We just got word from Guinness World Records that our claim has been denied. Here’s their reason:
Thank you for sending us the details of your recent record attempt for ‘Youngest Person to pedal the length of the
Americas’. We are afraid to say that we are unable to accept this as a Guinness World Record.
Unfortunately, we at Guinness World Records, have decided to rest this record, meaning we have decided to no longer recognise the category as a record, due to the fact that the record would reach an age where a person would no longer be able to break it or attempt (i.e. a two-year old attempting to do it) and as it would become limited under these terms, we choose to to no longer recognise it as a category.
The achievement, however, is an amazing one and we hope you and your family enjoyed it.
Thank you and we wish you the best and hope you understand.
Needless to say, we’re gutted. It just seems so unfair. The boys spent three years pedaling in order to break that record and now Guinness has decided they will no longer honor it.
I honestly feel that my boys should be grandfathered in. When we filed with Guinness World Records back in the spring of 2008 they sent me guidelines outlining what we would need to do and how we needed to document it and how we needed to submit the claim. They never, ever mentioned anything about not recognizing the youngest to do something.
We’re trying to decide what we’ll do – should we appeal and mount an international outcry? Or should we just let it rest, knowing that the boys did it. They know and we know and the whole world knows Davy and Daryl are the youngest to cycle the length of the Americas – is that certificate really that important?
Part of me is screaming out, “HELL YES!” They pedaled 17,300 miles for that record. They deserve to be recognized.
And yet – is it worth the time and effort to challenge it? That I don’t know. The world record was always secondary to our goal of simply doing what we set out to do. We did that.
We’ll take tonight to think about all this and decide what we want to do. If we do decide to challenge it, I’ll let you know what you can do to help. Thank you all for your support.