June 6, 2007 It’s been a good few weeks for Human Powered Vehicle fans with Sam Whittingham reclaiming the fastest human record from Fast Freddy Markham by pedalling 53.917 miles in an hour and then Greg Kolodziejzyk setting a new human powered boat record for 24 hours, pedalling 173.76 km. Both are experienced campaigners with Sam now again holding the HPV top speed (an unbelievable 81 mph) record and the endurance (one hour record) the current world HPV record holder for both top speed, at 81mph, and endurance: 53.917 miles covered in 1 hour. For Kolodziejzyk, who set the 24 hour land HPV record at 1046.94 km (650.538 miles) last year, it’s just the start of a new adventure as he begins to prepare for a human powered transatlantic crossing in 2008. If 24 hours is an endurance record, what category does the anticipated 40 day crossing fit into?
New Human Powered Vehicle records on land and water
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Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.All articles by Mike Hanlon