Pedaling for a World Record - Earth Day 24 hour Cyclathon
This weekend was a busy one! After the Parkrun on Saturday morning, son #1 went to his athletics club, I took son #2 to a birthday party, then son #1 went to watch the Rugby Sevens with Daddy and friends. After dinner and a bath, the boys went to bed and hubby and I headed out on bikes to contribute some pedal power at the Natgeo 24 hour cyclathon.
Some of my team mates had been there since midday, some cycling for 3 hours or so on the stationary trainers and Kath doing a 12 hour stint from midday to midnight. There were even a few crazies doing 24 hours!
We got there and set up my bike on the trainer. A woman looked at me, looked at my bump, then my face, then my bump again and said, "Are you sure??" I just smiled. I started pedalling and hubby jumped on Kath's bike to give her a few minutes' break. A while later he came over to where I was cycling and announced that he was going to find food! I was hot already. The event was supposed to be low energy, so there were no fans and as darkness had just fallen there was very little wind. I took off my t-shirt.
The bib shorts over my cropped top was far from glamourous, but I didn't care! It was the coolest and most comfortable way to be! It did mean that I got even more stares though...
A while later my husband came back. He sat on the floor, ate half the food he'd bought and re-filled our water bottles (I'd drank almost 2 litres already in 30 minutes!). Then we switched places and he pedalled my bike
while I polished off what was left of the food and went to check on Kath.
The world record that we were trying to beat was 31,399 watt hours, set in Hong Kong in 2014 by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The only trouble was that they did it on 48 bike stations and we didn't have nearly so many as that - just 27. They produced 654 watts on average, per hour each on each station.for 24 hours.
Earlier in the day, as part of the same even, the Natgeo Earth Day Run was held. This run was Singapore’s first zero-waste, zero-carbon footprint mass public race event. It was more than a little bit different to the usual events, bloated with race packs and goodie bags that nearly always go straight into the bin and their thousands of single use plastic bottles...
So, we kept pedalling, and drinking, and mopping up the sweat! Our two hours went past pretty fast and before we knew it, it was 10pm and there was another rider waiting to put his bike on the station that I was using. We hopped off, had some more to drink, went to chat to Kath to check she was OK and then jumped on our bikes and cycled home along the edge of the water, slowly and chatting all the way.
We produced 736 watts per station, per hour, over 24 hours.
HK Polytechnic had 48 bike stations that produced 654 watts each.
We produced on average 82 watts more power, per station.
Our 300 riders generated a total of 19,872 watt hours.
We were 11,527 watt hours short of the record.
If we had 48 bike stations we would have beaten the record... we had 27.