CEO pedals into record books
COAST CEO Allan Lear had to endure more than 1600 kilometres of rough conditions on his custom built electric bike to break a Guinness World Record, but break it he has.
Mr Lear and his support team set out from his waste-to-energy firm Hahn Environmental base at Landsborough on August 25.
His record attempt set by Guinness officials required a minimum of 1200 kilometres be travelled during a seven-day continuous time frame.
He not only reached Birdsville within the time limit, but exceeded the distance by 429km, achieving a total of 1629km.
The official record will be the Longest Distance Travelled by Electric Bicycle in One 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 80km per battery. With solid peddling and a tail wind, Mr Lear could reach speeds of over 40km 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.
"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," Mr Lear said.
"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.
"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 two-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."
The team timed the ride perfectly, with their celebrations coinciding with the famous Birdsville Races before the journey home.
"I've now set the challenge to my boys when they're old enough to break their dad's record!"
As CEO of Hahn Environmental Services, an environmental based organisation focused 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.