Guido Kunze world record
No one has been higher: extreme sportsman Guido Kunze has set a new world altitude record with his Pinion bike. He rode his fatbike with the Pinion P1.18 transmission from the Chilean Pacific coast to the northwest crest of the Nevado Ojos del Salado, the highest volcano in the world. On the 16 October Guido reached the new record altitude of 6233 metres above sea level. It took him 37 hours, 11 minutes and 12 seconds to cover the 343 kilometres from sea level to the 6899-metre altitude.
The record trip was the greatest challenge of his life for Guido: thin air, steep climbs over loose surfaces at wind speeds up to 130 km/h were some of the obstacles he had to overcome. The Pinion P1.18 helped Guido meet all his challenges. He could always maintain the right pedalling frequency with the closely meshed 18 gears and the centre of gravity of the Pinion fatbike kept him balanced and safe.
Guido is familiar with breaking records: the 48-year-old Thuringian has previously ridden 4200 kilometres non-stop through Australia and mastered the Tour de France in one stage. He was also successful in the legendary Race across America. However, Guido is not a full-time professional: he works Monday to Friday in his sports shop, the “”Laufladen Zwei G”” in his home of Mühlhausen. He was back selling running shoes, bicycles and triathlon equipment three days after his world record.