The bicycle developed from the Velocipede - a sort of hobby horse patented in England in 1818 by Denis Johnson of London.
Count Leo Tolstoy, author of War And Peace, was given a bicycle by the Moscow Society of Velocipede Lovers for his 67th birthday in 1895. He promptly learnt to ride it "... in a hall large enough to drill a division of soldiers" - and he knocked down the only other person in the room.
In June 2001, Javier Zapata of Colombia cycled up 1,200 stairs at the Parque Central Tower in Venezuela.
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