Warwickshire County Council sets new Guinness World Record™ and creates the largest human bicycle

Warwickshire County Council and schoolchildren from Kenilworth School and Sixth Form had a Guinness World Records title in their sights when they formed the “Largest Human Image of a Bicycle” ever seen.

The Guinness World Records attempt, at Kenilworth School and Sixth Form on Friday 26th May, was organised by Warwickshire County Council to celebrate the return of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour to the county for a second successive year. The tour returns to the county on Friday 9 June.

1,148 people, comprising school children from Kenilworth School and Sixth form, the school staff and Warwickshire County Council staff, took a painstaking hour to ensure they had created the bicycle without any breaks in the links under the watchful eye of the Guinness World Records adjudicator.

They eclipsed the current record of 891 people, set by the community of Silloth-on-Solway, Cumbria, during the Tour of Britain in September 2015.

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 Joint Managing Director, Monica Fogarty, said: “This was a fantastic achievement for Warwickshire County Council and everyone at Kenilworth School and Sixth Form. This has set the tone for a warm Warwickshire welcome to the OVO Energy women’s Tour. We’re all set.”

Hayden Abbott, head teacher of Kenilworth School and Sixth Form said: “I feel delighted for the students and for everyone involved that we’ve achieved a world record. It’s a great sense of bonding and cohesion. It feels really good and a great way to end the half term.

Lucia Sinigagliesi of Guinness World Records said: “I would like to say a big thankyou to everyone involved in today’s well-executed record attempt.

“The world’s biggest human image of a bicycle consists now of 1,148 people and it looked amazing … officially amazing!”

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The Guinness World Record attempt could not have happened without the support of Kenilworth School and 6th Form, Arden Construction, HeliAir based in Wellesbourne, Ben Duffy Photography, Kenilworth Town Council and Everyone Active.


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