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Video: Polish cyclist breaks own world record - climbing 3,000 steps in a skyscraper

Krystian Herba ascends Taipei 101 tower in Taiwan - next stop Chicago

A Polish cyclist has broken his own Guinness World Record for climbing steps on a bike, bunny-hopping his way up 3,139 of them inside the Taipei 101 tower, until 2010 the world’s tallest building.

Krystian Herba, aged 33, took 2 hours 13 minutes to achieve the feat, breaking his own benchmark of 2,919 steps, set in Melbourne in February 2014.

"This was absolutely the most difficult challenge ever in my life, but definitely this is my biggest success," Herba said afterwards, reports

"The first 50 floors I did not feel strong enough, I felt stressed a little bit. But after that, I felt stronger."

The cyclist rode up 60 floors of the 101-storey building before taking a lift back down to ground level – permitted by the rules, although he had to stay on his bike and couldn’t let any part of his body touch the ground or walls – before heading back up to complete his effort.

Herba has ridden up many of the world’s best known skyscrapers and next year heads to Chicago to tackle the Willis Tower, better known by its former name, the Sears Tower.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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