HTBS’s Louis Petrin writes from Australia,
Sydney University Boat Club (SUBC) legends and dual Olympians Matt Ryan and Sam Loch had a crack at the Concept 2 Tandem 24 hour Ergometer World record this weekend.
The challenge, beat the record of 366,836 metres (an average split of 1:57.7) held by Germans Stefan Verhoeven, 27, and Matthias Auer, 41, who set the record in Karlsrue on 23-24 February, 2013.
There is no rest during the challenge with Loch tweeting that they had changeovers occurring every 20 minutes and later in the challenge went to 30-minute changeovers.
One of the requirements for this challenge is that the flywheel cannot stop spinning ever until 24 hours has elapsed! Take a look at the requirements here.
The challenge took place at the Melbourne University Boat Club on Saturday, 15 June, 2013.
Later Loch tweeted, “Through halfway in 1:52.1. Will probably cruise at 1:54/1:55 for a couple of hours”.
What did they achieve at the end? They smashed the record and set a new World 24-hour ergo record: 380,274 metres or 236.3 miles! That works out at an average split of 1:53.6 per 500m! Remember, this was erging for 24 hours.
More importantly, they have raised AU$14,718 (US$14,150) for the Leukemia Foundation.
So the beauty is that this record was not done for medals but for charity! Steve Fairbairn said miles makes champions, but you also need a big heart.