How To Go 207mph On A Bicycle

French daredevil rides to rocket-fuelled record

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.

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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?


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