Monday, March 18, 2013

Extreme cyclist bounces to top of skyscraper

Most people would take the express lift to reach the top of a skyscraper. Not Krystian Herba. He took the stairs – all 2,754 of them.

And he didn’t just walk up the Shanghai World Financial Center but cycled up – on a bike with no saddle.

The Polish extreme cyclist rode up to the steel and glass tower’s observatory, on the 100th floor, in 1hr, 21min and 51sec.

The rather odd achievement, made without once touching the ground with his feet, won him a Guinness World Record.

In doing so, Mr Herba broke his own record which he set in January 2012 when he guided his bike up the 2,040 steps of one of the world’s tallest hotels, the 72-storey Rose Tower in Dubai.

He accomplished that in 1hr, 13min and 41sec.

The 31-year-old Pole has taken on a host of tall buildings, including some of the highest skyscrapers in Poland, Austria and Germany, in his niche sport many people may have been unaware even existed.

But it requires extreme strength, endurance and balance to negotiate narrow stairwells and tight corners… floor after floor.

There are plenty of challenges still to conquer.

The world’s tallest building, the 828m (2,716ft) Burj Khalifa in Dubai with its 163 storeys, awaits.


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