If you thought bombing down that steep hill on your mountain bike aged fourteen was daring, check out the bravery / insanity of Francois Gissy, the 32-year-old former bus driver who’s just cracked the record for the world’s fastest bicycle.
After attaching canisters of hydrogen peroxide to the Swiss-designed bicycle (named ’Kamikaze 5’), Gissy took to the Circuit Paul Ricard racetrack near Marseille to put the creation to the test last week, succeeding in reaching speeds of 207mph.
Not content with this record, Gissy is currently raising funds for an attempt to reach 250mph. As you'd expect, at these speeds, a false move can be fatal, requiring Gissy to remain at a horizontal position thoughout with his legs behind him for balance.
"The bicycle is extremely lightweight, there's no aerodynamic covering and the force of the drag is extreme – maybe 200kg [440lb] of force on my body…You have to have perfect balance, otherwise the bicycle will be airborne - it can flip over,” he told the BBC.
Very impressive, but how would he fare on an 8am London commute?