Michael Mooney again attempted to set a Guinness World Record on Sunday at the Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival with a harrowing ride on a four-story-tall bicycle.
As hundreds of festivalgoers cheered him on, the 38-year-old Mooney mounted the bicycle. In his first attempt, he fell off his 450-pound purple contraption shortly after takeoff. Hooked to a harness held by a towering crane, Mooney swung around and threw his arms in disgust as he was lowered to the ground.
On his second attempt, Mooney did better. To ever-louder exhortations, Mooney completed one of two laps around the Lexington Avenue parking-lot ring, but lost his balance as he started the second lap and fell. The top of his bicycle smacked a concrete retaining wall and bent out of shape. Mooney also appeared to be shaken up and injured as he got tangled in his safety ropes.
This was the second year that Mooney attempted to set the record at the annual festival on Lexington. The current record is held by a rider who pedaled 100 meters on an 18-foot-tall bicycle.
To relive the excitement, check out Managing Editor Jon Elliston‘s photo gallery here, or click on the videos below, which were shot by Elliston.
— Jason Sandford, multimedia editor
Here’s Mooney’s first attempt:
Here’s Mooney’s second attempt: