TIM REESE / treese@sacbee.com

Riders travel the Davis event route Sunday as they try to set a record for the longest single line of bicycles.

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Davis effort to break single-file bike record lands in second place

Published: Monday, Oct. 3, 2011 - 12:00 am | Page 1B
Last Modified: Monday, Oct. 3, 2011 - 7:48 am

The city of Davis now holds both first and second place in the record books for the "longest single line of bicycles."

In June, the Davis Odd Fellows group announced it would organize an effort to beat its Guinness World Record of 916 bikes riding in a single line.

On Sunday morning, with Davis Mayor Joe Krovoza leading the way, the parade launched in front of the Odd Fellows Hall at 415 Second St.

The bicyclists traversed a four-mile course that doubled back twice on city streets. The streets were closed off to motor vehicle traffic. It took about an hour for riders to complete the course.

By 11:30 a.m. the final riders had crossed the finish line and headed to nearby Central Park for a festival. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Davis Schools Foundation.

Preliminary results showed that 689 bikes crossed the finish line, short of the previous effort.

"We would have liked to have broken the record, but we had a lot of fun," said Dave Rosenberg, an Odd Fellows member. "We had a good turnout, almost 700 people in the parade; we elevated the character of the bicycle, which is our purpose as the bike capital of the world, and we are going to raise a lot of money for the Davis schools."

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