Unofficially, South Lake Tahoe handily defeated Davis, Calif. Thursday to become the world record holder for the longest single line of bicycles.
One thousand one hundred and eighty-eight bicyclists stretched from the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority visitor center near El Dorado Beach to the Stateline casinos, according to the count by Mark Cutright, chief slow roller for the Slow Rollers Bicycle Club. The club coordinated Thursday’s world record attempt as part of their second annual Spirit Parade.
The record for the longest single line of bicycles was set in October 2010, when 916 bicyclists rode through Davis, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
But participants in Thursday’s impressive effort will have to wait a few weeks before they know if their pedaling was record-setting.
“We’ll send it to Guinness. They’ll look at it and they will decide what the number is,” Cutright said.
Even if the Guinness doesn’t recognize the attempt, it would be hard to call the slow crawl through town a failure. It was all smiles from bicyclists as they passed by in colorful lineup that sometimes bordered on the surreal.
There was the guy in the purple super hero suit, at least two unicyclists, a masked man wearing a cape, a lady bug, Woody and Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story, bike shop owner Gary Bell on his penny-farthing, an oversized tricycle, wigs of every color and Winnie the Pooh.
“We got wild animals on bicycles, we got 80s metal stars, we got guys teleported from the 20s, everyone is in very high spirits, it’s gonna be a big gnarly party,” said participant Oscar Azevedo.
South Lake Tahoe resident David Jones, who was dressed as a large pineapple and was wearing Mickey Mouse-inspired gloves, brought the whole family out for the event “just for the cause.”
“All of our friends are coming out and I just wanted to be a part of it,” Jones said.
City Councilman Tom Davis also took part in the event, and said he hoped the ride would become an annual tradition, regardless of the world record.
“If nothing else, we’ll have fun,” Davis said.
– Tahoe Daily Tribune intern Susanne Haala