Cyclists hope to break world record in Erie this weekend

From the Daily Camera

Adam Haid wants to set a world record in Erie this weekend.

The 37-year-old software engineering manager and zealous mountain biker wants to build the longest segment of trail (two miles), in the least amount of time (three hours), with the largest number of volunteers (300). He has even contacted the Guinness Book of World Records to see about getting a listing.

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okay, but why?

Kudos for building new trails, but what constitutes a trail? I can go out in my back yard and hack some branches out of the way and call it a trail. On the other hand, I've been on trail building crews that take an hour to construct a beautiful few yards of trail. Let's not turn this into a competition.

Build it now and fast so no one can say no later

Having dealt with the government a bit in the past on infrastructure items I believe a positive behind this is to get it built, even if crappy, before anyone can prevent it from ever happening.

Imagine to do it right it might cause (guessing) 4x the cost of what ever they are spending this weekend and some tightwad official might think that to do it the right way is to expensive so it never gets done.

I don't think anyone would disagree that doing it the right way is preferred but the right way might not be an option for Erie.