It's official! Troy Rank on his electric bicycle got recognized for his 4,400 mile (plus) trip on the Guinness World Record site:
"The longest journey on a motorized bicycle is 7,151 km (4,443.4 miles) and was achieved by Troy Rank (USA), who rode throughout the USA between 1 August 2014 to 30 August 2014.
"Troy's journey started and in Buffalo, New York, USA and took him through Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Missouri and Pennsylvania before he completed his journey in Ithaca, New York. Troy rode a Maxwell Motorbikes ADV1 electric bicycle."
A few of Troy's comments about his ride:
Without a support truck, and without much money at all, I was able to have an incredible adventure and see parts the US in a unique way that most people only dream about. When it only takes $25 worth of energy to go 4500 miles, the possibilities for adventure are boundless. Bicycles have always allowed us to do a lot with very little and now e-bikes make it possible to do even more with them, in a way that makes so much sense.
The technology is here and I’m excited to develop the next generation of e-bikes with Maxwell Motorbikes. Motorcycling has fallen by the wayside because of an industry that was convinced that bigger is better. It’s now time for a resurgence of bike that is possible, thanks to the capabilities of E-bikes.
To be completely unencumbered by the shell and mechanics of an automobile, and to be exposed and present in the moment, is exactly why bikes are the most supreme form of transportation.
Here's a taste. One of the good days, day 9:
The days got a little "less good" soon after that for a bit. ...and here he is breaking the record, Day 28 (@ 7:25):