The headline GDT read was "Stationary biking record fails Guinness's math test" and it started with the sentence: "Errors in simple arithmetic got in the way of an attempt to get into the record books." The rest of the report indicated there was some sloppy record-keeping, but it didn't highlight the arithmetic errors.
The following was copied from the 6 May 2007 edition of the Chicago Sun-Times."In January, George Hood mounted a stationary bike in a Burr Ridge health club and pedaled for 85 consecutive hours. He covered 1,082 miles, slept a total of 40 minutes and didn't eat a bite of solid food. When he passed the world record of 82 hours, Hood [age 49] pumped his fist in the air, confident of his place in the Guinness World Records."
Hood's bike ride was not a record due to "errors in the logbook that documented his ride. Guinness officials found inconsistencies with the recording of his rest breaks. About 40 volunteers took turns logging Hood's efforts, but the group made addition and subtraction mistakes and had problems reading military time."
Hood is going to try for the record again when he hopes to bike ride for "101 consecutive hours July 10" to "raise at least $30,000 to benefit disabled children."
Creator: Gerald D. Thurman
Created: 07 May 2007