Bike rider sets high-wire record

A daredevil circus acrobat has set a new world record for cycling along a high wire.

Nik Wallenda slowly pedalled 235 feet between a crane and a skyscraper in Newark, New Jersey yesterday.

The ride, 135 feet above the ground, set a world record for the longest bicycle passage on a wire without a safety net.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who fought to get Wallenda permission for the stunt, was among the onlookers.

“We’re doing everything we can to lift the city and it would have been tragic if he had fallen,” he said.

Wallenda ,29, said he ran into several unscripted challenges, which included the rear rim on his tireless bicycle slipping toward the end of the ride as the wire angled upward.

A set of brackets securing stabiliser wires to the main cable were too thick and also caused problems for him.

“They were like speed bumps,” said Wallenda, who hopes to set another record by traversing the Grand Canyon on a high wire next year.


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