A British man has just set a new world record for the longest time spent cycling on a stationary bike. Benjamin Alexis Miles set out to beat the existing record time of 268 hours, 32 minutes, 44 seconds, over a period of 12 days in Bunyola, Spain. He began this ambitious undertaking on June 5, 2020; World Environment Day. His motivation for attempting the world record was to encourage people to become more aware and take action around environmental issues.
For every hour of activity on the bike, Miles earned 5 minutes of rest, and this time could also be accumulated in the instance that he needed to take longer breaks.
"My first day was quite difficult," Miles told Guinness World Records. "Before the event, I've not relaxed at all.. With nerves and stress, I wasn't sleeping so well. I'm now going to try and go 72 hours without sleep. This will allow me to bank 6 hours to rest during these 12 days, and I'll be able to sleep a decent amount of time."
His pace was measured constantly throughout the event, to ensure he was completing a distance of 15 km every 15 minutes. After 6 days, however, Miles' pace and energy began to seriously drop due to the prolonged fatigue. The effects of this cumulative exhaustion weren't just physical; his mental state began to suffer as well.
"I'm very worried about my head," he said. "I think I've got a problem with my mind... I'm losing speech, and rooms are being redesigned in front of my eyes."
Miles was awarded the Guinness World Record for Longest Marathon Static Cycling after completing 277 hours, 20 minutes, 30 seconds on the bike.
"It's absolutely fantastic," he said. "I'm very, very happy. There are so many emotions, words cannot describe how I feel. On top of all this, I'm absolutely destroyed and exhausted. I am just desperate to sleep. Every fiber of my being was looking for an excuse to stop. It's only me on a bike, but there is a team of people behind me who are incredible."
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