New World Record in ... Underwater Cycling!

Sixty-two-year-old Italian scuba diver has just set a new world record in ... underwater cycling!

Nine minutes later he reached the 65m mark. ''It was tough because I ran into more mud than I expected,'' he said. ''I had to click up a gear to make pedalling easier''.

Apart from raising money for cancer research, Innocente is on a self-appointed mission to prove that mountain bikes can go anywhere.

He has already cycled over glaciers, deserts and mountains from Alaska to Kenya. Then, about seven years ago, he decided to continue the mission by uniting his two passions - scuba-diving and cycling.

Since then Innocente has been honing his technique and gradually pushing up the record for undersea cycling.

Needless to say, he dominates the sport.

To make sure he stays on the seabed his bike is weighed down with about 35 kilos of ballast and its tyres are pumped up with water instead of air. The 'Nautilus' also has fins and spoilers to help him drive it through the water.

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