16 year old Zach Hutlelin of Plantation, Florida recently broke the Guinness World Record for the longest bicycle manual. He manualed 686.25 feet, more than twice distance of the the previous record of 334 feet, which was set in 2008 by Jim DeChamp while filming for Nitro Circus.

Here's a video we found that recaps his attempts:

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Hats off, Zach. Your manual was pretty impressive on flat ground and in the wind. We've got to admit though, there are surely several worthy challengers out there who would like to have a go at the new "record."

This got us thinking - what other bicycle related Guinness World Records are there, and how many of them could be easily broken? After all, for a record to be "official" in the eyes of the world it pretty much has to be in the book.


Current Bicycle World Records - via www.guinnessworldrecords.com

The most bunny hops on a BMX bicycle in 30 seconds is 41 by Bryan Ventura (USA) at X Games 15 in Los Angeles, California, USA, on 30 August 2009. 

The most wheelie hops in 30 seconds is 62 by Manuel Torres (USA) at X Games 15 in Los Angeles, California, USA, on 30 August 2009. 

Srsly?The longest platform-to-platform bicycle jump was 4.02 m (13 ft 2 in) and was achieved by Vittorio Brumotti (Italy), in Fiera Milano, Milan, Italy, for Guinness World Records Day in November 2009.

The highest bunny hop on a bicycle is 1.42 m (4 ft 8 in) and was achieved by Benito Ros (Spain) at the  2009 "bike the rock" festival, Heubach, Germany, on 17 May 2009.

Terry Goertzen (Canada) rode a 5.55 m (18 ft 2.5 in) tall bicycle, without any stabilisers, over a distance in excess of 300 m (1,000 ft) at North Kildonan Mennonite Brethren Church, Winnipeg, Canada, on 26 June 2004.

The record for most steps climbed by bicycle is 2008 and was achieved by Zhang Jincheng (China), Xavi Casas (Andorra) and Javier Zapata (Colombia) climbing all 88 floors of the Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai, China, on 31 December 2007.

The most people stepped over by bicycle in 2 minutes is 97 and was achieved by Xavi Casas (Andorra), on the set of 'Guinness World Records', Madrid, Spain, on 14 January 2009.

The most 180° jumps on a bicycle in one minute is 35 and was set by Kenny Belaey (Belgium) at the Safety Jogger Classic bike festival, Belgium, on 20 September 2009.

The most expensive bicycle sold at auction is £318,000 ($500,000) and was sold at Sothebys, New York, on 1 November 2009. The one-off creation named 'Butterfly bike' by British artist Damien Hirst was ridden by Lance Armstrong (USA) during the final stage of Tour de France 2009.

The most continuous front wheel hops on a bicycle was 378 achieved by Oliver Rege (Italy) in Turin, Italy, on 8 April 2011. For the purposes of this record, no part of the rider nor the bicycle could touch the ground with the exception of the front tyre, which had to be repeatedly lifted off the ground.

The most consecutive bunny hops on a bicycle is 95 and was achieved by Sumihiro Shirai (Japan) at the Bicycle Stadium, Hakodate, Japan, on 27 September 2009.

The most back wheel pogo hops on a mountain bike is 71 by Vittorio Brumotti (Italy) achieved at the top of Punta Caroddi, Baunei, Italy, on 18 May 2010.

The most candles extinguished with a trial bicycle in one minute was 22 and was achieved by Benito Ros Charral (Spain) on the set of Zheng Da Zong Yi - Guinness World Records Special in Beijing, China, on 18 December 2010.

The most wheelies in one minute is 167 by Guadalupe Alvarez (USA) at X Games 16 in Los Angeles, California, USA, on 1 August 2010.

The most stoppies (endo; front-wheel wheelie) on a bicycle in one minute is 115 by Travis Frohlich (USA) at X Games 16 in Los Angeles, California, USA, on 30 July 2010.

The most bicycle jumps between two platforms in one minute is 15 and was achieved by Daniel Comas (Spain) on the set of Lo show dei record, in Madrid, Spain, on 16 February 2008.

The most bunny hops on a bicycle in 20 seconds is 43 by Jamie Bestwick (UK) at X Games 16 in Los Angeles, California, USA, on 31 July 2010.

The most gapping bars jumped on the back wheel of a trial bike is 48 and was achieved by Benito Ros (Spain), on the set of Lo Show Dei Record, in Milan, Italy, on 19 April 2009.

The most backflips on a bicycle in a single leap was 3 performed by Jed Mildon (New Zealand) at the Unit T3 Mindtricks BMX Jam at Spa Park in Taupo, New Zealand, on 28 May 2011. Mildon rode his BMX bike down a ramp that stood at a 45-degree angle and a height of 20 m (65 ft 7 in) to gain momentum before pulling off his triple backflip.

The longest time standing on the handlebars of a bicycle is 1 min 39.49 sec and was achieved by Ivan Do-Duc (France) on the set of Lo Show Dei Record, in Milan, Italy, on 14 April 2011

The longest tightrope crossing by bicycle is 71.63 m (235 ft) and was achieved by Nik Wallenda (USA) in Newark, New Jersey, USA, on 15 October 2008.

The longest duration wheelie on the front wheel without the feet touching the bike's pedals is 47.5 seconds and was achieved by Shane Badman (Australia) on the set of Australia Smashes Guinness World Records, at the Blacktown Olympic Park in Sydney, Australia, on 28 January 2010.

The longest distance covered in a wheelie on the front wheel of a BMX without the feet touching the bike's pedals is 188.3 metres (617 ft 9 in), and was achieved by Shane Badman (Australia) on the set of Australia Smashes Guinness World Records, at the Blacktown Olympic Park in Sydney, Australia, on 28 January 2010.

Darl Bonnema (USA) cycled 180.177 km (111.956 miles) backwards on a bicycle in 24 hours at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex, Florida, USA, from 19 to 20 November 2004.

The farthest distance bicycle wheelie in one hour is 16.994 km (10.56 miles) and was achieved by Francesco Wiedemann (Germany), at the Messehalle Burghausen, in Burghausen, Germany, on 9 October 2011.

The longest wall ride on a mountain bike measured 1.03 m (3 ft 9 in) completed by Jim DeChamp (USA) at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, USA, on 18 November 2008 for the MTV show 'Nitro Circus'.

The longest track stand is 21.34 sec by Jim DeChamp (USA) at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, USA, on 18 November 2008 for the MTV show 'Nitro Circus'.

The longest stoppie on a mountain bike with the feet on the pedals measured 15.76 m (51 ft 9 in) completed by Jim DeChamp (USA) at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah on 18 November 2008 for the MTV show 'Nitro Circus'.

The longest bicycle stoppie (feet on handlebars) was 17.50 m (57 ft 4.97 in) and was achieved by Abdul Rahaman (India) on the set of Guinness World Records - Ab India Todega in Lalitpur, Bhopal, India, on 3 March 2011.

The longest manual on a mountain bike is 101.8 m (334 ft) completed by Jim DeChamp (USA) at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, USA, on 18 November 2008 for the MTV show 'Nitro Circus'. (The record hasn't been updated to reflect Zach's manual yet.)

The longest 180 flip on a mountain bike measured 3 m (10 ft) by Jim Dechamp (USA) at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, USA, on 18 November 2008 for the MTV show 'Nitro Circus'.

Mirko Glöckner (Germany) constructed a full-size racing bicycle called Sub 4.0 weighing 3.89 kg (8 lb 9.2 oz). The cycle has a carbon fibre frame weighing 873 g (1 lb 14.7 oz) and components made of largely of aluminium, titanium, and carbon fibre. The bicycle is completely rideable.

The largest bicycle bell ensemble was organized by Professor Jörg Kärger and consisted of 503 participants playing German Folk Songs and hymns at the University of Leipzig, Germany, on 23 November 2003.

The highest bicycle wall climb is 2.89 m (9 ft 5.9 in) and was achieved by Thomas Öhler (Austria) at the MTB Freestyle night, Kaprun, Austria, on 7 August 2009.

Walter Belli (Italy) and David Cachón Labrador (Spain) both rode their BMX bicycles off a platform 4 m (13.12 ft) high and continued to cycle upon landing without their feet touching the ground on the set of El Show de los Récords, Madrid, Spain on 5 December 2001. In accordance with the rules of this record, they were not allowed a runup before dropping off the platform into thin air.

The highest tightrope crossing by bicycle is 238 ft (72.5 m) by Nik Wallenda (USA) between the Royal Towers of the Atlantis Paradise Island hotel in Nassau, The Bahamas, on 28 August 2010.

Timo Pritzel and Joscha Forstreuter (both Germany) cleared a bar at 5.20 m (17 ft) above floor level using Mountian Bikes on the set of Zheng Da Zong Yi in Beijing, China, on 10 November 2008.

The highest jump into the water with a bicycle is 17 meters (56 ft) and was achieved by Vittorio Brumotti (Italy) in Sardinia, Italy, on 12 May 2009.

The fastest ever speed attained cycling downhill on soil is 172 km/h (107 mph), by Eric Barone (France) descending the Cerro Negro volcano in Nicaragua on 12 May 2002.

The highest wall ride on a mountain bike measured 62 cm (2 ft 1 in) completed by Jim DeChamp (USA) at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, USA, on 18 November 2008 for the MTV show 'Nitro Circus'.

The highest bicycle backflip is 2.8 metres (9 ft 2.23 in) and was achieved by Ben Wallace (UK) on the set of Zheng Da Zong Yi-Guinness World Records Special in Beijing, China, on 9 December 2010.

The highest altitude bicycle race is I Ruta Internacional de la Alpaca (Peru) which starts at 4,873 m (15,987 ft) above sea level at Oquepuño's Locality, Puno's City, Peru. The inaugural race was held from 25 to 28 November 2010.

The heaviest rideable bicycle weighs 750 kg (1650 lb) and was built by Wouter van den Bosch (Netherlands) and ridden in Arnhem, Netherlands, in May 2010.


The earliest machine propelled by cranks and pedals with connecting rods was built in 1839-40 by Kirkpatrick Macmillan (1810-78) of Dumfries, Scotland. A copy of the machine is now in the Science Museum, London, England.

The fastest time to cycle 10 m on glass bottles is 6.65 seconds and was achieved using a standard bicycle by Felix Muecke (Germany) on the set of Zheng Da Zong Yi - Guinness World Records Special in Beijing, China, on 17 June 2009.

The fastest time to bunny hop 15 hurdles on a trials bicycle is 26.08 seconds and was achieved by Benito Ros Charral (Spain) on the set of Zheng Da Zong Yi - Guinness World Records Special in Beijing, China, on 20 November 2009.

The fastest ever speed attained cycling downhill on snow or ice is 222 km/h (138 mph), by Eric Barone (France) at Les Arcs, France on 21 April 2000.

The fastest crossing of the Sahara desert by bicycle was 13 days 5 hours 50 minutes and 14 seconds by Reza Pakravan (Iran) from 4 March to 17 March 2011. He set out on 4 March at 30° 00' 5" N and 2° 57' 2" E in Algeria and completed his journey at 17° 59' 2" N and 30° 59' 4" E, in Sudan on 17 March 2011.

The trans-America solo records as set during the Race Across America (RAAM) are: the fastest man is Rob Kish (USA) in 8 days 3hr 11min in the 1992 event.

The fastest circumnavigation by bicycle is 163 days 6 hours and 58 minutes, and was achieved by Vincent Cox (UK) who cycled a distance of 29,331.48 km (18,225.7 miles) and travelled over 59,320.86 km (36,860.2 miles) in total (including transfers). The journey started and finished in London (UK) from 7 February 2010 to 1 August 2010.

The fastest bicycle wheelie over 100 m is 14.05 sec by Austen Nunes (USA) in Manteca, California, USA, on 15 March 2010.

Robert Knol (Netherlands) cycled from Cairo, Egypt, to Cape Town, South Africa, in 70 days 3 hr 50 min from 24 January to 4 April 2011.

The fastest time to slalom through 10 obstacles randomly placed on a 20 m (66 ft) course withouth using the sense of sight is 48.34 sec and was achieved by blind from birth Juan Ruiz (Mexico) using echolocation on the set of Lo Show Dei Record, in Milan, Italy, on 8 April 2011.

The farthest distance static cycling in three minutes was 5.80 km (3.60 miles) and was achieved by Miguel Angel Castro (Spain) in Tenerife, Spain, on 18 November 2010 in celebration of Guinness World Records Day.




We know what some of you are thinking... 

To fulfill the requirements set by Guinness, you'll need two members of your community with "status" to act as witnesses (think judges, police, mayors, notaries, doctors, etc), media coverage (email us if you're doing something rad), "measurements made by suitable qualified individuals," and a few others.

Let's break some records, people. Let's make this sport more legit in the eyes of all the would be groms who are flipping through the big book of records that comes out once a year.

Get out those cameras, submit an application, and make it happen. When you're done, upload the footage to Vital and we'll share it with the world.
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