Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Squirrel Hill Resident Eyes Hand Cycling World Record

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Squirrel Hill Resident Eyes Hand Cycling World Record

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Attila Domos started rolling at noon on Saturday.

He kept rolling while most of Pittsburgh was asleep Saturday night.

When the city woke up Sunday morning, he was still going.

The 48-year-old from Squirrel Hill made a full test run over the weekend as he trains to break the world record for the farthest distance traveled in 24 hours using a hand-cranked cycle. If it was official, Mr. Domos, who's paralyzed from the waist down, would now hold the record.

"I'll tell you what, I'm going to be in a lot of pain for the next couple of days," he said shortly after finishing Sunday. "It's worth it right now."

Mr. Domos cranked himself 407.7 miles at the Bud Harris Cycling Track on Washington Boulevard in Highland Park, an unofficial record as there was no Guinness World Records representative in attendance. Thomas Lange of Germany holds the official world record for distance in 24 hours at 403.8 miles, which he attained in Sebring, Fla., in 2009, according to Guinness.

Mr. Domos plans on eventually going to the track where the previous record was set in Sebring to officially take the record. It will be even easier for him there, he says, because that track is flat, whereas the Bud Harris track has banked corners and a hill that needs to be scaled every time around.

"I'll have to go down there to make it official," he said. "But the nice thing about that is I won't have to climb a hill every half-mile."

The sloped turns and the hill were just two of the obstacles facing Mr. Domos while he took his test run. It rained - quite heavily at least at one point Sunday morning - and the track became hard to see after dark. …

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