Ellipticycle LEJOG Record

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Elliptical Cycle from ElliptiGO
Elliptical Cycle from ElliptiGO

Idai Makaya has officially been recognized for having lowered the Guinness World Record for the fastest journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats by elliptical cycle. From May 26 to May 31, 2016, Makaya covered the 848-mile journey that traverses the entire island in just 5 days, 0 hours and 4 minutes, lowering the previous mark of 6 days, 10 hours set in 2014 by Glen Burmeister.

That’s not going to challenge Gethin Butler’s record of 44 hours, 4 minutes and 20 seconds, on a “conventional” bike, or the fastest time set by Andy Wilkinson on a Windcheetah recumbent trike: just 41 hours, 4 minutes and 22 seconds, but this is a totally different type of “vehicle”.

Having the record officially confirmed is a nice way to wrap up and start to look ahead at what’s next,” remarked Makaya. ”When I got the email from Guinness World Records, it was probably just relief that the confirmation had finally come through after two months. I am really happy about the whole thing – just a satisfied feeling. Now, it’s time to set my sights on another significant challenge to conquer on my ElliptiGO.”

The ElliptiGO is a cross between an elliptical trainer and a bike,invented in 2005 by former US marine and Ironman triathlete Bryan Rate after he lost the ability to run for exercise who was frustrated to find that there was nothing available that would allow him to enjoy a low-impact running-like experience outdoors. His concept uses a running-like elliptical motion to propel a high performance outdoor bike. He joined forces with fellow endurance athlete Brent Teal who was a mechanical engineer to build a prototype in 2006. While they were testing it, they discovered that Larry Miller, who had invented the elliptical trainer, had obtained a patent on an elliptical bicycle. Brent and Bryan called Larry Miller and obtained exclusive rights to his patents.

To demonstrate their bikes they both participated in the “Death Ride”, 129 miles across 3 mountain passes with more than 15,000 feet of climbing ranging from 5000 to 9000 feet above sea level. Bryan and Brent both finished the event on Echo elliptical bike prototypes within the cutoff time, with Brent finishing in the top half of all entrants. This was the validation then needed to takethe elliptical bike into production, which happened in February 2010. Last year they celebrated 10 years of partnership, employing more than 20 employees, selling through distribution partners in more than 25 countries, with 13,000 customers in over 50 countries.

Idai after LEJOGMakaya is no stranger to completing extreme endurance feats by elliptical bike. Just last year, he and a group of five other riders were the first ever to finish the 764-mile Paris-Brest-Paris randonneur by elliptical cycle within the allowable time limit. Makaya was the first of that group to cross the finish line in a time of 83 hours and 38 minutes, and he currently holds the elliptical cycling record for that event. He has also previously completed the fabled London Edinburgh London endurance ride, as well as both the European and World Championships of Elliptical Cycling.

Makaya’s training regularly consists of 200km-plus AUDAX rides, where he fine-tunes his nutrition and fitness for these major events. And as for what is next for the record-setting rider, he says, “I can only live in the present; I don’t really spend too much time looking back, so I will need to shape new challenges to keep the journey going.” His next big test will come on October 8, when he returns to the United States to once again take on Palomar Mountain in the World Championships of Elliptical cycling.

“It’s always exciting to hear what someone has been inspired to do on an ElliptiGO bike,” stated Bryan Pate, Co-Founder and Co-President of ElliptiGO. “Idai has become a regular in testing the limits of human and elliptical cycling performance. I shouldn’t be shocked anymore when I find out about his latest feat, but I can’t help but be impressed. His ambition and spirit to challenge his own personal limits is what our company culture is all about – encouraging each other to be the best version of ourselves. I’m glad that our bikes are helping people find new ways to participate, compete and improve.”

 

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