Austrian Franz Venier has broken the world record for the number of metres climbed in 24 hours, according to an ANP/AFP report. The 42 year-old rode 79 laps of a 5.15 km circuit in Tirol that contained 245 metres of climbing per lap. That gave him a total of 19,355 metres of altitude gain in roughly 400 km. During his attempt, he was observed by a UCI commissaire. The old record was 18,091 metres, set by Marcel Knauss from Liechtenstein.