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Dutch Cyclist Breaks World Speed Record

posted 17 Sep 2013, 08:01 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 17 Sep 2013, 08:01 ]

Dutch cyclist Sebastiaan Bowier sets a new world speed record for a bike as he rides at 133.78 kilometres per hour in NevadaUnited States.

BATTLE MOUNTAINNEVADAUNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 15, 2013) (DELFT UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY) -  Dutch cyclists Sebastiaan Bowier broke the world speed record for a bike as he rode at 133.78 kilometres per hour in NevadaUnited States on Sunday (September 15).

Bowier, 26, was riding a high-tech recumbent bike in the World Human Powered Speed Challenge at Battle Mountain.

The speed was achieved on a 200-metre stretch of road, with a run-up of eight kilometres at Battle Mountain in the Nevada desert.

The 133.78 kph broke the previous record, set by Canadian Sam Whittingham at the same location in 2009, by 0.6km per hour.

"I pushed 200 watts halfway, "Bowier said."And then I started 350, 400 watts and 110 (kilometres) or so. At one and a half miles I thought I will go 20 kilometres faster. So from there I went flat out and went sprinting."

The bike was designed by the Delft University of Technology and the VU University Amsterdam.