What’s your personal speed record on a bike? 90 km/h? Maybe close to a hundred when you were going downhill and felt really confident? Well, whatever it is, we’re pretty sure it’s nowhere close to the record, that was set by the AeroVelo team.
The students and graduates of the University of Toronto, who were also behind the unique human-powered helicopter project, managed to reach the speed of 139.45 km/h (86.65 mp/h) in their bullet-shaped bicycle. The new world record surpassed the previous one of 133.78 km/h (82.23 mp/h) by almost 6 km/h.
Their machine is purposely built almost completely enclosed to form the best aerodynamic shape possible. That`s why the pilot has to ride in a very unnatural and almost completely horizontal position. It allows him, however, to reach ludicrous speed.
The record holder Todd Reichert, who showed unbelievable endurance, did 3 separate runs in 3 separate days. Each time he had an 8-kilometres long stretch of a completely leveled road to get his speed up and then he had to average the highest possible speed in the last 200 metres.
He managed 137.93 km/h the first time, 139.21 km/h in the second run and then finally on the third day – 139.45 km/h. You can watch the world record breaking run in the video below.
Later that day, police arrived on the scene, gave a speeding ticket to Todd and even a citation for aggressive driving! It was all in good fun though.