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Nic Wallenda Sets World Record For Highest/Longest Bike Ride

Posted in Bizarre, Human Powered Vehicles, Newsworthy, Stunts, Traffic, Travel, Videos by Suzanne Denbow | October 16th, 2008 | Leave a Reply |

In Newark, New Jersey, Nik Wallenda broke the Guinness World Record yesterday for longest and highest bicycle ride successfully completed without a net. 235 feet across and roughly 13 stories up, Wallenda’s high-wire ride was partly publicity stunt, designed to drum up enthusiasm for Walledna’s upcoming performance with the Flying Wallendas at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s circus later this month.

Covered extensively by the Today Show’s witty commentariat, my favorite part of the footage occurs when the on-the-ground reporter struggles to be heard over the drone of the helicopter circling overhead as he attempts to explain somberly “The greatest concern now…is just the slightest gust of wind [could] catch him off guard here…” FAIL.

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