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  Highest and longest bike-ride - Nick Wallenda sets world records

 NEWARK, NJ, USA -- Nik Wallenda walked along 235ft of wire suspended between two cranes when he was an incredible 128ft above street level-setting the world record for the Highest and longest bike-ride.
   Photo: Nik Wallenda, a circus high-wire daredevil and the seventh generation of the Flying Wallendas circus family, finishes up as he pedals a bicycle on a wire 12 stories above the street in Newark, N.J
/AP Photo/Mike Derer (enlarge photo)

The event took place near the Prudential Center arena in Newark, N.J., where Wallenda is performing with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus. Wallenda is a seventh-generation member of a circus family that's gained fame as both "The Flying Wallendas" and "The Great Wallendas."

Wallenda's only grounding during his ride was the 45-pound balancing pole he carried that served as an extension of his arms.
He did it in front of his family, his wife and three children.

 Newark Mayor Cory Booker stood in front of a crowd of more than 400 onlookers who gaped at Wallenda's performance.

   The wire was no thicker than a cigar. He wore shoes, or slippers, specially made by his mother. His father was on the ground below holding tension on the wire. He also was speaking to his son through an earpiece Nik was wearing.

The 29-year-old daredevil 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 to the arena's roof. A set of brackets securing stabilizer 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.

 High-wire walking world record

Wallenda Sets High-Wire Record In Newark Video

    Nik Wallenda's World Record Video

AP: Record Breaking High Wire Act Video
   Friday, October 17, 2008

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