Allan Lear Guinness World Record Attempt - Coast to Birdsville in 1 Week
Allan Lear Breaks Guinness World Record!
After a gruellling 7 day journey, covering an immense 1629 kilometres, Allan Lear of Hahn Environmental Services has achieved his Guinness World Record Attempt of travelling the longest distance on an electric bicycle in 1 week. The official distance set by Guinness was 1200 kilometres in 7 days, however Allan achieved 429 kilometres beyond this threshold to reach Birdsville in far western Queensland. Arriving sore and very tired just after 4pm on 31 August, having endured days of dust, aching muscles, and very harsh conditions. The boys will all look forward to a cold beer and a good pub meal at the Birdsville Hotel!
Follow Allan's entire journey on this page - including video diary blogs of the entire journey.
Allan Lear, CEO and inventor extraordinaire is about to set off on a Guinness World Record Attempt, riding from the Sunshine Coast to Birdsville in 7 days - a massive distance of 1600 kilometres.
The official record is for the Longest Distance Travelled by Electric Bicycle in 1 Week, and needs to be at least 1200 kilometres as set by Guinness officials.
Allan will be riding a commercially built electric bike. Allan Lear reports the bike is programmed to ride at 200 watts and a swap and go battery bank will provide necessary power - he is hoping to get between 40 to 60 kilometres with pedal power. The bike was chosen due to its great battery capacity.
The bike's batteries will be charged en-route through a turbine powered mini vehicle - which through wind power alone will provide enough energy to charge the batteries for Allan's bike.
Bookmark this page and watch the progress! The attempt was scheduled to start Wednesday 24th August, but has been delayed 24 hours due to bad weather.....check back for updates.....
Meet the Hahn Enviro Guinness World Record Challenge Team (left to right) Allan, Damien, Simon, Gavin and binny who will join the team at dalby!
All smiles before they go - no turning back now, it's Birdsville or Bust !
It's 7.20am on Thursday 25th August, at Landsborough on the Sunshine Coast, and it's time to head off on the 1600 kilometre journey! Wish them luck!
The launch of Allan's trek was covered by local TV networks, then picked up by ABC and CNN. See Seven and Nine tv coverage below, and you can check our MEDIA page for full details of the event coverage.
Seven Local News Coverage of the Event.
WIN News Coverage of the Event.
Making good progress during the trek.....follow the diary posts by Allan on the road during his journey....
In Good Spirits after the first 40 kilometres....
Arriving in Kilcoy - first quick stop....
After a gruelling range climb.....what a hill !
About 30k's to Dalby - Battery Change
Arriving in Dalby late Thursday.... pretty tired
Heading off after stopping in at Dalby High School
Going well about 30k's outside of Dalby
Arriving in Chinchilla....quick stop
Arriving in Roma wet and tired
Leaving Roma well rested Saturday AM.
Just about to leave Charleville Motel
Allan showing us his electric bike
Gavin talking about the Mini Battery Charging
Refuelling the Mini between Charleville and
Allan Lear, CEO of Hahn Environmental Services has broken the Guinness World Record by peddling over 1600 kilometres on an electric bicycle to Birdsville in far western Queensland.
Mr Lear and his support team set out from his offices at Landsborough on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland on Thursday 25th August. His record attempt set by Guinness officials required a minimum of 1200 kilometres be travelled during a 7 day continuous timeframe. By reaching Birdsville within the time limit, Allan has exceeded the distance by 429 kilometres achieving a total of 1629 kilometres. The official record will be the Longest Distance Travelled by Electric Bicycle in 1 Week, and will be verified by Guinness officials in the UK in coming weeks by submission of evidence and records taken en route.
Mr Lear’s custom built electric bike offered 200 watts of power and ran an average of 80 kilometers a battery. With solid peddling and a tail wind, Mr Lear could reach speeds of over 40 kilometres an hour. Bike batteries were quickly interchanged on the road side, having been recharged en-route by a specially converted Mini Cooper designed to harness wind power via two roof-mounted wind turbines. Reports Mr Lear “The wind turbines charged everything including the bike batteries, our CB radios, even our mobile phones. It was a very efficient system, and the mini certainly brought us a lot of attention along the way.” Says Mr Lear of his adventure “It was the opportunity of a lifetime, but I’m sore in places I didn’t even know existed. We travelled some very rough terrain and had our share of challenges with flat tyres, bad weather, road trains, wild animals and met some interesting characters along the way. The last few days were really tough. I’ve swallowed that much hot red dust, and the team’s food rations were running low so we were living on 2 minute noodles and canned Tuna as we camped in our swags on the roadside. Our last creek crossing before reaching Birdsville nearly ended the mini, slashing two of its tyres on the sharp creek rocks. We had to be a little inventive in our patch job, but it was enough to get us to Birdsville. We’ve arrived now, I’ve broken the record, and it’s time to relax and enjoy the famous Birdsville Races for a few days before heading home. I’ve now set the challenge to my two boys when they’re old enough to break their Dad’s record!”
As CEO of Hahn Environmental Services, an environmental based organisation focussed on alternative fuels and promoting alternative transport, Mr Lear hopes to promote the use of alternative transport to lessen our reliance on traditional fossil fuels. Funds raised through local promotions and donations will be used by environmental charity Greenfleet to plant 1000 trees to further offset vehicle carbon emissions. Donations can be made at www.everydayhero.com.au/hahn_environmental
Hahn Environmental Services Pty Ltd is an industry leader in waste to energy conversion of regulated waste fostering low carbon footprints and full cycle sustainable management. Hahn Environmental is the largest producer of biodiesel in Queensland, and is working with coal mines and the CSG industry on waste to energy conversion technology.
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