The Hubbali Bicycle Club set the world record for the longest single line of cyclists here on India’s 70th Republic Day.
The ride, comprising 1235 bicycle riders in single file, was the largest such gathering ever recorded, marking a new Guinness World Record, a press release from the club said.
The club, in partnership with Hero Cycles, had undertaken the feat in order to raise global awareness about the need to respect cyclist rights. The members also wanted to highlight the necessity of taking up cycling as the commonest mode of daily commute to workplaces for combating the worsening air quality and traffic congestion,
The record for the "longest single line of bicycles" was initiated by the United States of America in October 2010 with 914 cyclists and it was recognized by the Guinness World Record Team.
Five years later in 2015, the Cyclist Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina broke the record with 984 bicycles. This record was broken by Bangladesh with 1186 cyclists riding for 3.2 Km in December 2016.
“It takes tremendous discipline, strength and sheer will for more than 1500 riders to hold the position in a single line over a span of four kilometres. The Guinness Judges disallowed bikes that failed to stay within the line or create a gap of more than three bike lengths from being counted for the record," the release said.
People from many places such as Dharwad, Belgaum, Kolhapur and Udaipur rode their bikes all the way to Hubbali especially for this occasion. Bicycle clubs from several partss of India, national level sportspersons and disabled riders participated in the event.
A spokesperson of Hero Cycles said the company was proud to be part of this initiative as a sponsor. “We stand by the cause of enabling bicycling as a respectable means of transport for everybody because the twin evils of air pollution and traffic congestion are making living spaces unlivable and it is time this was brought to the attention of society at large.”
Also present at the occasion were Pralhad Joshi, MP from Dharwad and Jagdish Shettar, Karnataka MLA. Amit Samarth, who recently became the first Asian to complete the Trans-Siberian Extreme bicycle race, was present along with a number of other national level sportspersons and professional bikers.
The Hubbali Bicycling Club describes itself as a group of enthusiasts with a passion for nature, health and friendship. It comprises of businessmen, doctors, professors, students and professionals and has been regularly organizing events and challenges under the affiliation of Audax India.
Audax India Randonneurs (AIR) is an all-India organization of long-distance cyclists/ randonneurs, which is recognized by the Audax Club Parisien (ACP) for conducting and overseeing all Brevets de Randonneurs Mondiaux (BRMs) and Audax events in India.
Randonneuring brevets consist of 100km, 200 km, 300 Km, 400 km and 600 km cycling marathons with time stipulations and these events are becoming increasingly popular in India, the release added.
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