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Chasing Vertigo

June 08, 2004

Mt. Kenya, Africa's second-highest peak

after Kilimanjaro, is a magnet for trekkers. Yet no one saw the fun factor in pedaling to 17,040 feet. Then along came Hans Rey, a master mountain bicyclist and self-promoter. Swatting back tsetse flies and blazing past baboons, he and a teammate bagged Point Lenana, 1,000 feet shy of the summit, then careered down the elephant-dung-strewn trail -- with his requisite camera crew immortalizing every oxygen-deprived grimace.

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