Handcyclist eyes 24-hour world record

A Pittsburgh man is eyeing the world record for hand cycling over 24 hours. Attila Domos, 48, unofficially broke the record over the weekend in a training attempt, hand cycling 407.7 miles (656.13km) over 24 hours, beating the previous record of 403.8 miles (649.85km) set by German Thomas Lange.

Because there were no officials from Guinness on hand, the record will remain unofficial. However, Domos said he plans an official attempt on the same track in Florida where Lange set the record, with the course even friendlier for the attempt.

“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.”

Domos, who is paralyzed from the waist down, crashed once during the attempt after becoming delirious early in the morning. He also battled a rain storm that left one of the turns partially flooded.

“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. “It’s worth it right now.”