To a world record holder, cycling is an art.
Anthony Hoyte, a British cyclist known as the ‘Pedal Picasso’, broke a Guinness world record for the largest continuous GPS track by a bicycle in 12 hours. Hoyte created a portrait of a man with a mustache while cycling a total of 66.48 miles through the streets of London. He used a GPS tracking app to create the portrait. He finished the portrait in eight and a half hours.
Hoyte said the image was in honor of Moving house, which encourages men to grow mustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, including suicide prevention. The portrait, named “Mr. Movember”, was his 19th GPS drawing.
When deciding on the image of his ride, Hoyte said Guinness he looks for patterns on maps and says it’s similar to finding shapes in clouds.
“For this one, I knew I was trying to find a face, and two things jumped out at me: Park Lane for the nose and the curve of the Thames for the cleavage,” Hoyte said. “Once I understood everything, I used Google to verify that the various roads and crossroads were actually navigable. The drawing went through a few parks, so I had to make sure I walked through them before they closed. I find that I always have to back up quite a bit and cross certain roads more than once, so it’s quite a headache. “
He said the event generally went smoothly, although he faced a few crowd problems and road closures.
“Fortunately, the key parts – the eyes, nose, mouth and spots – went as planned,” Hoyte said. “There were a few other issues towards the end – including the crowds at the Portobello Road market – but I was less concerned about that as hair shape is not critical.”
Hoyte said he will continue to ride a bike and already has his next task in mind. He has already made the portraits of a snowman, a cat, Santa Claus, a reindeer, and others.
Since 2003, Movember has funded more than 1,250 men’s health projects, according to its website.
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