100 MPH On A Standard Bicycle? This Is What It Looks Like!
Hitting over 100 mph on a bicycle? Sounds fast. Sounds dangerous. Sounds fun. But incredibly difficult. Markus Stockl managed it, and here you can watch a video of him performing the feat. And yeah, we know that this is the “motorcycle” section of our site, but if it goes fast and it’s on two wheels, it still counts…Or at least we hope it does. So how do you manage to break a world record for bicycle speed? Well, you need a standard bicycle, a few crazy looking aerodynamic garments, a real steep hill, and an enormous set of cojones.
Before the naysayers get their chance to interject: yes, it is as standard bicycle that anyone can go any buy. Granted, it’s a top of the range kind of bicycle with nice expensive parts, but they’re all available for the average mountain bike enthusiast to buy. Nothing about the bike was custom built. In fact, the only things that were specially designed were Markus’s rather interesting looking helmet and aerodynamically engineered leg boot things. With a steep enough hill and the right gear, you too could have a crack at this record attempt. You might not look cool doing it, but it can be done.
Markus and his Red Bull team tackled the challenge from the slopes of a nameless mountain in the Atacama Desert in Chile. With his stock standard bicycle and his “poor man’s” stormtrooper helmet, he managed to reach a top speed of 167.6 km/h. That’s 104.1 mph in old money. Which is insane, when you think about it.
Markus described the effort: “It’s hard to reach top speed. After 160, each km/h is a huge effort. If you want to reach a certain goal, then you have to put it all in.” Not bad for a bloke on a bicycle, eh?
“It’s a standard mountain bike so there’s no part on the bike that you cannot buy,” he added. “Sure, it’s a high-end bike with the best parts of it but you can buy any part, nothing has been specially made.”
The ridiculous looking helmet acts as a protection device as well as an aerodynamic shell that helps cut down air resistance. The leg fins are also there for aerodynamics. They might a look a bit funny, but they worked – and that’s the main thing. The only other contributing factor was gravity, and a lot of it. And of course, the numerous training runs down a wide range of slopes and surfaces to see what worked best. Have a look at him in action below.
This isn’t Stockl’s first World Record, since he’s been breaking records since the late ‘90s…and we don’t think this will be his last either. Anyway, 100+ mph on a bicycle is absolutely incredible. I’ve known riders who don’t even have the guts to venture north of 70 on their modern motorcycles…so credit where credit is due, Markus – this was awesome.