The new world record for the duration of a hands-free wheelie was recently entered into the Guinness Book of Records. The previous record of 89 meters lasted 17 years, until Rohitesh Upadhyay, a stunt rider from Udaipur, India, beat him six times with a 567 meter hands-free wheelie. The record video does not clarify much, and it also captures a few more bizarre records like the fastest cocktail drink, the longest distance a marshmallow marshmallow was thrown and then caught in the mouth, and so on. But a wheelie without arms is still a serious skill!
Willie without hands
Rohitesh is engaged in stunt riding on a sports bike (foreign sources call him a freestyler). It is curious that the attempt itself, pulling the record, was made at the end of 2019, but the record was registered only a couple of weeks ago.
Willie without arms is a trick that Rohitesh did, and is considered one of the most difficult even among stunt riders. The rider needs to raise the front wheel and release the handlebars with both hands, keeping the bike in position from the starting line – and at least to a distance exceeding the previous record of 89 meters. However, Rohitesh managed to close this distance almost six times, having covered 567 meters.
Just how complex this is is borne out by the banal fact that the record has remained unbroken for 17 years. By the way, Rohitesh is the only Indian world record holder to date.
Meanwhile, Rohitesh is also the owner of two world records and one national. He has over a decade of stunt riding under his belt, and his accomplishments speak volumes. In an interview, he stated that “proud of my record to lift India and the city of Udaipur. I trained for years to beat the record and then beat it.”… He also added:
I want people to understand that this is a serious skill and more than just fun. And I want to ask today’s youth not to do this on the roads: it is not only illegal, but also very dangerous for both the rider and other road users.
With the same record, Rohitesh’s name was already in the news last year: he was included in the International Book of Records and the Golden Book of Records. But the entry in the Guinness Book of Records is the greatest achievement. And isn’t it touching how he proudly mentions India, talking about the joy of raising his homeland with his record?