Cyclists Break World Record to Create 635 Mile-Long Dinosaur Track After Biking For 6 Days
Drawing a dinosaur on a piece of paper is never easy, let alone mapping it out across a city but that's just what a bicycle team achieved. Turns out, some adults made that dream come true. A bicycle team that rode around a 1,025 km long velociraptor-shaped track set a Guinness World Record for the largest GPS drawing. The impressive dinosaur track was drawn by French cyclists Florent Arnaud, Maxime Brugère, Franck Delorme, Nicolas Meunier and Jean Roule, according to the Daily Mail. The lengthy expedition took the cyclists 43 hours and 47 minutes to complete after mapping out the route, which was recognized by Strava—a running and riding GPS.
The team began and ended their journey in Meillard in the Allier region of central France. During the six-day ride, they passed through several other counties, including Cher, Saône-et-Loire, Indre, Nievre, Creuse and Puy-de-Dome. Apart from setting a new world record, Brugère revealed that he and his team of cyclists completed the journey to draw attention to a worthy cause. "Dinosaurs are proof that such strong species can quickly become extinct and that is what we are currently going through with the sixth mass extinction," he told Cycling Weekly. "We are the main culprits of this environmental crisis but also its main victims. As such, the future is in our hands and cycling is one of the best ways to contribute to change." The quartet is no stranger to creating massive, dinosaur-themed Strava art across their homeland. According to the outlet, Brugère, Arnaud, Delorme and Meunier plotted their first dinosaur track in 2020 when they cycled a 200-kilometer Tyrannosaurus Rex pathway in France's Loire region.
After discovering a registered Guinness World Record for the longest GPS drawing by a bike team, the team decided to embark on the massive cycle. They saw that a group of riders in 2018 had completed a 761 km heart-shaped ride they deemed looked "beatable." The team cycled a 200-kilometer Diplodocus in the Saône-et-Loire region the following year. According to the Guinness World Record they earned, they became the largest GPS drawing by bicycle (team). The entire team is a member of the "Cyclos randonneurs Saint-Galmier" cycling club. They chose to draw a Velociraptor as a play on words with the French word for bicycle (vélo).
However, at the heart of each trail, the group promotes biking as a sustainable mode of transportation while also encouraging good health. "Most of us are daily bike commuters, environmentally engaged, who rarely use a car. We use our bikes for traveling also," they said, as per Daily Mail. "Among the very complex issues that we are facing with global warming and other environmental crises, riding a bike instead of using a car only has advantages. It is good for physical health, mental health, it is cheap, and it avoids most road works and traffic jams."
The Cycling Weekly also reported that previously, Anthony Hoyle, a veteran GPS artist, spread a 'Merry Christmas' message across London in December 2020. A year later, the same cyclist known as the "pedaling Picasso" rode 75 miles across London to create a virtual portrait of a mustached man while raising funds for Movember. Hoyle got his nickname in 2016 after cycling around Cheltenham and uploading a dog image to his Strava account. In the past, he has cycled routes in London shaped like a 66-mile Santa Claus and a 79-mile reindeer but the mustached man is the first one he has completed for charity.