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Old 2005-02-26, 09:33 PM   #1
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New Hour Record

As the creator of Purple Phaze, a geared 36" uni, I wanted to demonstrate it's capabilities. So today, at age 46 and a rider of 15 months, I went out to the Marymoor Velodrome in my home town of Redmond, WA, and rode 14.278 miles (22.978 km) in one hour. This was on Purple Phaze with a gear ratio of 1.89. The attempt was witnessed by licensed officials of the UCI, and the USCF, as well as a few friends. It will be submitted to Guinness for offcial status (as they are the only ones who recognize the hour and the 24 hour records).
I was averaging just over 15mph, when very near the end I had a severe UPD due to fatigue. It took me many attempts to re-mount and finish. I had been turning laps at under a minute, but that last lap was 3:40 due to the fall, and so diminished my final distance. Nevertheless, I broke the existing hour record of Stefan Gauler, set in 2000, of 13.231 miles.
By doing this, I urge and encourage others to make an attempt to push this record further up where it really ought to be.

I wish to thank my wife, Suzanne Ross, my machinist, Aaron Anderson (who also worked on Sem's world's tallest uni), and the entire Seattle gang who inspired me to be the best rider I can be!!
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Old 2005-02-26, 09:50 PM   #2
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Congratulations Pete! Sure is fun to watch a Guinness record beaten. It will be interesting to see where the record goes from here.

Here's a picture of unisk8r during the ride.
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Old 2005-02-26, 10:04 PM   #3
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Congratulations Pete!!! I was glad we could come out and witness this bit of history.

I created a new gallery and just finished uploading my pics from today. It is here: http://gallery.unicyclist.com/album491

Pete Perron and Purple Phase (P4?)...one fast combination out there on the track today.
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Old 2005-02-26, 10:21 PM   #4
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Congratulations!!!!!! That quite an accomplishment for someone who's been uniing such a short amount of time
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Old 2005-02-26, 10:38 PM   #5
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Wow! Good job on the creation of that speed machine and on piloting it into the record books already!

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Old 2005-02-26, 11:13 PM   #6
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Congratulations on the world record. Everything FAST comes out of Seattle. When will the rest of the world catch up? Thanks for letting me break it once, too.
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Old 2005-02-26, 11:18 PM   #7
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Spot on Pete!

That must have been the hardest hours work you have ever done.

Great picture.

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Old 2005-02-26, 11:28 PM   #8
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My son and I were fortunate enough to catch the last 20 minutes. It was cool that once the record was broken Pete's pace increased.

I have a 12MB video of a complete lap that I'll upload when I have high speed access. I'll try to figure out how to compress it first.

Congratualations again!
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Old 2005-02-26, 11:28 PM   #9
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Good job, Pete!

Nice use of panning in the photos to show the speed, Tom.
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Old 2005-02-27, 12:20 AM   #10
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Congrats!!! Purple phaze looks like a lot of fun.
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Old 2005-02-27, 12:37 AM   #11
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Congratulations

Awesome job Pete. Too bad about the UPD, but I'm glad you managed the record. I'm sorry I missed it.
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Old 2005-02-27, 01:05 AM   #12
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congrats man thats awsome
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Old 2005-02-27, 01:10 AM   #13
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You made that big wheel rip! Very impressive.
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Old 2005-02-27, 01:47 AM   #14
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Cool unicycle! The idea of a 1.89:1 ratio is quite exciting. I was fortunate enough to ride Harper's geared 24" uni (1.5:1, so it rode like a Coker). The others in my club (NYUC) who got to try it out always talk about the idea of gearing a 36" wheel. It seems crazy -- so fast!

It looks like you have a small chain running to a tiny axle just below the regular spot for the Coker's axle. Or is that just my imagination?

As for the record, I believe that Guiness Book people only decided to accept records for one-hour distance based on an ungeared 24" unicycle wheel. Achieving 14 miles on a 24" ungeared uni seems impossible to me. If Guiness decided to allow larger wheels OR geared unis (or both), that would be fine with me, but undoubtedly the record would be much higher (and more dangerous -- imagine riding Purple Haze 25 mph for an hour without a UPD! Imagine a 25-mph UPD!!!).

My personal best was riding my regular Coker about 16 miles in an hour during the 2001 Unithon. I know that Christian Hoverath could probably cover something sick like 22 miles in a full hour on an ungeared Coker. In 2003, he and I spoke about the idea of him going for the 24-hour distance record, but I'm not aware if he's pursuing it.

I'd love to try out the Purple Haze if you plan to bring it to the uni convention!!!

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Old 2005-02-27, 02:05 AM   #15
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I've added my photos to Tom Blackwood's gallery:
http://gallery.unicyclist.com/album491
All of my pictures are just variations on the same theme.
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