Over the course of 22 days, Arvid Loewen will need to cycle well over 400 km a day to break a Guinness World Record for the second summer in a row.
Loewen will be getting on his bike around 5:00 am on June 28 to begin his attempt to break the record for the fastest time cycling 10,000 km.
"I'm feeling okay. I've done a lot of work to prepare," says Loewen a day before the big event.
Loewen is turning 65 years old this year and yet this event will be even more physically and mentally challenging than last year's event. Over the month of July in 2020, Loewen cycled every day and took the Guinness World Record for the farthest distance cycled within 30 days.
"Last year I rode 387 km per day and managed to get five hours of actual sleep. This year I have to ride an extra 55 km a day on average."
The grandfather to 11 attempted this 10,000 km ride once before in 2014 and stopped halfway through.
"The record is held by Guus Moonen from the Netherlands. I would need to cycle 442 km a day to tie the record. If all goes well, I'll finish somewhere around 11:00 pm each day. Then into the shower, some food, and hopefully a solid four hours of sleep and then the whole process starts again in the morning."
To beat the previous record, Loewen will be cycling 22 days straight on the same schedule.
"It's a huge physical demand but it's also a very big mental demand as well. But for me, I have a reason and that is to be an ambassador for kids that have it much more difficult than I ever do."
Loewen's hope over the next few weeks is to raise $300,000 total, which will provide 600,000 meals for orphans being taken care of in Kenya at Mully Children's Family. People who would like to can donate on Loewen's website.
"If people want to pray for me, please pray for mental and spiritual strength."
As with any Guinness World Record Attempt, Loewen will have an interchanging support crew at his home base, monitoring and marking all his laps. He will be biking up and down Henderson Hwy (just North of Winnipeg) because of COVID restrictions, just like last year.
"It's a 27 km loop. Anyone is more than welcome to stop by there and say hi. I will warn everybody, but I basically will not stop for anybody, maybe our grandkids, but that's it."