Thursday 21 September 2017

Unicyclists set 24-hour record

Unicyclists, including from left, Stephen Devereux, Paul Stacey and Ross Atkins, set a new world record by pedalling more than 1,700 miles in 24 hours
Unicyclists, including from left, Stephen Devereux, Paul Stacey and Ross Atkins, set a new world record by pedalling more than 1,700 miles in 24 hours

A group of unicyclists has set a new world record by collectively pedalling more than 1,700 miles in 24 hours, organisers said today.

Stephen Devereux, president of the Juggling and Unicycle Stockton-on-Tees club in Teesside, said riders covered 2,742.5 kilometres, or 1,704 miles, between midday Saturday and yesterday.

"Eighty-five riders took part in the record-breaking ride and there were lots of other supporters," he said.

"Our youngest rider was six. She came across from Blackpool. She only learned to ride two weeks before the event and she did 26 kilometres. It was phenomenal. She just rode and rode. Our oldest was 85.

"The atmosphere was great. Even in the driving rain, people were full of energy.

"We thought during the hours of the night we'd struggle to find volunteers but we were proved wrong."

He added that the record, at Middlesbrough Cycle Track, was the first of its kind.

The group said the attempt, which raised money for Nepalese children's charity the Esther Benjamins Trust, was independently adjudicated by the International Unicycling Federation.

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