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By Fat Bike on 6233 meters

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PRIMUS-athlete Guido Kunze sets altitude world
record
 
October 16th 2014 at 6:02 PM local time, Guido Kunze from
Muehlhausen (Thuringia) set a new bicycle altitude record.
On the Ojos of the Salado (Chile), the ultra athlete cycled
with his fat bike from the Pacific coast up to 6233 meters,
setting a new benchmark. On the world’s highest volcano, he
went 150 meters higher than Andre Hauschke from
Euskirchen (Germany) in April 2010.
 
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48-year-old Kunze covered a total distance of 342.77 kilometres
in 37 hours 11 minutes and 12 seconds when pedalling from Bahía
Inglesa on the Pacific Coast to the northwest ridge of Ojos del
Salado. The total altitude gain amounted 6899 meters. Kunze
reported by satellite phone: "It was really tough, not only the
altitude but also the brutal winds. Now I am overjoyed. The
detailed and meticulous preparation has been well worth it.
Nobody in our team suffered from altitude sickness and there
were no injuries or damage to the equipment.
 
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During the entire trip Guido Kunze, his support team and the TV
crew were using Primus OmniLite Ti and OmniFuel expedition
stoves as well as fuel-saving pots with Eta-technology. Kunze
commented: “The stoves worked perfectly, no matter whether on
sea level or at high altitude, regardless of heat or icy cold. The Eta
pots helped us to save fuel and cooking was really fast."
 
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Find out more about Guido Kunze’s adventures at www.guidokunze.de/ (in German) and about Primus products at
 
Photos: Christian Habel

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