Los Angeles, CA – Professional endurance driver Carl Reese of Santa Clarita, California and Sebastian Montero of Quito, Ecuador set a new world record for riding on motorcycles from the closest point on Earth to the sun to an elevation at sea-level in a single day. After President of Ecuador Rafael Correa and Minister of the Interior of Ecuador José Serrano tweeted about Reese’s eighth world record attempt, the posts became the top tweets in South America. Reese and Montero reached a gain/loss in elevation of 56,678 feet during their endeavor.
Ecuador is the only place on Earth where Reese and Montero’s world record can be accomplished, as the country is home to Chimborazo, the highest mountain in Ecuador. While Chimborazo (20,548 feet) is not the highest mountain by elevation above sea-level in the world, its location along the equatorial bulge makes its summit the closest point on Earth’s surface to the sun. Although Chimborazo is typically off-limits to motorcycles due to the remoteness of the mountain in the case of an emergency, Minister Serrano granted Reese and his team special access to the natural wonder.
Before daybreak, the record-setting team rallied at Gas Motors in Cumbayá (Quito) where Minister Serrano presided over the world record attempt’s opening ceremonies. With the street lined for two blocks with uniformed officers, a marching band played as Reese and Montero were led by a national police motorcade to the starting line atop Chimborazo.
Twelve hours before the planned departure, misfortune set in. Reese became ill and severely dehydrated, prompting the suggestion that Montero ride alongside Reese to keep an eye on his condition while riding in the thin, mountain air. The two became fast friends as they maneuvered their motorcycles along jagged cloud-forest peaks and hairpin bends, traveling from the snow capped Andes through a lush, green, tropical landscape to the finish line near the Pacific Ocean.
Although the day was fraught with challenges, the men formed a tight team and faced each problem head-on. Despite obstacles, delays and the great distance to the finish line, the men completed their journey in just 17 hours, finishing at 10:22 pm – only two hours later than expected. “Turning back was not an option. If I can stand, I will ride” said Reese. “I would have pushed the motorcycle the last 85 miles if I needed to.”
Reese and Montero embarked on this record-setting ride to bring awareness to the Coalition of Hope Foundation’s efforts to rebuild Ecuador after the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake this past April. On a tour, led by Minister Serrano’s staff, Reese witnessed and learned about the heart breaking aftermath of the earthquake, including the loss of over 650 lives and 26,000 homes.
“Seeing the destruction that the earthquake caused was an emotionally overwhelming experience,” says Reese. “The challenge of setting endurance records is nothing compared to what the people of this region have had to endure during this rebuilding process. All the people from Ecuador who I have talked to have managed to stay positive despite the grief surrounding them and that is truly inspiring.”
In addition to bringing attention to the Ecuadorian earthquake victims in need, this record attempt was an effort to increase awareness of the Motorcycle Relief Project, a 501.3 (c) charity that provides relief to combat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and other injuries. Reese and his fiancé, Deena Mastracci, have set multiple transcontinental records to bring awareness to the Motorcycle Relief Project.
As in his previous world record attempts, Reese carried an American flag gifted to him by retired veteran and friend, SFC Rod Hawk, for good luck. The flag originally flew in Iraq and was presented to Hawk for his accomplishments during the war. Reese, who has also served in the army, said “I carry the flag as a reminder of the Motorcycle Relief Project, a major reason why I set these endurance records.”
Reese used FirstGear-USA®’s Adventure Mesh Jacket, Kilimanjaro Pants and Vented Low Boots to keep himself comfortable and protected from the extreme weather changes during the descent from the top of the snowy Andes Mountains, through the humid jungle, to the cool evening weather along Ecuador’s coast.
The trip was captured on film by Brad Barker, of Epic Nomad Productions, and will be featured on Barker’s YouTube channel, “The Ride of My Life.” Barker is an Emmy Award-winning producer based in southern California who has worked on Discovery Channel®, History Channel® and several documentaries. Barker was instrumental in putting this project together.
The 2016 BMW 1200 GS that Reese rode was on loan from a member of Brosters Group – BMW Motorrad Club Ecuador, Dr. Sergio Vallejo Rojas.
A live map of the ride was provided on CarlReese.net by GPS Insight, as was the telemetry equipment used on the journey. GPS Insight is the leading technology provider of GPS tracking software for businesses with vehicles and other mobile assets. The team will submit their telemetry equipment to Guinness World Records for further verification.
The route taken by Reese and his team was formulated in collaboration with Minister Serrano, Barker and Freedom Bike Rental of Ecuador.
Brosters Group – BMW Motorrad Club Ecuador, provided pre-trip logistics coordination and on-road support for the team throughout the day.
Trip photos and video footage from the record-breaking journey are available to members of the media upon request. For more information about this trip and future expeditions, follow Reese’s Twitter account, @EnduranceDriver. Please direct all media inquiries to Shannon Cooper.
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