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Turning heads

UPI – An Alaskan cyclist is striving for acknowledgment from Guinness World Records following his achievement of completing a 500-mile bike journey across Iowa, all while cycling in reverse.

Will Walker undertook this remarkable feat as part of the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, joining around 30,000 fellow cyclists. However, Walker stood out as the sole participant who opted to perch on his handlebars, steering by looking over his shoulder during the ride.

Walker said he first started using the unusual cycling method about a decade ago.

“I was just sitting with my buddies, I was sitting just like this talking to them and I just decided (to see) if I can ride like this,” he told KTUU. “Now I’m starting to do events and I’m getting recognised all over the world for it.”

Walker submitted evidence from his ride to Guinness World Records to see if he can capture the record for longest distance cycling backward. The current record was set at 209.77 miles by Australian Andrew Hellinga in 2013.