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Congratulations to Ryder Hesjedal! (and VeloPress was ahead of the curve...)

Yesterday, Canada's Ryder Hesjedal became the first Canadian ever to win one of the cycling world's main events, a Grand Tour. Congratulations to Ryder and his Garmin-Barracuda teammates (and to their bike supplier, Canadian performance bike manufacturer Cervelo) on their historic win! Endurance sports publisher VeloPress was already prepared for a breakout performance from this team, having published Argyle Armada (ISBN 9781934030813) in March 2012, in time for all the big races. Argyle Armada, named after the pattern on the team's most recognizable jersey and bib, is a portrait of life as a member of a top pro cycling team during the grueling European season. Photographer Mark Johnson was given unprecedented access to the team for all three Grand Tour races in 2011. His pictures unveil the dramatic forces that Garmin-Barracuda (formerly Garmin-Cervélo) navigated through during the 2011 Giro d'Italia, Tour de France, Vuelta a Espana and more. In Argyle Armada you'll meet the riders, see the bikes and begin to understand the challenges they all faced in reaching the podium in Italy this past weekend.

And don't forget, with a copy of Argyle Armada on your shelf, you'll be able to show your friends (and competitors!) that you were already on-board with the team before Garmin-Barracuda's first big win!

Women are Heroes

ISBN: 9781419703331 Publisher: Abrams CAD $45.00

Women are Heroes  is an extraordinary book. In order to share the stories of women struggling in their everyday lives, French artist JR went on a journey. He travelled to places like Sierra Leone, Liberia, Sudan, Kenya, Brazil, India and Cambodia to seek these women out. This was a global project with the end goal of taking the stories of struggling women, and spreading them around the world through his art. He accomplished this by pasting mural sized portraits on the sides of buildings, on trains, and on bridges to bring a "haunting human presence to harsh environments of social conflict".

This beautifully illustrated book will inspire you, and others around the world.

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CN Tower's EdgeWalk Claims Guinness World Record!

It was my great pleasure to formally deliver to Jack Robinson, COO of the the CN Tower, a certificate acknowledging the EdgeWalk as the World's highest external walk on a building.  The EdgeWalk measures 1,167.97 feet, or 356 metres high, and participants experience a walk on a 5 foot wide platform around the entire building.  It is another amazing example of the CN Tower pushing the envelope of what is possible and into the realm of Guinness World Record territory.  And for me, what a thrill to be able to present the certificate, (which was securely harnassed to my jumpsuit), to Jack Robinson on the actual platform itself!!

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Guinness World Records 2012 Available Now!

The 2012 edition of Guinness World Records is now available everywhere books are sold! Highlights include Most Dogs Skipping, Biggest Afro, Tightest Parallel Park, updated new records on classics like Longest Fingernails, and over 4000 more. In addition to 900 eye-popping photos, this year's edition offers hidden augmented reality technology: see the pictures come alive! Visit the GWR website for more details and a sneak peek...

Patrick Chan Receives Three Guinness World Records!

Patrick Chan was officially recognized by Guinness World Records yesterday as he accepted three Guinness World Records for his record breaking achievement of best score in the short, long and overall performance at the most recent World Figure Skating Championship in Moscow, Russia.  Guinness World Record Adjudicator, Amanda Mochan, put it best.  "Patrick truly embodies the ultimate in what Guinness World Records stands for, which is that hard work, focus, passion and determination can help you achieve your dreams, no matter what they might be." It is a huge accomplishment!!  Congratulations Patrick!!

 

Guinness World Records: Drummer Raises Money for Cancer

Donations have been pouring in from supporters as Steve Gaul of Burlington Ontario drums his way to an ambitious $100,000 goal, and hopefully a new Guinness World Record.  Steve is raising money for Cancer, one beat at a time.

For more on Steve Gaul and his inspiring story, you can check out the full story at The Toronto Star, or to watch a live stream of the attempt please visist www.thescore.com or click on the flash player above.

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And the new Guinness World Record for duct taping a person to a wall goes to...

Guinness World Record for the Fastest Time to Duct Tape a Person to a WallThat's right folks, we did it! On Guinness World Records Day, November 18, 2010, we set a time of 57.25 seconds for duct taping a person to a wall, which obliterates the previous record of 1:33! The record has been approved by Guinness! We were very surprised that we were able to beat the record in spite of my beer gut, and even more surprised that it was made official. In fact, we were so surprised that we've set up a brand new website to document our failed test runs and genius/insane "five-strip" taping strategy. Visit Walltaper.com today!

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Our Guinness World Record Attempt: Duct Taping a Person to a Wall

Guinness World Records 2011 Today is the day! Anthony and Chris will be taking turns duct taping me to a wall in an effort to beat the current record time of one minute and thirty-three seconds. The time limit is for the actual act of taping, after which I must stick to the wall for one minute.

We've had a number of test runs, and suffice it to say, we are going to destroy the current record. We have come up with a five-strip strategy with which we have enjoyed fairly consistent success. We are pumped.

I'll be putting together a video documenting our attempt along with some hilarious, armpit-chafing test runs, made all the more silly by the fact that we are all sporting bad moustaches.

Speaking of which, if you'd like to show your appreciation, please donate a few bucks to our Movember campaign.

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Want to be a Guinness World Record Holder?

If so, meet me and hundreds of others this Saturday, November 6th, at 11:30 at the Toronto Zoo.  Check out their website and click on the Yo-Yo for the Do-Do link to give you all the information you need to participate, as well as informatoin on the reduced entry fees, and for all participants, a free yo-yo.   The Guinness World Record attempt is being spurred on by the Zoo's initiative to raise money and awareness of endangered animals, so not only will it be good fun, but you will also be supporting efforts to help endangered animlas and their habitats.

The Long Walk - soon to be a blockbuster Hollywood Movie - The Way Back

This book has been around for decades, but I just discovered it as Globe Pequot Press is re-issuing it in anticipation of the soon to be released Hollywood adaptation as The Way Back.  What an incredible journey and what an incredible story!  In 1941 six men escape from a Soviet Prison camp situated in Siberia very near to the artic circle.  If that wasn't enough, they walk to India with an axe, a knife and a conviction to escape their undeserved prison sentence and have a chance at freedom.  If you thought Into Thin Air was riveting, wait till you read what these men endure to ensure their freedom.  This is a MUST-READ and I cannot recommend it enough.