More Than A Lakh Cyclists In Bid To Break World Record

Taipei/Hong Kong, Dec 31: More than a hundred-thousand cyclists in Taiwan took part in an attempt to break the record for the world's largest bicycle parade.Participants set off simultaneously from 1,000 check-in points around Taiwan
more than a lakh cyclists in bid to break world...
India TV News Desk 31 Dec 2011, 19:14:56 PM IST

Taipei/Hong Kong, Dec 31: More than a hundred-thousand cyclists in Taiwan took part in an attempt to break the record for the world's largest bicycle parade.

Participants set off simultaneously from 1,000 check-in points around Taiwan and its outlying islands on Saturday morning.

In Taipei city, more than 10,000 people registered for the event at the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial hall.

Participants with smart phones were able to download an application that would help organisers track their location in real time.

"Today is the final day of Taiwan's 100-year anniversary so we have organised this activity called 'Moving Forward' to promote our country and to let everyone know about the anniversary," said organiser John Ho.

Among those taking part was Taipei high-school teacher Song Jun Ping, who had brought along more than 10 of her students.

"To celebrate the end of the Taiwan's 100th year and heading into the 101th, I decided to do something to celebrate the event," she explained. "And I thought this event is an interesting one."

Organisers estimated that more than 100-thousand cyclists took part in the one-hour parade, with each participant covering about 3 miles (5 kilometres).

They claimed the parade broke the world record - set in Italy more than a decade ago - and will now be submitted to Guinness World Records for official recognition.

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