Ludington goes for third world record attempt with longest line of bicycles

LUDINGTON — First it was the longest ice cream dessert. Then it was the most sand angels. Ludington is at it again this summer for a third Guinness World Record attempt.

Ludington’s annual “Love Ludington” weekend in 2018 features the Pure Ludington Guinness World Record Attempt for the Longest Line of Bicycles June 9 plus other events like the 38th Annual Ludington Lakestride, Port of Ludington Maritime Museum one-year anniversary, West Shore Pride Fest and Historic Home Tour.

Ludington will go for a third world record attempt on June 9. Visitors can participate in two Guinness World Record attempts, the longest single line of bicycles (moving) and the longest line of bicycles (static). (Shoreline Cycling Club/Courtesy photo)

Ludington will go for a third world record attempt on June 9. Visitors can participate in two Guinness World Record attempts, the longest single line of bicycles (moving) and the longest line of bicycles (static). (Shoreline Cycling Club/Courtesy photo)

“Ludington has created this fun annual tradition of attempting a world record based on a special pastime of our region, and families make a point to come here and build memories while helping us win,” said Brandy Henderson, executive director of the Ludington Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Bicycling is a popular activity here as we add and connect more trails in our network. What better way to celebrate the start of summer than doing this activity while enjoying other special events during our Love Ludington weekend?”

Visitors can participate in two Guinness World Record attempts this year – the longest single line of bicycles (moving) where the current record was set in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in December 2016 with 1,186 people; and the longest line of bicycles (static), where the record was set in Berlin, Germany, in May 2015 with 1,448 bicyclists.

Participants in either or both events should pre-register online at EventBrite. Check-in and staging for both events begins at 7:30 a.m. at Oriole Field at 700 W. Tinkham Ave., with riders participating in the longest single line of moving bicycles departing Oriole Field starting at 9 a.m. (riders in the static line record attempt will stay at Oriole Field during that time and wait for the first group to return).

Cyclists in the moving line will ride a closed course of approximately three miles on city streets. Riders should have a functional bicycle and helmet. The longest static line of bicycles record attempt, open to all ages and abilities, will begin soon after the moving line attempt is completed. Both record attempts should take a little over an hour total to complete.

Sponsored by the Ludington Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, the free event is organized by the Shoreline Cycling Club. Serving Oceana, Mason, Lake, Manistee and Benzie counties, the club helps maintain and increase access to cycling opportunities as well as educate the public about cycling while hosting events and rides. The club has constructed a 10-mile urban single track trail system in Ludington using portions of the Ludington School Forest, Memorial Tree Park and Cartier Park. The group hopes to bring awareness of their trail-building efforts through the event.

“This world record attempt is especially significant since Ludington is a popular cycling community with many great trails in the region – from paved flat loops, to technical singletrack trails,” said Andy Klevorn, board member of the Shoreline Cycling Club. “Cycling can be a lifelong sport, mode of transportation and great way for families to spend time together – and we want to remind or introduce people in a visible way about the joy of going for a bike ride with friends or family.”

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