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Bad Climber

Trad climber
The Lawless Border Regions
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 11, 2018 - 06:56am PT
I just read about the new cycling speed record--183 mph! This is WAY hairy. Congrats to the great driver and cyclist. I wonder about the physics/rational for the small wheels. Interesting!

https://www.outsideonline.com/2353586/shea-holbrook-world-bike-speed-record

It's impressive how much the drafting vacuum helps. I'm really into recumbent bikes/trikes, and for a very long time, fully enclosed recumbents have totally dominated the unassisted speed records. The Battle Mountain event is wild. Here's the rig holding the current record--just under 90 mph:

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Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Oct 11, 2018 - 07:15am PT
I find the wheelie record to be more interesting

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cycling_records#Wheelie_records

Wheelie records
Kurt Osburn (nicknamed Wheelie King) from California, United States is the Guinness World Record holder for Longest Bicycle Wheelie, riding on the back wheel of a bicycle.[111] On 8 August 1998, he rode a wheelie for a record 11 hours at the Anaheim Convention Center, California. In June 2012 David "Pixie" Robilliard failed to break the record.[112]

From 13 April to 25 June 1999, he rode 2,839.6 miles from Hollywood to the Guinness World Records Experience in Orlando on one wheel, also for a Guinness World Record, becoming the first person in history to ride a bicycle wheelie coast to coast. During his attempt he rode an average of 50 miles per day, sometimes with winds in excess of 40 miles per hour. Other facts: He cycled on the 110 Highway, had 4 flat tires (on the rear tire of course), over 1.8 million pedal revolutions from start to finish, and was chased by dogs almost daily.[113]
Bad Climber

Trad climber
The Lawless Border Regions
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 11, 2018 - 07:35am PT
Whoa, Jon. Weird and impressive. That 11 hour record gets me. I never practiced the art of the wheelie, so my best is maybe one second.

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BruceHildenbrand

Social climber
Mountain View/Boulder
Oct 11, 2018 - 11:04am PT
Here's the original thread on this topic:

http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/3126453/The-Other-Mueller
stevep

Boulder climber
Salt Lake, UT
Oct 11, 2018 - 11:50am PT
Another cool new record...a virtually unknown US rider from the Midwest shattered the 4000M Individual Pursuit WR record back in August:

https://www.velonews.com/2018/08/track/american-ashton-lambie-breaks-pursuit-world-record_477538
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Oct 11, 2018 - 02:11pm PT
Forgive my ignorance, I even somewhat follow road cycling, but what is pursuit in velodrome terms?
apoet

climber
AZ
Oct 11, 2018 - 02:30pm PT
Two riders start on opposite sides of the track and try to catch the other rider. Catching the opponent causes the pursuer to win, but the race continues until the distance is met.
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
Sands Motel , Las Vegas
Oct 11, 2018 - 07:09pm PT
Thanks Bad....cool stuff...
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