Wheelies don’t come easy for all wheelers, but for those who can pull it off, it’s a sweet trick to pull out at parties. But to ride a wheelie for hours on end? That would require one massive energy drink.
If you went on YouTube right now and searched “longest wheelchair wheelie,” you’d find several people who claim to hold this record. Maybe they did when the video was posted, but not anymore. Take for example this video of Aaron Fotheringham, the badass American daredevil on wheels (he has Spina Bifida).
He went on the Italian TV program “Lo Show Dei Record” a year ago to set the record for the world’s longest wheelie. However, it only lasted 18.22 seconds, so I’m not quite sure how they figured that one out (even Aaron looked unimpressed with himself). It was a side-wheelie, so maybe side-wheelies get their own category? Whatever the case. Check out the video
Then there’s Michael Miller from Wisconsin who broke the Guinness World Record for the longest wheelchair wheelie in 2009. He went a continuous 10.016 miles on his back two wheels. Check it out
And Eliza McIntosh, a teenager from Salt Lake City, ended up beating Michael Miller’s record 2 years after he his. She went 12.388 miles in 3 hours and 51 minutes on Oct. 8th, 2011. Watch her in action (with a crowd cheering behind her)
But none of these folks hold their record any longer. That’s because Junwu Xie of China, a 42 year old man who’s been a paraplegic for 20 years, blew all of their records out of the water in May of 2012. He went a distance of 16.03 miles before finally dropping down on all four wheels. Read his official page for the Guinness Book of World Records
You know, I may have stopped doing wheelies years ago after a scary fall backwards (sometimes you need to respect your limits; I’m okay on all four wheels). But please keep setting these records people. Best. entertainment. ever.
Do you do wheelies? What’s the longest you’ve held a wheelie?