Breeze sets a new Guinness World Record title

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One hundred and twenty women have set a new Guinness World Record title for the most mechanical energy produced by pedalling on static bicycles in one hour as part of British Cycling’s Breeze on Sunday 2 August 2015.

The new Guinness World Record title was successfully achieved for the Most mechanical energy produced by pedalling on static bicycles in one hour, recording 4821.40 total accumulative watt hours, equivalent to 646 miles, cycling more than equivalent straight line distance from Land’s End to John O’ Groats.

Breeze, the largest programme in Britain designed specifically to get more women cycling, yesterday welcomed 120 women to the National Cycling Centre in Manchester, who each pedalled for 10-20 minutes on one of 40 static Matrix Fitness bikes, all under the gaze of an official, independent adjudicator. A minimum pedalling time of one minute was required per participant.

Based on strict and rigorous guidelines, the Guinness World Record title attempt required each Matrix Fitness bike to calculate the total amount of power generated in one hour, as given in watt hours. At the end of the hour all bicycles were stopped and the total mechanical energy produced was confirmed by a qualified technician who served as a witness for the attempt.

The attempt was part of British Cycling’s Breeze national campaign which is led by women for women, and has helped thousands of women feel confident and comfortable on their bikes.

Jill Puttnam, national operations manager at British Cycling, who also took part in the official attempt, comments: “This is an incredible achievement and the team should all be very proud of the efforts that they have put in to set this new Guinness World Record title.

"All that pedalling was really tough, but incredibly rewarding, and setting the new record has made all of the time and hard work worthwhile.

“Many stakeholders were involved in organising this attempt, it was a real team effort, and I’d like to take this time to thank everyone involved for all of their commitment and support. Perhaps we should now turn our heads towards breaking the 24 hour record title!”

There are around 200 volunteer-led Breeze Rides for women every week and the events form part of British Cycling’s overall women’s strategy, which is well on the way to achieving its ambitious goal to get one million more women cycling by 2020.