Saturday 16 December 2017

On yer bike! Polish cyclist breaks his own world record

As extreme sports go, cycling up 3,139 steps of the tallest building in Taiwan ranks as one of the most punishing.

But Krystian Herba, the Polish cyclist who set a world record when he cycled up 2,919 steps in Melbourne last year, practised by going up a 17-story building in Rzeszow several times a day for six months. The record-breaker, who cycled up 152 floors, says he found the first 50 floors the most demanding. His original target was 3000 steps but as he began to feel stronger he pushed on for another 139 steps.

Herba (33) is now targeting the world's tallest building, the 828m Burj Khalifa in Dubai. It took him 2 hours 13 minutes to climb Taipei 101.

Meanwhile, Kurt Searvogel, in America, and Steve Abraham, in England, are attempting to break the record of 75,065 miles cycled in a year set by Tommy Godwin in 1939.


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