The One Bike One event saw 72,919 cyclists ride at least five kilometers along a 1,000km route around Taiwan. (Photo/CNA)
Tens of thousands of Taiwanese cyclists on Saturday set the world record for the largest simultaneous bike ride, the UK-based Guinness world record authority announced Saturday.
In celebration of the 101st anniversary of the of the Republic of China, the One Bike One event set a new world record with 72,919 simultaneous cyclists, a representative from the world record authority confirmed. The previous record was set in Italy, when 48,615 riders formed a parade of bicycles in the city of Udine.
Organizers said 80,748 riders completed trips within the event's one-hour time frame, but roughly 8,000 were not counted toward the record because they did not comply with procedures established by Guinness.
One Bike One, which kicked off at 10am Saturday, required cyclists to ride at least five kilometers on a 1,000km route around Taiwan. Participants had to pre-register for the event and check in before setting off from their departure points. Their rides were then counted toward the record after they arrived at their designated destination points. Many of those not counted in the final record did not register before the event.
"It's the pride of Taiwan's people," said Lin Chin-tien, deputy chief of Taiwan's Council for Cultural Affairs. "We hope that everyone can ride the momentum into the coming new year."