This is a good test for FirstGear or, for that matter, any type of apparel.
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Reese Sets Record Wearing FirstGear
Fort Worth, TX (April 19, 2017) – If you’re going to break The Guinness Book of World Records for “Greatest Distance in 24 hours on a Motorcycle (individual) on a track” then you might as well test out a riding suit while doing it. That’s exactly what 47-year-old endurance driver Carl Reese did as he set the new record on Feburary 25, 2017.
FirstGear provided Reese with a prototype suit that is currently in development for a future release during his record-setting attempt. Reese wore the suit to help prove the comfort of riding in one in varying weather conditions during his record breaking run. The closed track saw overnight temperatures of 39 degrees Fahrenheit with daytime temperatures reaching 77 degrees. He also faced wind gusts on the track around 18 mph.
“We set out to provide Carl with a suit that would meet his needs and keep him comfortable during this attempt,” said Jeffery Boaz, Brand Manager for FirstGear. “He gave us some great feedback on how the suit worked and we are very excited to continue our partnership with him as he continues to break records. We are very proud of everything he has accomplished.”
Reese’s record attempt was done at the 8.5 mile closed track, Continental Tire Proving Grounds in Uvalde, Texas. He broke the existing record of 2023.5 miles by going a total of 2,119 miles in less than a 24-hour period. His official average speed was recorded at 88.3 mph. Most of the attempt occurred in the dark as the track doesn’t have nighttime lighting. Reese’s event was to bring awareness to combat veterans’ charity Motorcycle Relief Project, which takes veterans suffering from PTSD and other injuries on 5-day therapeutic motorcycle rides.
Over the last two years, Reese has set nine world records in various categories, the most well-known being the record he set for the fastest motorcycle time between Los Angeles, California, and New York, New York, at 38 hours and 49 minutes on a motorcycle. He also set the record of riding a motorcycle from the closest point on Earth to the sun to an elevation at sea-level in a single day by traveling Chimbaorazo Mountain in Ecuador, also wearing FirstGear during that trip.