On Oct 3, 2010, some 1,200 bicyclists in Davis, California pedaled their way into what is likely to be a world record for the longest single line of bicycles. The longest-line-of-bicycles category is a new one for the Guinness book, so it's more than likely that Davis has set the record.
Riders from 7 to 97 pedaled a two-mile loop through the bike-crazed college town, home to the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame. They traveled up F Street to North Davis Elementary School, where they turned around and rode back to the Odd Fellows Lodge on Second Street. The line of cyclists, riding in single file a few bike lengths apart, stretched for dozens of blocks. Returning riders heading south met up with those riding north near the half-way mile marker.
Passing riders shouted encouragement to one another as fans cheered along the way. The event was also a fund-raiser by the local Odd Fellows Lodge to raise money for the local schools. According to Davis Wiki, some $26,000 were raised in pledges.
The final tally along with statements from official witnesses, a video and news clippings will be submitted to the Guinness organization. Organizers had wanted to host the world's biggest bike parade but felt they couldn't beat an Italian record of more than 48,000 riders, said Judge David Rosenberg, a member of the local Odd Fellows Lodge, which organized the event. Instead they opted for a new category – the longest single line of bikes.
"I pronounce this a world record," Rosenberg said into the microphone. "I'm a judge. I can do that."
Photos: Brian Baer
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