As I was listening to the radio, a report came over about a land speed record by bike – 82.4 mph. It took a while for that to sink in. I wrote about the record in the SF Chronicle, when it was set by Fred Markham in 1986. Speed: 65.4 mph.
The Sunday Post has an article about Sam Whittingham. What struck me is that he needed five miles to get up to speed!
It came at the World Human Powered Speed Challenge, Sep. 14-19 at Battle Mountain, Nevada, a desolate, flat stretch of highway 200 miles northeast of Reno.
Barbara Bautois set the women’s record of 72.5 mph.
The video posted here is available on YouTube and shows the 2008 event, not 2009. You get the idea.