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U.S. marathon footbike records obliterated! [Jun. 14th, 2010|10:35 pm]
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Last year, on June 13, 2009, nine footbikers participated in the first official footbike race ever held in the U.S. at the marathon distance (26.22 miles or 42.195 kilometers) - the footbike division of the Utah Valley Marathon. On June 12, four out of the nine returned to ride their footbikes in the 2010 Utah Valley Marathon, along with two footbikers riding in the event for the first time.

The four who kicked their second UVM posted some incredible times - most of them beat their 2009 time by at least 16 minutes, and one beat his 2009 time by almost 25 minutes! Here are the results:


Mathew Greensides: 1:27:09.9 (2009 time 1:46.59.6)

Jeff "Spartacus" Oakie: 1:31:47.6 (2009 time 1:56.27.3)

Christopher Cox: 1:34:03.7 (2009 time 1:40:53.2)

Lendyl Thomas: 2:07:03.0 (first time UVM footbiker)


Sarah Cox: 1:33:46.6 (2009 time 1:56:54.6)

Ruth Greensides: 1:50:58.4 (first time UVM footbiker)

Mathew's time may now be at least the unofficial U.S. record for the marathon distance, depending on whether U.S. citizen Richard Van Camp kicked a faster time in races in Europe between 2002 and 2006.

Sarah's time is well below the current women's (official or unofficial) footbike marathon world record of 1:39:50.5, set last year by Czech Martina Smitkova in a Eurocup race in Germany. Sarah definitely has the U.S. marathon record.

Sarah, Jeff, Ruth, and Lendyl have set age group and/or single age U.S. footbike records for the marathon distance. Mat and Chris may have set U.S. footbike marathon records for their age group or age (depending on Richard Van Camp's age at the time he competed in footbike marathon races).

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First 100 mile footbike ride in the U.S. [Apr. 27th, 2010|08:05 am]
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Dan Nielsen rode his Kickbike Sport Classic 103 miles on April 27, 1999, becoming the first known person to ride a footbike 100 miles in one day. He rode from the Utah-Colorado border (just west of Fruita,CO near I-70) to Silt, CO in about 12 hours. It was the first day of Dan's first crossing of Colorado.

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Footbikers at Salt Lake City Marathon [Apr. 18th, 2010|08:41 am]
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On the Footbiking in the USA Facebook group, Sarah Cox reported that four footbikers (Jeff Oakie, Mat Greensides, Christopher Cox, and Sarah) finished the Salt Lake City Marathon bike tour well under the cutoff time of 1:45 - they all finished the 25 mile (40.23 km.) course in 1:36. If they finished in exactly 1 hour 36 minutes, their average speed was 15.625 mph, and if they had kept that same average speed for the next 1.22 miles, they would have finished a full marathon in 1:40:40.8. I believe that time would have been the second fastest marathon time by a female.

Sarah reported that their start of the tour was slow because they were among 1500 cyclists, but they ended up finishing in the middle of the pack.
Congratulations to the four footbikers!

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First kicksled ride of the season [Dec. 24th, 2009|07:33 pm]
I finally was able to get some real exercise today after three weeks of inactivity. Injured my left calf muscle (probably a slight tear) on December 2 playing a racquetball league match and limped around for over a week. The muscle still wasn't fully healed a week later. Didn't really feel like going out for a walk or easy Kickbike ride after work this past week (too cold, slippery conditions, lack of light).

Today, the sun was out and the temperature rose above 32 degrees for the first time in a while. It felt great to ride my Kickspark kicksled at several local parks. The ice on the skating pond was well groomed - I kicked 10-15 laps with the allround steel runners, careful to avoid the skaters and people hitting hockey pucks to each other.

Also rode on some of the paths/trails at the park, with plastic snow runners attached to the steel runners, including part of the old high school cross country course I had first run on almost four decades ago.

Then decided to try another park on the other side of town. I've ridden the sled numerous times on that park's winding 1 mile trail in the past seven years. The trail conditions today were good in some places (packed, icy snow) fair in others. Didn't mind getting off the sled to walk over sections with no snow on the ground.

Encountered several people walking their dogs - they were all intrigued by the sled and one asked me a few questions about it, which I was happy to answer.

I hope I stay injury free this winter so that I can ride the Kickspark (or Kickbike) _at least_ once or twice a week!
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More U.S. scooter/footbike records [Dec. 18th, 2009|10:25 pm]
I am going to add more U.S scooter/footbike records to the list I have been maintaining.

Back on September 26, nine people rode a footbike in the footbike division of the second annual John D. Hawkes Memorial 5k road race in Salt Lake City, Utah. About 100 runners/walkers also participated in the event. The proceeds from the event went to an organization dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson's disease.

On June 13, the first footbike marathon race (26.219 miles/42.195 kilometers) ever held in the U.S. took place in Provo, Utah, and most of the participants set U.S. records for their age group or age.

As far as I know, the race in Salt Lake City on September 26 was the first 5k footbike race held in the U.S. All seven of the female riders set what I consider to be a U.S. record. The name, time, and age group or single age record of each are listed below:

Sarah Cox, 14:37, age 30-34, age 34

Ruth Greensides, 14:43, age 30

Connie Kitchens, 16:17, age 45-49, age 48

Marian Decker, 16:51, age 40-44, age 44

Larene Young, 17:29, age 31

Daphne Brass, 19:06, age 10-14, age 10

Amy Donaldson, 19:08, age 41

If we go by IKSA's classifications, Sarah Cox has the women's senior (age 18-44) U.S. record, and Connie Kitchens has the women's veteran (age 45+) record.

Christopher Cox and Mat Greensides also rode footbikes in the race. They both may now have U.S. age or age group records at the 5k distance. It all depends on whether American citizen Richard Van Camp ever competed in a 5k footbike race in Finland. He may not have, because the most common footbike race distances there appear to be 1k, 2k, 10k, and the marathon.

If Richard VC didn't compete in a 5k race in his footbike racing career (ca. 2002-2006?), then Chris and Mat have the 5k U.S. record in their respective age divisions. Their times and age group or single age records are as follows:

Christopher Cox, 11:43, age 35-39, age 36

Mathew Greensides, 12:41, age 30-34, age 31

If Richard VC didn't compete in a 5k footbike race or didn't finish a 5k race in a time faster than 11:43, then Chris has the U.S. record in the senior division (age 18-44) as well.

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Kickbike U.S. crossing completed - 11/22/01 [Nov. 22nd, 2009|01:26 pm]
It was 8 years ago today that Dan Nielsen completed his record setting journey across the U.S. on a Kickbike. According to my calculations, he started kicking that day at about 3:24 A.M. in Valdosta, Georgia. In Harald Fricker's report of the last day of the ride, he said Dan went through Waycross, GA (62 miles from Valdosta) at around 10:00 A.M. At that point, Dan had about 64 miles to go. Dan reached the Atlantic Ocean at Jekyll Island Historic District at 4:57 PM, a little after sunset.

He kicked 126 miles that day, the longest distance he had kicked in a day in the entire trip, except for the 138 miles he rode the first day of the trip (11/1/01).

Stats for the last day of the trip: 126 miles in 13:33 at an average speed of 9.3 mph (including any rest breaks).

Stats for the entire trip: 2378 miles in 21 days, 9 hours, 57 minutes. Average daily mileage: 108.09 or 111.04, depending on whether you divide 2378 miles by 22 days or 21.415 days (9:57 is about .415 days).

In July 2005, Jim Delzer (the first person to ride across the U.S. on a Kickbike) attempted to break Dan Nielsen's U.S. crossing world record, but he was unsuccessful.

The account of Nielsen's record setting trip is still available at http://tinyurl.com/5gwkhy and an article on the trip in the Vail Daily newspaper is available at http://tinyurl.com/6ja8qm

tags: footbike, scooter, world record, Kickbike
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2001 U.S. crossing start [Nov. 1st, 2009|01:00 pm]
I've written about it here before (see my posts last November), but just wanted to acknowledge again that Dan Nielsen began crossing the U.S. on a Kickbike 8 years ago today. The first day (11/1/01), he kicked 138 miles, and he went on to kick 100+ miles 17 more times in the next 21 days. The only times he kicked less than 100 miles during the trip were on 11/4 (74 miles), 11/6 (94 miles), 11/17 (98 miles) and 11/20 (95 miles).

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Colorado Kickbike/footbike State Championship [Sep. 12th, 2009|01:05 pm]
The first Kickbike (footbike) competition ever held in North America took place 10 years ago, on September 12, 1999. The name of the race was "Colorado Super-Kick 8k State Championship" or "Colorado Kickbike [8k] State Championship."

According to the race report, which is still online at http://www.racingunderground.com/kickres99.html ,the race was 4 laps of a "mile and a quarter" track at the Mountain View Motorsports Park in Mead, CO [now known as the Continental Divide Race Park].

It's not clear whether the race was really 5 miles or if it was 8 kilometers. Four laps of a 1.25 mile course is 5 miles, which is 8,046.72 meters. Perhaps the last lap was shortened by 46.72 meters (51.09 yards) and the race was 8k (8,000 meters). Or maybe the race was actually 5 miles and the race director called it 8 kilometers.

At any rate, Dan Nielsen won the race with a time of 18:38, setting a new U.S. kickscooter/footbike record for the 8 kilometer (and/or 5 mile) distance. That record stood for 6 years, until Gary Schmitt broke it on 9/24/05. Gary and Bob Dymond rode their Kickbikes on a course in Max, Indiana - the course was measured and certified by a U.S. Cycling Federation official, and the official timed both of them as they crossed the 8k and 5 mile marks on the course. Gary's 8k time was 18:25.15 and his 5 mile time was 18:29.65. Bob's times for 8k/5 miles were 19:31.25/19:36.03.

On 7/25/07, Gary smashed his U.S. 8k/5 mile records in a time trial on the same Max, IN course. His 8k time was 17:32.83 and his 5 mile time was 17:39.61.

Six out of the seven competitors in the 9/12/99 race still hold either age group or single age records for 8k (or 5 miles):

Dan Nielsen: 18:38, age 35-39, age 37
Mike Moher: 19:07, age 38
Keith Harper: 19:11, age 30-34, age 30
Pablo Vigil: 21:14, age 45-49, age 47
Peter Bryant: 21:34, age 46
Herb Seres: 22:06, age 58

The only one of the seven who doesn't have an 8k/5 mile age group or single age record is Michael Hagen - he had the "misfortune" of being the same age as Dan Nielsen (37).

Bob Dymond's times in 2005 are still the 8k/5 mile records for someone 56 years old.

Several weeks ago, according to the journal section of http://kickitmarketing.blogspot.com , Christopher and Sarah Cox were timed on a 5 mile section of a course in Utah. Chris's time (on August 22) was 19:08, and Sarah's time (on August 25) was 21:18. Not sure who timed them, how the 5-mile course was measured, or what the course profile was. If these times had been in an official race, Sarah would have set a U.S. women's 5 mile footbike record and Chris would have set the U.S. record for someone 35 years old. Chris's time of 19:08 might also be the 4th fastest 5 miler in the U.S. (depending on whether Mike Moher's time of 19:07 on 9/12/99 was for 8k or 5 miles).

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U.S. and world records for 24 hour footbike rides [Aug. 31st, 2009|01:58 am]
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About a year ago, I posted Alpo Kuusisto's report of his world record breaking 24-hour ride on a Kickbike scooter that took place on August 30-31, 2002. That report is available here at http://kickblogger.livejournal.com/13474.html

It was originally posted on the Kickbike USA Yahoo group in early September 2002, and it appeared later on Antti Lehtinen's kick news page (http://potku.fi/kn/).

Alpo kicked 519 kilometers (322.5 miles) in that 24 hour period, starting at 9 A.M. (local time) on 8/30/02 and ending at 9 A.M. on 8/31/02.

The previous 24-hour record had been 450.448 kilometers (279.895 miles), set in 1996 by Dutch kicker Gerrit-Jan Beldman.

During the 24 hour ride, Alpo also broke the 15 hour record of 344.917 km (215.32 miles) that had been set by Dutch kicker Rudy Van Bork in 1991, when he (Alpo) kicked 355.5 km (220.9 miles). And in that same ride, Alpo also set or broke the 20 hour record when he kicked 451 km. (280.24 miles).

The records set by Alpo that day in 2002 are regarded by some as "unofficial" world records.

On 6/14/08, Mario Reijne broke Gerrit-Jan Beldman's Dutch 24-hr record by about 11 km when he kicked 461.361 km (286.68 miles). Mario also set new records for 10 hours (203.857 km), 15 hours (295.056 km) and 20 hours (386.256 km) during the 24 hour ride.

Because the course Mario kicked on was measured more exactly and was flatter than the course Alpo kicked on, some think that Mario has the official world record for 24 hours. He definitely does have the Dutch record.

Only a few U.S. kickers have attempted to set a record for most distance kicked in 24 hours. Dan Nielsen and Jim Delzer kicked over 100 miles in a day numerous times, but all of these rides took place in multi-day Colorado crossings (Nielsen in 1999 and 2001) or U.S. crossings (Nielsen and Delzer in 2001). Jim's best was 138.29 miles. Dan's best was 178 miles (but there was a slight overall elevation loss during that ride). His second best was 174 miles, which included an elevation gain of 3,000 feet. That was considered the longest one day kick in the U.S. until I kicked 201.2 miles in June 2004. See http://kickblogger.livejournal.com/5350.html for a complete report of that ride.

The fourth longest one-day kick (150 miles) happened in May 2004. Alex Bekkerman rode that far on a course on Long Island, NY. He was attempting to break Nielsen's record (174 miles) and was also trying to be the first to kick 200 miles in one day.

None of the one-day rides by these four kickers was or is considered to be an "official" U.S. record. I think my 201.2 mile ride is the closest to being official, in that I rode 40 laps of a 5 mile, almost flat course. I also measured the circumference of my Kickbike's front wheel as exactly as possible, and inputted this wheel size (in millimeters) in the cyclometer I used during the ride. Wind wasn't a factor since the course I rode on required me to ride north, south, east and west - if I had a tailwind when riding in one direction, I had a headwind when riding that same road in the other direction.

Jeff (aka "Spartacus") Oakie is now in training to try to break the U.S. 24-hour record and/or set an "official" record. It looks like he's also set his sights on breaking Mario Reijne's record. His "tweets" on his training are available at http://www.twitter.com/footbikeusa

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100 kilometer Kickike ride on 8/26/01 [Aug. 27th, 2009|12:23 am]
The following was posted to the Kickbike USA Yahoo group on August 28, 2001. It is a report of my circa 100 kilometer Kickbike ride that took place 8 years ago, on 8/26/01. At the time that was the longest distance I had kicked.

[start of report of 8/26/01 ride]

Sunday, I reached another milestone on my Kickbike. Kicked just over 63 miles (about a mile farther than 100 kilometers) in about 6 hours and 49 minutes. Started at 1:40 PM and didn't get back until 8:30. Had to kick the last several miles in darkness, mostly on sidewalks (didn't have any lights or reflectors front or rear, so didn't want to risk being out on the road in traffic) with mostly street lights as the only illumination. Could have taken a shorter route to get back home once it really started getting dark, but was determined to reach and surpass the 100 km distance.

Some of the roads on the route I took I had not driven or ridden on before. Several of them, I discovered, turned out to be not the best for kickbiking; probably won't ever kick them again. I had to slow down numerous times to avoid bumps, holes and cracks. Couldn't avoid every single one, however, and scraped the bottom of the frame slightly several times (I have a lowering kit installed). Even though there is an increased chance that the frame will contact the road (if the road surface is uneven) with lowering kit installed, I don't plan to remove the kit - it's just so much easier kicking and switching feet with the lowered footboard. You just have to be really alert to what's up ahead at all times.

Two Powerbars, several liters of Gatorade/Powerade and several liters of water kept me going throughout the trip. When my back and legs started tightening up while I was kicking in the middle to late stages of the trip, I found that it was relieved somewhat by doing some stretches while I was still coasting and standing on the platform. That's one of the great things about Kickbikes - you have freedom of movement and can stretch out your legs and back while you're still riding, and the kicking motion itself tends to keep these muscles from tightening up. Today, I do feel some fatigue, but hardly feel any muscle soreness or stiffness at all, just slight tenderness in one calf muscle.

Now, kicking 100 miles doesn't seem totally out of reach. It certainly will be much more difficult, mentally and physically, to kick 100 miles than 100 kilometers, but I think I will eventually be able to do it. That's one of my goals right now, anyway.

John in NH

P.S. Anyone else have Kickbike distance goals they have reached or are working toward?

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