(San Diego) – Endurance cyclists Pete Masiel, of San Diego, and Wendy Gardiner, of Acworth, Ga. set a new Guinness World Record for stationary bike riding by riding 96 hours, 4 minutes, 8 seconds surpassing the previous record by 11 hours!
The couple completed their five-day, four-night adventure on Sunday out front of Zumwalt’s Bicycle Center in San Diego, where they were riding outside the entire time.
The current record of 85 hours was set earlier this year by George Hood of Burr Hill, Ill. (http://www.usatoday.com/news/offbeat/2007-01-14-stationary-biker_x.htm)
Guinness allows a five-minute break each hour that may be accumulated for longer rest periods as needed. During the 96 hours, they were off the bike for 7 ½ hours, with four hours and two minutes being used as sleep breaks. The rest of the time was spent taking two showers and answering nature’s calls.
During the event, the couple watched movies, listened to music, surfed the internet, socialized with friends, and answered questions from inquisitive people wondering why anyone would ride a stationary bike for so long.
They also are selling raffle tickets for a $6,000 bicycle provided at a discount by Zumwalt’s Bicycle Center. Tickets are $50 each and only 200 will be sold. Proceeds will benefit the Burn Institute in San Diego, and the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation.
The World Record will not be official until documentation has been received and verified by Guinness, which is located in London. The owners of Zumwalt’s Bicycle Center were witnesses of the event by documenting time off the stationary bike, and monitoring constant pedaling by the cyclists.
They also will be raising funds for the Race Across America (RAAM), in which they are racing this June as a two-person team. RAAM is a 3,000-mile bicycle race from Oceanside, Ca. to Atlantic City, Nj. The World Record Attempt is a training ride for this race, in which they expect to complete in eight days. They are two of 182 people in the world who qualified in 2006 to race in RAAM as a solo racer.
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Masiel has been riding road and mountain bikes since 1999. He was once ranked nationally and was the California state champion in 2002. Gardiner’s cycling career began in 2003 with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program. Now both have completed numerous endurance events, including their RAAM-qualifying race – the 2006 Heart of the South 500 – a 500-mile bicycle race traveling roundtrip from Birmingham, Ala. to Ellijay, Ga.
The designated charity, the San Diego Burn Institute, stems from Masiel’s firefighting background. For more information, visit www.peteandwendycycling.com.
New from this event may be seen at these websites:
Other websites include:
http://www.raceacrossamerica.org/Default.aspx?tabid=206 (RAAM roster)
http://www.ultracycling.com/events/raam_qualified.php (list of RAAM-qualified racers)
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