A Polish cyclist set a new world record for the most steps scaled on a bicycle when he pedaled up an exhausting 3,139 steps in the Taipei 101 Tower in Taiwan on Sunday, according to China Daily. The 33-year-old endurance beast, Krystian Herba, conquered his own world record of 2,919 steps, which he set in 2014 when he ascended the Eureka Tower in Melbourne, Australia.
Herba claimed that this latest effort was the ‘most difficult challenge ever in my life’, citing the fact that the tower’s steps are twice as high as those from previous attempts. The Taipei 101 Tower, standing at 509m, was once the world’s tallest building (it now sits sixth on that list) and is named after the 101 floors it houses.
To complete his mission, Herba first climbed 60 floors, before returning to the bottom via elevator, then pedaled up another grueling 91 floors. The feat was accomplished in two hours and 13 minutes.
This Herculean-effort is the ninth Herba has undertaken, having previously leapt to the top of Shanghai’s World Financial Centre in 2013. The high-school PE teacher’s training consists of repeatedly ascending a 17-story building in Poland, and he enlisted the service of a specialized bike for the task.
While he certainly deserves a hard-earned
beer rest, Herba is already contemplating his next challenge, with his sights set on scaling Chicago’s Willis Tower next year.