One Hell Of An Electric Bike Ride Down Under

How far is it possible to travel on an electric bicycle in a single week? In case this is a question that’s been keeping you up at night, the current answer is 1629 kilometers (around 1012 miles), as per Allan Lear’s recent Guinness World Record-breaking ride from Australia‘s Sunshine Coast to Birdsville.

Lear, CEO of  Hahn Environmental Services and “inventor extraordinaire,” rode a commercially built electric bike programmed to ride at 200 watts that makes use of a “swap and go battery bank” for power; Lear reports that he chose the bike based on its battery capacity, though his goal was to cover 40 to 60 kilometers (24 to 37 miles) on pedal power alone.

Allan Lear, electric bike world record

image via Hahn Environmental Sciences

An innovative element of this ride — and one that no doubt gave Lear an edge over the previous record holder — was the fact that his support team spotted him along the way with a turbine-powered mini vehicle that recharged his batteries using wind power. (The previous record for distance covered on an electric bicycle in a week was 1200 kilometers, or 745 miles, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.)

The Hahn Evironmental Services blog reports that Lear arrived in Birdville “sore and very tired” on August 31st, and proceeded to celebrate his victory with his team at the pub of the Birdsville Hotel.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.