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Riding a Stationary Bike for 85 hours was the Easy Part

By Timmy Watson in News on May 5, 2007 6:00PM

In January George Hood, an Aurora resident, spent 85 hours on a stationary bicycle in an attempt to break the world record. Guinness officials notified Hood that due to inconsistencies in his log of rest breaks, they express "great regret" that he is not the record holder he thought he was.

07_05_05_stationarybike.jpgAll was not lost in the ride, Hood raised $30,000 for the ride that went to the Illinois chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors, a supportive group for families of fallen officers. Hood told the Daily Herald that he was, "...more frustrated, not disappointed." The issue with the log had to do with sloppy time logging, which Hood had 40 volunteers tracking. Hood also found out that the 5 minute rest breaks he took every hour should be counted in the overall time, which would have put the total time at 92 hours, 10 hours longer than the previous record. Hood will be trying again in July, he is looking to go 101 hours over 4 days at the Five Seasons Sports Club in Burr Ridge. This time he will be raising money for handicapped youth, he plans to raise at least $30,000.

In other news, we recently moved and the previous tenant left a stationary bicycle that weighs about 150 lbs. We may not be in the best shape of our lives, but we've always wanted to be in the Guinness Book of World Records.