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.