New Spinning Guiness World Record

December 6th, 2010

George Hood Spinning for Guinness World Record

I wrote a while back that George Hood was spinning on a spin bike to set a new Guinness World Record. Not only did he succeed in breaking the record but he smashed it! The previous record was 200 hours and George rode for 222 hours 22 minutes and 22 seconds.

Because of the rules, the spinning record seems to be more about surviving sleep deprivation and a sore butt than it is truly an athletic accomplishment. The rules don’t specify the resistance used, only the average speed that must be maintained. That means very light resistance can be used but the legs need to keep moving a fairly good speed.

From the details on George’s blog, you can see he wasn’t working all that hard since his average heart rate was only 77.9 beats per minute. Still it couldn’t have been easy with all the pedal revolutions and since his breaks couldn’t total more than 5 minutes for every hour of riding over the 9 plus days of riding. By my calculations, he would have turned the cranks nearly 15 thousand times.

George was riding to raise money for the Gunnar Hotchkin Memorial Fund. Gunnar Hotchkin was killed in Afghanistan.

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Another Spinning Guinness World Record Attempt

October 28th, 2010

Ryan Corey fell short in his attempt to set a new Guinness World Record in spinning a couple weeks ago. Last Saturday George Hood, former record holder, starting his attempt to reclaim the record. The current record is 200 hours and was set back in March of this year by Frank Trtschka of Germany.

George is riding at Urban Tri Gear in a Chicago subarub. He will need to continue riding until November 1st to set a new record. His attempt is a fundraising event on behalf of the Gunnar Hotchkin Memorial Fund for a local soldier killed in Afghanistan.

George is the only athlete in the world to have set this particular record repeatedly and as always, will be done in accordance with Guinness World Record rules. They include, but are certainly not limited to, a 5 minute break or “rest” for every hour completed on the bike. This time may be accumulated and used throughout the ride as necessary. During any given break, George will be off the bike for the duration of the break, which usually averages about 15 minutes or so.

Like with Ryan’s attempt there is online streaming video of the attempt. The clock you see continues to run during the break and as with any marathon, it is the total time at the end of the ride that will be certified. You can text George during the ride at 630-415-6222 or email him at trainer4663@yahoo.com or chat with him on U Stream.

Donations for the cause may be made on line at www.ridegeorgeride.org by simply clicking on the “donate” tab at the top of the page, which will direct you to the Pay Pal site dedicated to the Gunnar Hotchkin Memorial Fund.

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