Białystok bike builder dressed as Santa breaks world record for riding tallest cycle
A bicycle builder from Białystok has broken the Guinness world record for riding the world’s tallest ‘rideable’ bicycle.
Dressed as Father Christmas, cult cycle constructor Adam Zdanowicz covered 108-metres on the 7.41-metre bicycle to smash the previous record held since 2013 by a man in California on a 6.15-metre bike.
Completing the challenge, Zdanowicz said: “I felt like I was flying on a magic carpet. It was an exceptional feeling to sail high in the skies. It was unlike anything I have ever done before.”
To break the record, Zdanowicz had to ride the bicycle for at least 100 metres unsupported as a surveyor on site measured the distances and the height of the bicycle accurately.
There were two official witnesses, a policeman and a local government official.
The idea to attempt the feat was born when Białystok City Council gave a local primary school 60 bicycles that had been gathered by the lost property office.
As part of the project ‘Rubbish for Some, Treasure for Others’, they took around 30 of the most damaged bikes to create the one used in the record attempt.
In keeping with the time of year, the bicycle they made took the form of a colourful, illuminated Christmas tree.
After successfully breaking the world record, Zdanowicz then fell off during a later ride and was taken to hospital before being discharged with minor injuries.
The daredevil cyclist later quipped: “Father Christmas went flying off from the bike but he feels fine, he didn’t break anything.”
The record now has to be validated by the Guinness Book Committee.
When he is not breaking world records, Adam Zdanowicz is a world-renowned cult bicycle constructor.
From his MAD Bicycles workshop in Białystok, he has sent custom-designed bicycles to Polish celebrities such as Doda and Zbygniew Hołdys as well as Guns’N’Roses guitarist Slash.
His eye-popping, outside-the-box designs, including a bike made of ice, have won him many accolades.
In 2019, he won a bicycle Oscar at the world bicycle show in Las Vegas.