Anthony Hoyte, Pedaling Picasso breaks the record being the giant GPS art ever made!


Anthony Hoyte, perfectly named “Pedalling Picasso” is a UK citizen who has broken the world record for drawing the biggest GPS illustration ever made. He often creates huge GPS drawings using a GPS device by strolling around different routes and regions on his bicycle. The collection of images that he has pedaled to create is of cats, reindeer, snowmen, ducks, and many more. 

What’s the story?

His record breaker is a portrait of a man with a horseshoe mustache. It is rightly dubbed as Mr. Movember as he embarked on the journey on 13 November 2021. He ended up finishing the portrait in eight and a half hours. The portrait is humongous as it is outlined across London by covering the breakthrough record of 107 km in just 12 hours.  

Anthony’s efforts in creating this 19th  portrait are greatly appreciable. Because his intention was set on raising awareness as well as funds for Movember. “Movember,” a 30-day period during which one grows out facial hair, is intended to increase awareness of cancer. In order to promote causes relating to men’s health, such as mental health and suicide prevention, Movember urges men to grow mustaches. Mr. Movember was hugely welcomed by the people. It helped Anthony Hoyte to receive donations from people whom he even doesn’t know.  

Anthony has to pull out all the stops to create his perfect-looking portrait. Because he had to encounter many hurdles along the way. There were road closures and there were crowds at Portobello Road Market. So he had to decide on moving about without paying attention to what would be the end result. But thankfully it didn’t make any difference as the shape of the hair wasn’t critical. And those were critical including his eye, nose, mouth, and tache came out perfectly as planned. 

Then what?

Anthony meticulously reviews the specifics of the trip on paper and online maps before settling on a course and leaving, looking for shapes that he can capture. This time, while he perused the maps, he paid particular attention to forming a face. To his amazement, two places appeared, forming the ideal alignment for the neckline (curve of Thames) and nose (Park Lane). Later, he used Google Maps to choose the routes and ensure that they could be followed. 

Despite all the hurdles and difficulties he had to go through, he is extremely satisfied with the outcome of the portrait. And this time it became possible through the exercise tracker Strava. Even though he is pretty much exhausted from his recent endeavor, he is not ready to take a rest. We can assume that he is already planning another one as he says, “I tend to have one in the planning stages most of the time, so stay tuned! I may even come up with one to beat my own record.”

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