The average cyclist will rarely exceed 25 miles per hour on flat ground, and professionals max out at just over 70 mph (on downhill straightaways), but it’s possible to go even faster… much faster.
BICYCLE LAND-SPEED RECORD
On September 16, 2018, Denise Mueller-Korenek shattered the land-speed record for a paced bicycle ride on Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats, when she hit 184 miles per hour (296 kph).
Mueller-Korenek’s bike was towed to a speed of 100 mph, before she released the tether and achieved the peak speed record with her own pedaling power.
The 45-year-old mother of three rode in the slipstream of the specially outfitted dragster in a delicate dance between herself and the driver to maintain distance.
Mueller-Korenek’s rode a pimped out KHS chopper-style bike that travels almost 130 feet per revolution of the cranks.
FRED ROMPELBERG’S RECORD
The previous overall bicycle land-speed record, using the same dragster employed by Mueller-Korenek, was set in 1995 by Fred Rompelberg of the Netherlands at 167 mph (269 kph).