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Requesting help re: cycling speed records(9 posts)

Requesting help re: cycling speed recordsLAIrish
Aug 1, 2002 10:48 AM
The TdF gave me the opportunity to get some fellow patrons at my local pub interested in cycling. (Got so that the bar would put on OLN's nightly rebroadcast and the whole bar would watch and discuss the tour.)

A couple of people have asked me, "how fast can a cyclist actually go?" I'd like to be able to answer the question and keep a little interest in cycling going.

I found the absolute record on (167 mph) on the Guiness book of world records site, and the 24 hr record. (just over 22 mph) on Michael Secrest's site. But I haven't been able to find the one hour record (which Lance says he is thinking about challenging, so it is especially interesting). Anyone got a reference?

look up HPVsniteschaos
Aug 1, 2002 11:03 AM
All the cycling records belong to highly faired recumbant bikes. I think the hour record was something like 55mph for a fully fair recumbant. The all out record for a non-drafting dude in a faired recumbant is 89mph timed both ways over a 200meter trap.
I did check out the IHPVA siteLAIrish
Aug 1, 2002 11:08 AM
International Human Powered Vehicle Association. So, I got the info on the fully faired recumbents, etc. (which I will pass on to the bar crowd). But I wanted the records for "bicycles" as that crowd understands them, since I'm trying to keep up the interest in cycling.
HPV= Human papillomavirus NASTY!!! (nm)onespeed
Aug 1, 2002 11:50 AM
one hour recordDougSloan
Aug 1, 2002 11:58 AM
The only record I think Lance would challenge is the standard bike one hour record, famously set by Eddy Merckx. The record is currently at 49.4 kilometers on a standard bike, but 56.3 kilometers on an aero bike.

one hour recordpukka
Aug 1, 2002 12:29 PM
did you notice how all bike weights after eddy got heavier,what were the bike guidlines when boardman reset the record,all records were wiped out
weight is pretty irrelevant hereDougSloan
Aug 1, 2002 12:33 PM
These records are set on tracks at steady speeds. Weight would have only a miniscule effect. The heavier bikes are likely due to aero tubing and components.

The records weren't wiped out, but I think there are just two categories of records. Eddy did it on a fixed gear track-type bike.

so did boardmanpukka
Aug 1, 2002 12:36 PM
they change the rulescyclopathic
Aug 2, 2002 8:03 AM
after Chris beat the record on superbike and took it from him. He had to train and do it again 2 years later. BTW Eddy's bike wouldn't pass the requirements and he did in in Mexico city 1500m above sea level.