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What Is The Land Speed Record On A Bike ?????? (nm)(13 posts)

What Is The Land Speed Record On A Bike ?????? (nm)cjwill
May 22, 2003 3:44 PM
May 22, 2003 3:48 PM
There is solo on a conventional bike, HPV (recumbent missle things), drafting a dragster at 150 mph, etc. Which one are you interested in?

re: What Is The Land Speed Record On A Bike ?????? (nm)abicirider
May 22, 2003 3:55 PM
Human-Powered Vehicle

Whittingham (left): With Mephisto
©Team Varna

At 117.1kph/72.74mph, Canadian Sam Whittingham is the current holder of the world land speed record for a human-powered vehicle.

On 13 October 2000, during the World's Fastest Bicycle competition, held at Battle Mountain in Nevada, USA, he broke the previous record of 110.6kph/68.73mph. Held by American Chris Huber, it had stood for eight years.

Riding Mephisto, Whittingham covered 200 meters/656ft in just 6.15 seconds. In fact, during the invitational event, he recorded two additional times which were both quicker than the previous record.

It is thought, due to the limits of human power, the fastest such a vehicle can go is about 144.8kph/90mph.

Be safe out On The Roads!!!!!

Ray Still
Canadian Pride!kermit
May 23, 2003 5:02 AM
Actually, since 2000, Sam Whittingham has broke the 72.24mph mark numerous times. His record (and the world record) stands at 81mph. See

Go Canada!

Fast 200m...probably didn't want to tear up whole neighbrhood[nmbent_spoke
May 23, 2003 5:56 AM
re: What Is The Land Speed Record On A Bike ?????? (nm)flying
May 22, 2003 3:59 PM
Like Doug said it depends
John Howard did 152mph behind a dragster fairing of sorts. It put zero drag on him. It was in 1985 I think it still stands as the fastest motor paced.

I think recumbent is set at 72mph by a canadian back in 2000

I dont know of a regular upright bike speed record??
New record is 268km/hStampertje
May 23, 2003 1:22 AM
Fred Rompelberg beat the record in 1995, 166.945mph. His site has all the land speed records since 1936. Paced/dragster type only, so no HPV or traditional bicycles.
re: What Is The Land Speed Record On A Bike ?????? (nm)cjwill
May 22, 2003 4:03 PM
Thank you for the info a co-worker and I where discussing land speed records...... I win

Funny you should ask ! :O)Live Steam
May 22, 2003 4:52 PM
I picked up a bottle of Snapple while I was out earlier and there was a bit of cycling trivia under the cap. In 1985 152.2mph was reached on the Bonneville Salt Flats while drafting behind a vehicle. The link below details this event.
I know one guy did over 60mph on a track bike...timfire
May 22, 2003 5:11 PM
I don't know if this counts, but I read in some cycling mag a while ago (in the last 2 or 3 years), that some guy covered a kilometer - from a dead stop - in under 1 minute. His top speed was something like 60 or 65mph. He did it in a velodrome on a track bike (with aerobars, I believe). I don't know if that's the top speed record for a upright bike, though.
A 1 minute kilo would be an average speed of 60K/HrMR_GRUMPY
May 22, 2003 7:14 PM
That's 37 MPH average. Max speed MIGHT be in the low 40's.
UCI track records for 1km - 60kmh is FAST !!climbo
May 23, 2003 4:50 AM
1 Km
Départ arrêté / Standing start

1'02''091 MAIK MALCHOW (RDA) 28.08.1986 COLORADO SPRINGS (USA), Vél. 7-Eleven
1'01''945 JOSE ANTONIO ESCUREDO (ESP) 15.09.1995 QUITO (ECU)
1'00''613 SHANE KELLY (AUS) 26.09.1995 BOGOTA (C0L)
1'00''148 ARNAUD TOURNANT (FRA) 16.06.2000 MEXICO (MEX)


58''875 ARNAUD TOURNANT (FRA) 10.10.2001 LA PAZ (BOL)
someone did around 110 mph downhill on snow, too nmDougSloan
May 23, 2003 6:22 AM