The stunt required meticulous training and preparations. Tödtling armored himself with iron plates on his elbows and knees, then was swaddled in layers of protective clothing and fireproof gel.
Photo: Owen Kilgour
He then held on to a rope which was then dragged along by a horse at full gallop, for a distance of 500m, having been doused in accelerant and set alight by his stunt coordination team.
After traveling nearly half way around the scenic Teichalm mountain lake in front of a crowd of enthusiastic locals and safety professionals, Joe then reversed direction, holding on to a tow rope being dragged by a quad bike.
In an exclusive interview with The Local, Joe revealed that this was to be his last attempt at a world record stunt, after a long conversation with his wife.
Tödtling completed another stunt world record in his home town of Passail in March 2015.