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Taiwan cyclists set world record for mass bike ride
CCA Minister Ovid J. L. Tzeng (left), ROC Vice President Vincent C. Siew (center) and Sports Affairs Council Minister Tai Hsia-ling (right), were among the 72,919 riders who set a world record Dec. 31, 2011. (Courtesy of CCA)
- Publication Date：01/02/2012
- By Kwangyin Liu
Taiwan successfully set a new world record Dec. 31, 2011, with a cycling event featuring over 70,000 participants, according to the Council for Cultural Affairs.
Nicknamed “One Bike One,” the biking jamboree formed the largest parade of bicycles in the history of the world with a total of 72,919 registered riders, according to the CCA.
The monumental ride involved the participating bikers departing from 1,000 locations around the nation at 10 a.m., and riding continuously at the same time for at least 3.2 kilometers.
The achievement has been confirmed by Cheng Tong, a Guinness World Record representative, who made the announcement around 5 p.m. after a thorough inspection of the records.
“The success of this collaborative effort symbolizes Taiwan’s commitment to creating a better future,” CCA Minister Ovid J. L. Tzeng said.
Although 80,748 riders completed the ride, only those who registered beforehand and successfully checked in and out on the route were taken into consideration, event organizers said.
Many riders chose to dress up to celebrate the approaching New Year, with some wearing superhero costumes and others donning only their bathing suits.
The record for the largest parade of bikes was previously held by the Italian city of Udine with 48,615 people cycling at the same time at 10 different locations in 2000.
The organizing team will prepare a 2-minute video documenting the event, to be featured on the GWR website shortly, sources said. (HZW)
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