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Isle of Man TT star's latest TV show saw him take on Dave Le Grys's record set in 1986 - but did he do it?...

If you weren’t watching Guy Martin on Speed on Channel 4 last night, in which the motorcyclist switched to a push bike and attempted to beat Dave Le Grys’s 27-year-old motor-paced British record of 110mph on a bicycle, you missed a treat – some are calling it the best piece of TV they’ve seen over the Festive season. Happily, thanks to the catch-up service 4oD, you can watch it here.

Le Grys himself was on hand to help guide Martin through his record attempt and among others to provide assistance are double Olympic gold medallist, Laura Trott, and Rourke Framesets.

The Stoke-on-Trent based firm built the bike, complete with crossover chainset, on which the affable and ever so slightly manic Martin attempts to break the record at Pendine Sands in South Wales. While drafting a truck. As you do.

We won’t give too much away – and we’d ask people to refrain from comments that may spoil others’ enjoyment until they have had a chance to watch it – but Martin, veteran of 13 Isle of Man TT podiums reckons it’s the scariest thing he’s ever done.

Seeing him unclip involuntarily while doing around 80mph, you can understand why.

Sit back and enjoy.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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Al__S [1024 posts] 2 years ago
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Superb tele. Full of no-nonsense types basically going "you're mad. How can I help?"

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keith roberts [204 posts] 2 years ago
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cracking viewing. Guy's got a fred dibnah/Evil Kenivel thing going on...nice to see them making the frame and using Hope equipment. And he didn't like the turbo set laura set him!  4

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jarredscycling [456 posts] 2 years ago
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And I always thought Cav was the fastest man on two wheels especially from the Isle of Man

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birzzles [127 posts] 2 years ago
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the olympic track cyclist who helped him was a star too. Interesting insight into what serious training means.

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pz1800 [24 posts] 2 years ago
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4oD can't help if you don't live in Britain. It's not on YouTube yet, either. Pisser.

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badback [302 posts] 2 years ago
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Classic 'bloke' TV. Made Top Gear seem boring.

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hampstead_bandit [614 posts] 2 years ago
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awesome television programme from a great character

if any of you have not seen it yet, I'd highly recommend watching the film

"Closer to the Edge" about the Isle of Man TT

completely bonkers motorbike action, especially Guy Martin's fireball 'get off' and Conor Cummins' "how did he survive?" crash

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y07yt87lhEA

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NickK123 [93 posts] 2 years ago
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Best TV over the Christmas break. Think Fred Dibnah meets Eval Knieval meets Wacky Racers! Felt venue change to Pendine added a lot to difficulty factor. Top effort.

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arfa [747 posts] 2 years ago
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+1 from me and kudos to Guy Martin for having a crack and getting the program made. I did like the fact that his kitchen not only had a pushbike in it but also a motorbike or two - it made my man cave look positively look under equipped !

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antonio [1124 posts] 2 years ago
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One for the 'Strava Boys?'

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glynr36 [637 posts] 2 years ago
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It was good, but also raised interesting debate with a few mates.
What about if someone with a more than 'average' fitness (Thats what the sports lab said), and a high lactate threshold like Tony Martin say, had a go?

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allez neg [497 posts] 2 years ago
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Laura Trott was cool

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TimC340 [75 posts] 2 years ago
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I loved it. Thought Guy was a real star, and the people he got to help him - despite their well justified doubts - were brilliant. It was a true team effort, led by a real, unassuming but genuine and proper bloke. Magic!

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Some Fella [890 posts] 2 years ago
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You can stick your carbon fibre up your ar5e - steel from Birmingham will always deliver the goods.
Especially if it has Rourke written on it.

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IanW1968 [271 posts] 2 years ago
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Couldn't get passed all the adverts.

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ped [229 posts] 2 years ago
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glynr36 wrote:

It was good, but also raised interesting debate with a few mates.
What about if someone with a more than 'average' fitness (Thats what the sports lab said), and a high lactate threshold like Tony Martin say, had a go?

We had the same discussion, reckoning that that Guy's 'high-speed experience' and above average (motor and push) bike handling skills must count for more than might be initially thought. This got us wondering if any British pro riders might have it in them, and which would be most suited. Surely one of the track come road riders?

Ian Stannard perhaps? And Dani King for the women's record?

Surely we can make this happen with an ePetition or using Kickstarter these days.  1

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fatbeggaronabike [813 posts] 2 years ago
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Brilliant bit of telly, well done.

but a question was raised after watching it, should it be allowed as the screen used on the back of the truck was actually creating a vortex and pulling him along rather than giving him a piece of "dead" air in which to cycle.

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mrmo [2074 posts] 2 years ago
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ped wrote:
glynr36 wrote:

It was good, but also raised interesting debate with a few mates.
What about if someone with a more than 'average' fitness (Thats what the sports lab said), and a high lactate threshold like Tony Martin say, had a go?

We had the same discussion, reckoning that that Guy's 'high-speed experience' and above average (motor and push) bike handling skills must count for more than might be initially thought. This got us wondering if any British pro riders might have it in them, and which would be most suited. Surely one of the track come road riders?

Ian Stannard perhaps? And Dani King for the women's record?

Surely we can make this happen with an ePetition or using Kickstarter these days.  1

I recon plenty of pros could do it, BUT if it goes wrong you could find yourself out of work pretty quick. Think about Cav being banned from the track.

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ped [229 posts] 2 years ago
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mrmo wrote:

I recon plenty of pros could do it, BUT if it goes wrong you could find yourself out of work pretty quick. Think about Cav being banned from the track.

Fair point. Revised plan then, we need recently retired pros without perhaps understandably over-protective teams and sponsors.

How about Charly Wegelius and Nicole Cooke?

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Some Fella [890 posts] 2 years ago
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Chris Hoy the obvious candidate

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Nigel Jennings [10 posts] 2 years ago
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Proper bloke TV. I look forward to the rest of the series.

FATBEGGARONABIKE wrote:

should it be allowed as the screen used on the back of the truck was actually creating a vortex and pulling him along rather than giving him a piece of "dead" air in which to cycle.

The only way you'll get "dead air" is to put the cyclist under a giant inverted golfish bowl and drag it along the ground. Now there's a thought...  39

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MrGear [87 posts] 2 years ago
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I was surprised with the aggressive steering angle the bike had. If it were "chopped out" it would be more stable at speed. Look at drag-racing motorbikes for example...

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Apple Tree [12 posts] 2 years ago
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For those who prefer to watch the old fashioned way :

Tonight - Freeview channel 47, 4seven, at 7pm

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ped [229 posts] 2 years ago
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Some Fella wrote:

Chris Hoy the obvious candidate

His keirin skills would no doubt be useful, and his outright speed undeniable, but I wonder if he'd have the staying power.

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A V Lowe [575 posts] 2 years ago
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The aerodynamic design should have included a bleed to blow down and aside for sand thrown up by wheels and air pressure being forced under the truck.

Side & top spoilers might also have been able to create a 'virtual' extension of the still air box, as if it was a real enclosed body.

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Timsen [71 posts] 2 years ago
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Having driven along the beach at Pendine at about 50mph, I can confirm that this is nothing like being on tarmac from a stability point of view. You can feel irregular soft spots in the sand and this must add significantly to the danger/difficulty factor. I personally wouldn't want to drive any vehicle along there at anything approaching that speed ! Massive respect !!