16,219 km in 5 months, Patiala businessman sets new Guinness record

  • Navrajdeep Singh, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Jun 08, 2015 10:30 IST

To spread awareness on ‘saving and educating the girl child’, Gurjeet Singh, 31, a businessman from Patiala, has set a new record and his name will soon be included in the Guinness Book of World Records. He has been feted for the longest journey by a bicyclist in a single country.

Singh covered 16, 219 kilometre on bicycle across different states of India and culminated his journey in Patiala on Sunday amidst huge applause and fanfare.

Singh has broken the record set by another Indian from Maharashtra Prasad Erande, who had pedaled 14,576 kilometer. Gurjeet had taken prior permission from management of Guinness Book of World Records and completed all formalities before attempting record journey on December 14, 2014.

“It is a great moment for me as I have achieved what I dreamt of. Apart from setting a new Guinness World Records, I have managed to spread message of saving girl child among masses,” said Singh Gurjeet, who dared to even venture to the locations that are otherwise considered danger zones in some of the north-eastern parts of the country, covered as much as 300 km on two different occasions and 150-200 km on an average during his expedition.

As per the Guinness Book of World Records management’s requirement, the whole journey has been videographed, while a special global positioning system (GPS) was installed in his bicycle to get day to day and proper recordings of kilometres covered by him throughout his journey.

“I will now complete post-attempt formalities and submit all my log books and camera to the record-maintaining authorities,” Singh said.

The cyclist planned to travel all the states but had to cut down his visit due to unfavourable weather conditions in Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.

He was also accompanied by a utility vehicle carrying necessary items like food, an all-terrain bike, clothes and first-aid kits.

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