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Cyclist conquers world's 5th tallest building by riding up skyscraper's stairs - all 2,754 of them (+ video)

Lots of small steps for a cyclist, one giant leap to a new Guinness World Record

A cyclist from Poland is believed to have beaten his own Guinness World Record by riding up 2,754 steps to reach the 100th-floor observation deck of the world’s fifth tallest building in Shanghai, China. Krystian Herba’s previous record was 2,040 steps, set last year at the 2012 at the Rose Rayhaan hotel in Dubai.

It took the 32-year-old 1 hour, 21 minutes and 53 seconds to complete his latest feat, achieved on a trials bike [the brand Genesis appears to be an Austrian one, rather than the British one of the same name], with no saddle to rest on and the rider not allowed to touch the stairs – which he climbed at an average rate of one every 1.8 seconds, give or take – with his hands or feet.

One member of Herba’s support team filmed the Guinness World Record attempt for verification purposes – the video will now be sent through with appropriate documentation – while another was on hand to supply the rider with water, check his pulse, and keep the time.

Video credit: Piotr Kłeczek

When it was completed in 2008, the Shanghai World Financial Centre, also known as the Pudong Tower, was the world’s second tallest building, but its height has since been surpassed by three others.

China.org.cn says that Herba, who is a PE teacher in his day job and also has a sideline in stunt riding, describes his motivation as the "strength and desire to be better and faster, and to overcome, not only another record, but also weaknesses."

When it was completed in 2008, the Shanghai World Financial Centre, also known as the Pudong Tower, was the world’s second tallest building, but its height has since been surpassed by three others, giving Herba further targets to aim for.

"It is like asking a Himalayan climber why he is going to the mountains if he can simply stay at home," he explained.

The list of skyscrapers previously conquered by Herba, according to his website, is:

- 30.01.2012 - Rose Rayhaan by Rotana - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

- the highest hotel in the world

91 floors, 2040 stairs, time: 1 h 13 min 41 sec. - GUINNESS WORLD RECORD

- 05.11.2011- MesseTurm - Frankfurt, Germany

- according to the number of floors the highest building in Europe

61 floors, 1212 stairs, time: 27 min 04 sec.

- 16.02.2011- Gran Hotel Bali - Benidorm, Spain

- the highest hotel in Europe

52 floors, 921 stairs, time: 19 min 27 sec

- 02.10.2010- Millennium Tower - Vienna, Austria

- the highest building in Austria

48 floors, 818 stairs, time: 18 min 09 sec

- 05.06.2011- Altus - Katowice, Poland

46 floors, 908 stairs, time: 23 min 57 sec

- 06.02.2010- InterContinental - Warsaw, Poland

- the highest building in Poland according to the number of floors

44 floors, 859 stairs, time: 26 min 09 sec

- 26.05.2009 - Palace of Culture and Science - Warsaw, Poland

- the highest building in Poland

30 floors, 785 stairs, time: 19 min 15 sec

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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