School children to challenge Guinness World Records™ and recreate the largest human bicycle

Children from schools in Warwickshire will have a Guinness World Records title in their sights when they attempt to form the “Largest Human Image of a Bicycle” ever seen.

The Guinness World Records attempt, at Kenilworth High School on Friday 26th May, has been organised by Warwickshire County Council to celebrate the return of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour to the county for a second successive year.

Around 1,300 people will take part in the record attempt which, if successful, will eclipse the current record of 794 people, set by the community of Silloth-on-Solway, Cumbria, during the Tour of Britain in September 2015.

Most of the participants will be from Kenilworth School, alongside some professional riders and representatives from SweetSpot, organisers of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, though organisers are also looking for other schools around Warwickshire to get involved.

The event is part of the county council’s efforts to engage and excite the next generation of cyclists in the run up to the county hosting the Warwickshire stage of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour on Friday 9th June.

The Warwickshire Stage of the tour will start in North Warwickshire with Atherstone once again playing host to the start. Riders will then finish the stage 150 km later in Royal Leamington Spa.

The county is looking to inspire Warwickshire’s children to develop healthy lifestyles as they grow and to see cycling as an alternative way to travel, as well as a leisure activity, with an emphasis on developing their cycle skills and road safety awareness.

Warwickshire County Council’s project manager for the tour, Chris Egan, said: “This will be a fun event but with a serious side as it will hopefully enthuse children about the joys and benefits of cycling.

“It will also have a wonderful legacy if the attempt is successful, ensuring Warwickshire another place in Guinness World Records history.

“Strict guidelines apply to successfully achieve a Guinness World Records title, we narrowly missed out on the title on last year’s attempt despite having more than enough people, due to the large patches of green in the wheels of the bike.

“So numerous meetings have taken place, especially with Kenilworth School who have been right on board with the event from day one, to make sure logistics on the day are set and ready for us to be successful.”

Any other schools which would like to be involved should contact Hayden Wright at haydenwright@warwickshire.gov.uk