ElliptiGO Inc., creators of the world’s fastest elliptical cycles, today announced that Dan Waggoner of Fremont, Ohio set a new elliptical cycling record by riding 234.94 miles in 24 hours during the Flatlanders Bicycle Tour on August 19, 2012. The 63-year-old bicycle store owner broke the previous 24-hour record of 232 miles that had been set earlier this year by British athlete, Idai Makaya, in the RIDE24 event at the Goodward Motor Circuit in England.
A lifelong fitness enthusiast, Waggoner trained on the ElliptiGO for more than a year to lose weight and get healthy before setting his sights on the record-breaking ride. “Riding the ElliptiGO played a big part in me losing 30 pounds over the last year,” stated Waggoner. “My cholesterol levels and blood pressure have dropped significantly and I’ve cut my medication amounts in half.”
His successful training led him to complete his first milestone on the ElliptiGO in 2011 by riding 100 miles in one day. After completing that goal, he set his sights on the men’s one-day, 24-hour distance record. “My coworker, JoAnn Wegert, holds the women’s one-day distance record and that got me thinking that maybe I could set the men’s distance record,” stated Waggoner. To set a new record, he would have to better the 232-mile mark set by Idai Makaya just a few months prior.
“I knew it would be a long day, but I was fairly confident that with the support of my crew that I could achieve my goal,” stated Waggoner. He began his ride at 12:04am on the morning of August 19th with a small group of support riders. Over the next 20.5 hours, 17 different support riders would accompany him over nine loops of the course, ending with a new record of 234.94 miles.
“I’m really excited to have set the new one-day record for elliptical cycling,” said Waggoner. “Records are there to challenge us and I’m very pleased to have achieved my goal and to have finished what I set out to do. Now that benchmark is out there for someone else to break.”
ElliptiGO, Inc. is the San Diego-based company that created the world’s first outdoor cross-training device engineered specifically for runners. Combining the best of running, cycling and the elliptical trainer, the ElliptiGO® provides a comfortable, fun and effective way to exercise outdoors. It delivers a high-performance workout experience that closely mimics running outdoors while eliminating the impact. Elliptical cycling is an effective way to build cardiovascular fitness without aggravating injuries and is great for everyone from the weekend warrior to the elite athlete. The full line of ElliptiGOs can be purchased at retailers nationwide and through the company’s website: www.elliptigo.com.