Two Asheville cyclists will compete at UCI Track Cycling World Championships

Two Asheville cyclists will compete at UCI Track Cycling World Championships

Two WNC cyclists will participate in the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Berlin beginning Feb. 26. Lily Williams, 25, and Adrian Hegyvary, 36, will both represent the United States at the event. Williams will participate on the team pursuit squad, an event where all teammates are on the track at the same time.  Hegyvary will compete in a two-person team event called the Madison, which the Citizen Times says is the longest and one of the fastest and most grueling of all track events in which riders take 200 laps around the track in less than an hour. 

Both cyclists hope that a good showing in Berlin will earn them spots at the Tokyo Olympics in May.

Trail runner crawls for eight hours to find help after breaking leg on trail

A trail runner in Olympic National Park crawled for nearly eight hours after injuring his leg on a run. Joseph Oldendorf was about 10 miles from the trailhead when he broke his leg after slipping on ice. With no cell phone service and temperatures below freezing, Oldendorf knew his only chance at survival was to crawl to safety. 

Oldendorf eventually crawled to an area with cell phone reception, called 911, and kept crawling, CNN reports. He told the press he feared that if he stopped to wait for rescuers he would die. 

Man planks for over 8 hours, setting world record

George Hood, 62, reclaimed a Guinness World Record he previously held for longest time spent in a plank position. Hood, a former Marine, first set the record in 2011 with a time of 1 hour, 20 minutes and 25 seconds, according to a press release. His new record, 8 hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds beat out Mao Weidong’s record set in 2016. 

Hood trained nearly seven hours a day for 18 months to prepare for his world record. “I’ve taken the plank as far as I can take it,” he told USA TODAY. 

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