23 October 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Epic Human Powered Adventures

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The most miles bicycled in one year, set in May of 2017, was set by a woman named Amanda Coker. She did her on a flat loop in Florida, doing the same 7-mile loop over and over again! Her total was 86,500 miles.

Links: Gear Junkie, her Blog or Velo News Q&A.

The prior record was set by Kurt Searvogel in 2016, cycling 76,076 miles (yes the numbers are symbolic).


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Around the world in less than 80 days. On a bicycle. With support. Mark Beaumont (UK) accomplished this feat in the fall of 2017.

His saddle looks down right painful (I have tried a similar model). I am surprised it didn’t use several bikes…a full-on time trial bike (instead of a road bike with clip-on aerobars) and then a road bike with no aerobars for climbing.

Incidentally, he holds the record for the longest distance cycled in a month: 11,315 km (7030 miles) set in May of 2017.

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Chris Bertish was the first person (I believe) to cross the Atlantic on a stand-up paddleboard. 4,600 miles over 93 days in 2017.


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Crossing Antartica 100% self supported in 60 or so days. Ben Saunders is going to start this journey in November of 2017.

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As of 2015, this woman set the record for the longest distance on a stand-up paddleboard. Seychelle Hattingh, a Floridian, set a new world record: 177kms (110 miles). Her average was 4.5 MPH. I have struggled to maintain 5 MPH for 30 minutes!


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In September of 2017, a 70-yr old man kayaked “an almost” self-supported across the Atlantic…for the third time. He is Aleksander Doba from Poland. During his last attempt, he had some mechanical issues and accepted help from the crew of a nearby container ship, which knocked him out of the Guinness World record for a 100% self supported crossing.


Bryan Allen (Calif.) set a human-power record for air flight in 1977. Above is his plane, the Gossamer Condor (as seen in the Smithsonian Air & Flight Museum, photo copyright 2017, Richard Stum). He received the Kremer Prize for flying a prescribed distance in a figure 8 pattern for about 7-1/2 minutes. He traveled 2.17 km (1.35 miles) going between 10 and 11 miles per hour. Power for the propeller was done by pedaling, similar to a recumbent bicycle.



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Some local acquaintances in Salt Lake City set a new climbing/skimo record on Mount Rainer for a Liberty Ridge ascent (normally a 2-day affair just to ascend) and descending down the Emmons route. Sub 8-hours. Brothers Jason and Andy Dorias. May of 2017.


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