnema (USA) cycled 180.177 km (111.956 miles) backwards on a bicycle in 24 hours at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex, Florida, USA, from 19 to 20 November 2004.

Steve Gordon (USA) rode backwards on a unicycle for a distance of 109.4 km (68 miles) at Southwestern Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri, USA on 24 June 1999.

The record for the longest distance static cycling by 100 teams in 24 hours is 64,524 km (40093.27 miles) and was set during the CentrO Festival in Oberhausen, Germany, between 30 September and 1 October 2006.

The longest marathon static cycling lasted 224 hr 24 min and 24 sec and was achieved by Patrizio Sciroli (Italy) in Teramo, Italy, from 6 to 15 May 2011.

Patrizio Sciroli

The largest underwater cycle race involved 22 scuba divers competing along the the 60-m (196-ft) long, 3-m ( 10-ft) deep 2e2 Underwater Cycling Challenge in Havelet Bay, Guernsey, Channel Islands, UK on 10 September 2006.

The most people static cycling is 1,052 and was achieved at the “Ride of a Lifetime” event organised by Life Time Fitness (USA) at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, on 7 March 2010.

The most power produced by pedalling on bicycles for 24 hours was 72, 414 watt hours and was achieved by Soreen UK at the Manchester Velodrome, Manchester, in UK on 2 December 2010.

The most consecutive bunny hops on a bicycle is 95 and was achieved by Sumihiro Shirai (Japan) at the Bicycle Stadium, Hakodate, Japan, on 27 September 2009.

Terry Goertzen (Canada) rode a 5.55 m (18 ft 2.5 in) tall bicycle, without any stabilisers, over a distance in excess of 300 m (1,000 ft) at North Kildonan Mennonite Brethren Church, Winnipeg, Canada, on 26 June 2004.

Fastest circumnavigation [of the world] by bicycle was achieved by Vin Cox on 1 August 2010 by cycling 18,225.7 miles through 17 countries in 163 days 6 hours 58 minutes.  Check out the Global Bicycle Race where Vin’s record is expected to fall.  Sorry Vin.  Thanks for organizing the race.

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