Ride away: Records broken at Ride Without LimitsPublished 9:19pm Monday, October 7, 2013
Two Beaufort County residents broke world records at this weekend’s Easter Seals/UCP Ride Without Limits cycling fundraiser.
Alvin Maxwell and Jill Paxson set out to break previously held records on ElliptiGO bikes — the stand-up two-wheeled cycles a variation on the traditional bicycles. Paxson broke her own women’s record of 183 continuous miles by cycling 207.4 miles, while Maxwell broke previous men’s record of 250 miles, by riding 320 miles in one 24-hour shot.
Maxwell and Paxson started from the Washington waterfront with the Ride Without Limits cyclists at 8 a.m. Saturday morning, riding the 112-mile loop set up for the event. Maxwell finished the loop in 8 hours; Paxson in 10, and from there they rode a continuous 15-mile loop from the waterfront down River Road throughout the night.
“It was pretty challenging,” Maxwell said.
Paxson described her total 16-hour ride as physically and mentally challenging.
“I knew I was going to be riding for 24 hours, so I was conservative,” Paxson said, adding that she took breaks at the available rest stops and managed to sleep an hour. “Nobody rode with me for the most part, so you find entertainment in the simplest of things when you’re by yourself for that long.”
Along with Maxwell and Paxson, their team — Team ElliptiGO — raised a total of $2,200 for Easter Seals/UCP. In the wake of their world records, Maxwell and Paxson are moving on to other extreme adventures: the next, a 12-person, 200-mile relay race from Raleigh to Atlantic Beach on Oct. 18.
Another highlight of the weekend was the launch of the ride from Raleigh on Friday by five cyclists: Jim Krug, Jim Casper and his 13-year-old son Alex Casper, Ryan Hayden and Scott Winter. The Caspers and Hayden each rounded out the weekend with a tally of 338 total miles ridden across eastern North Carolina.
Accord to Patrick Curran, Ride Without Limits’ organizer, at last count the cycling event raised over $142,000 for the nonprofit that provides support services for people with disabilities. Ride Without Limits moved its event to Washington this year to expand the ride and take advantage of the scenic country roads and flat roadways.
“We heard from a lot of riders that they enjoyed the scenery along the route and are planning on coming back,” Curran said.
Curran said community support was great: from volunteers, riders, businesses that took part in the weekend-long fundraiser.