SAN DIEGO, CA (August 21, 2015) — Six ElliptiGO bike riders became the first athletes to complete the 1230-kilometer (764-mile) Paris-Brest-Paris Randonneur (“P-B-P”) cycling event on elliptical bikes, according to ElliptiGO Inc. Accomplished ultra-distance cyclist Idai Makaya was the first finisher among the group, establishing the P-B-P record for elliptical bikes at 83 hours and 38 minutes.
“While I am honored to be the first ElliptiGO bike rider to finish P-B-P, all six members of our team who completed the challenge within the 90-hour time limit delivered heroic performances this week,” said Makaya, leader of the ElliptiGO Ultra-Endurance Team. “While we endured the same stiff winds, high heat and sleepless nights as all the other riders, doing so on an elliptical bike takes the challenge to another level.”
Bryan Pate, CEO of ElliptiGO Inc., creators of the world’s first elliptical bicycle, was thrilled that so many members of the ElliptiGO Ultra-Endurance Team completed P-B-P. “Last year, when our customers started talking about attempting the P-B-P I was apprehensive because it sounded impossible to me. Over the past 18 months more than a dozen different ElliptiGO owners took on some of the most challenging ultra-distance rides in the world and convinced me that P-B-P was not out of their reach,” Pate said. “To have six of our eight qualifying riders complete P-B-P on their first try tangibly demonstrates the enthusiasm and dedication of our customers as well as the capability of the elliptical bike.”
An elliptical bike combines the propulsion motion of running with the two-wheeled form of a bicycle. Consequently, it attracts riders from diverse backgrounds. The six ElliptiGO riders who completed Paris-Brest-Paris 2015 were:
Paris-Brest-Paris, founded in 1891, is one of the world’s oldest, largest and most prestigious cycling events. It takes place once every four years. To qualify for Paris-Brest-Paris, riders must first complete a set of qualifying rides, known as brevets, of 200km, 300km, 400km and 600km within a strict (and challenging) time limit. The event began Aug. 16 and had a strict time limit of 90 hours for successful completion. For more information about Paris-Brest-Paris, visit their website.