Cyclists set to break biggest parade record

By Marc Langer  /  STAFF REPORTER

Fri, Jul 20, 2007 - Page 24

Cyclists will gather in Taipei's Dajia Riverside Park (大佳河濱公園) at 7:40am tomorrow to try to set a new world record for the "biggest bicycle parade."

Sponsors of the event say that 2,000 people have already registered to participate, which should be more than enough to beat the current record of 641 set in the Netherlands last year.

The event will begin with speeches from invited guests at 7:45am, and cyclists will officially set out on the 3.2km course at 8am, followed by a ceremony at 10am.

In addition to breaking the world record, organizers say they also want to promote environmental protection and health.

Guinness Book of World Records judge Stuart Claxton will be in attendance to certify the results, as well as Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Huang Chih-hsiung (黃志雄), Democratic Progressive Party Deputy Secretary-General Tsai Huang-liang (蔡煌瑯), who is also vice chairman of the Sports Affairs Council, and Peng Tai-lin (彭台;), director of the council's Department of Sports for All.