48-year-old Felix Guirola has been riding 'tall' bicycles since 1983, after seeing a tandem and deciding to extend his own bike upwards.
Guirola's first tall bike measured 5.3 feet (1.6 metres), and he continued to create progressively taller models throughout the '80s. At one point, he was riding 18 feet (5.5 metres) in the air at carnivals in his hometown of Ciego de Avila.
"I feel good up high. I don't get nauseated or dizzy, nothing like that," said Guirola.
"Up there I see the scenery better. I feel relaxed. There's more of a breeze, I breathe it and I feel freer."
The record for the world's tallest rideable bicycle stands at 18 feet, 2.5 inches (5.55 metres) and is held by Canadian Terry Goertzen, who rode more than 1,000 feet (300 metres) in 2004. Guirola hopes to break this record and is currently adding the finishing touches to his own 5.5 metre bike. He also plans to construct a 26-foot (8-metre) model in the near future.
A welder by trade, Guirola sold his house and moved to Havana last November. He hopes to eventually earn a living from his high-riding pastime and wishes to honour the memory of his sister who died 20 years ago after complications resulting from a brain tumour.
"I told her that one day with my giant bike I would make enough money to buy her everything she needed for her disability," he explained.
"Eneida is no longer around to see me, but I want to keep my promise. And if one day I win an award, I'll give part of the money to help disabled children in Cuba like my sister."
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