World record: Kearsney go the distance

2009-02-19 00:00

The Guinness World Record for the greatest distance pedalled on a static cycle in 12 hours was shattered yesterday by two pupils and the deputy headmaster at Kearsney College.

All three contestants who attempted to break it succeeded — the fastest in less than half the previous time.

Two Grade 11 pupils from Kearsney College, James Reid and Myles van Musschenbroek, as well as deputy headmaster Anthony Willows, attempted to break the existing record of 150 km to mark the official opening of the school’s multi-functional SportZone.

All three broke the record with between five and seven hours to spare.

The unofficial new record-holder is James, who rode 175,7 km in five hours — smashing the record by more than seven hours. He is currently the top junior mountain biker in South Africa.

The two boys’ earlier attempts to break the standing Guinness record of 46,65 km static cycling in one hour was unsuccessful. James and Myles cycled 49 km and 41 km respectively before going on to the successful bid for the 12-hour record.

The Guinness World Record attempts were part of a 24-hour non-stop sports programme linked to the official opening of the SportZone, a multi-functional indoor facility at Kearsney College, near Durban.

A number of sports celebrities joined in the festivities, including cricket stars Shaun Pollock and Dale Benkenstein. Sports medicine authority Professor Tim Noakes officially opened the facility.

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