Over 268 hours, 32 minutes and 44 seconds of this…that’s what it’ll take for local resident Kevin Millar to break the Guinness World Record for the longest marathon static cycling, though he’s pushing for even longer.
Co-owner of Handlebars Indoor Cycling Gym and Health Bar, Kevin was inspired to try riding 14 days straight after the idea of hosting a ride-a-thon got his gears turning to do even more.
“We really wanted to do some sort of multi-hour long event, and one thing led to another that led us to an online search of ‘hey what’s the world record of longest time on a bike?’ It’s really just that initial push to accomplish something that’s out of the ordinary, out of the normal everyday,” said Millar.
These days that means cycling for several hours at a time. He is allowed a five-minute break every hour, but is combining those to get a quick power nap in for about 20-30 minutes.
At his side during it all is his girlfriend and co-owner of the gym, Katelyn DePace ,who supports his personal journey.
“I think anything with him, is he comes up with these ideas and you kind of just go with it, there’s no changing his mind with these things so it’s like be fully supportive and that’s what I do,” said DePace.
But Kevin won’t just be riding for himself, 100 percent of the proceeds raised throughout the 14 days will be donated to charities of their choice.
“Each day we’re featuring a different charity, however over the course of the 14 days, anyone is able to donate to the charities online or at the charity website as well,” said Millar.
And it seems he’ll stop at nothing to accomplish his goal and help others- not even braking when everyday tasks come his way.
To pass the time he and his girlfriend play games and complete puzzles, pretty much anything to keep his mind off the bike.
“I got some activity books, very interesting, fantastic bathroom reader, logic puzzles, I have a ginormous connect the dot puzzle around here,” said Millar.
Whether he succeeds with this challenge or not, he’s already pushing for more big plans in the future.
“There’s an expedition that I’ve been sort of talking about doing an ultramarathon, running a marathon for five consecutive days. Those are things that I have on the plate, but just getting through one thing at a time right now,” said Millar.
You can keep up with Kevin’s progress on Handlebars Youtube page, where he posts daily video updates.
Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.
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