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Evandro Portela attaches Go Pro to back of truck to record his ride - and retrieves it after hitting top speed

Remember the video we posted last week of a cyclist in Manchester tailgaiting a truck? Well, he’s got nothing on this rider from Brazil who last month clocked up an astonishing 124 kilometres an hour while drafting a lorry – and all filmed on a Go Pro camera that he attached to the back of the truck and retrieved after hitting that top speed.

To begin with, it’s just a couple of guys riding behind a truck as they pick up speed, but things get interesting at around about the halfway point when the road heads downhill, including some bunny hops at more than 100kph - and they're having an awful lot of fun, too.

The video’s description on YouTube doesn’t give too much away, but it does pin the language down to Portuguese.

The sponsor of one of the rider’s kits, ATP Gráfica Editora, is a graphic design business in the city of Curitiba, in southern Brazil, and a little bit of detective work led us to the Facebook page of the cyclist who took the video, Evandro Portela.

In response to comments about his apparent lack of regard for his own safety, one of his friends says: “It's not for everyone ... I’ve known Evandro Portela for a long time and I've never seen anyone ride a bike like this guy.

“As they say in all the extreme sports TV shows, "Don’t try this at home” … So if you’re risk conscious and value your safety, leave it to those who developed the technique. He knows the risks he’s taking.

“Enjoy the video and put the criticism to one side because each of them knows what he’s doing.”

At 77 miles an hour, the speed Portela set is some way short of the 112mph that Guy Martin achieved last year in a programme for Channel 4.

Unlike Portela, who was riding a Wilier road bike, Martin set his speed on a bike built for the purpose, the lorry had a massive fairing attached to the rear of the cab, and the Isle of Man TT star was wearing motorcycle leathers, not Lycra.

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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darrenleroy [198 posts] 1 year ago
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Sign of the cross at 50 secs followed by no hands. Then bunny hops. Impressive death wish stuff.

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11speedaddict [75 posts] 1 year ago
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love it
especially no helmet.
that will get the pro lifers , sorry pro helmet lobby in a lather

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 1 year ago
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I have no issue with his drafting or the speed, its mental, but looks like fun. The part I began to think "oh sh*t" was when he was going to get the camera back, then filming with one hand, still going fast.

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Nick T [913 posts] 1 year ago
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How long do bike tyres last at those speeds? Like the Veyron tires that'll last about 10 minutes at full speed, a set 23mms must be shot after that.

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cyclingDMlondon [481 posts] 1 year ago
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I'd have watched it all, but for the infantile 'rock' soundtrack. Can we now add cycling videos to combat aircraft footage, to the list of things that apparently can't be filmed without some knob thrashing an electric guitar?

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Cookie91 [21 posts] 1 year ago
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Fair play to the guys! Cycling is too serious anyway. We need more people pushing what they can do with a bike rather than pushing strava segments for bragging rights in a office.

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Tom Amos [236 posts] 1 year ago
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Shouldn't he be wearing a helmet?  3

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davecochrane [130 posts] 1 year ago
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In Brazil 2 years ago I saw a guy ride up to the top of Corcovado mountain, to the Christ, at a speed I literally could not believe. He looked like he had someone pulling him. Incredible. I reckon it must have been some local pro, but to this day I've seen nothing like it. This guy is something else.

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anarchy [99 posts] 1 year ago
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Fantastic

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ChairRDRF [295 posts] 1 year ago
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Yes, of course, not wearing a helmet is really going to make a difference if he comes off at 124 kph.

This is about the most jaw dropping cycling video I have ever seen, ranking alongside Latin American urban downhill mountain bike races and Fabian Cancellara descending in the Tour.

Ad if you don't like the soundtrack, turn down the volume...

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crazy-legs [704 posts] 1 year ago
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Most impressive thing about that is casually mounting the camera into the truck then picking it up again afterwards. One handed at 70mph. Proper skill.

Nice work by the riders and that looks like a brilliant road.

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themartincox [468 posts] 1 year ago
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mass grande cojones!!!

and the control to take the camera off, and then film your bike and self whilst 5- friction- feet from a lorry at super-speed! grande cojones indeed!

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don simon [722 posts] 1 year ago
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Pah! If he was that good, he would've overtaken the truck...  16
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¡Con dos cojones!

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jmaccelari [237 posts] 1 year ago
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Cajones. Big cajones...

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Flying Heron [54 posts] 1 year ago
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Brilliant!! I thought I did well once behind a manure tractor!......never again

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SteppenHerring [322 posts] 1 year ago
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Slightly sceptical about the top speed. By the Gift of Sheldon, 77mph on 53-11 on 23mm tyres is a cadence of over 200.

Mad though. Chance of being killed by a pothole or a dead badger very high.

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jamesv [14 posts] 1 year ago
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Look at his chainrings towards the end of the video - big ring looks a mite bigger than 53t.

Illegal (probably), irresponsible, stupid, but very, very fun. I'd doff my chapeau but I've just taken it off in order to draught this bus.

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s_lim [168 posts] 1 year ago
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Can only applaud and reel my jaw back in. He must be uncomfortable sitting on his bike with his massive balls.

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124g [34 posts] 1 year ago
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What a pair of guys, top top riding absolutely loved it, crazy stuff but hey respect !!  41

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SteppenHerring [322 posts] 1 year ago
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jamesv wrote:

Look at his chainrings towards the end of the video - big ring looks a mite bigger than 53t.

I hadn't spotted that. Plugging Nik Bowdler's gearing in to Sheldon, I get a more manageable 150rpm.

(Nik once overtook me on a TT turning his 77-12 gear and it was like some sort of stealth craft coming past)

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brokenorange [33 posts] 1 year ago
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cyclingDMlondon wrote:

I'd have watched it all, but for the infantile 'rock' soundtrack. Can we now add cycling videos to combat aircraft footage, to the list of things that apparently can't be filmed without some knob thrashing an electric guitar?

"For whom the bell tolls" was a rather apt piece of music I thought.

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nicholassmith [92 posts] 1 year ago
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I like that he bunny hops the white lines for safety, seriously talented.

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mikese13 [10 posts] 1 year ago
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cyclingDMlondon wrote:

I'd have watched it all, but for the infantile 'rock' soundtrack. Can we now add cycling videos to combat aircraft footage, to the list of things that apparently can't be filmed without some knob thrashing an electric guitar?

That's not infantile...that's Metallica!

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mikese13 [10 posts] 1 year ago
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Reminds me of that scene from Breaking Away.

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Tovarishch [58 posts] 1 year ago
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They are speaking Portugese - they are bolas not cojones! Still blwdy big, though.

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Rupert [188 posts] 1 year ago
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It's not so much the speed as I am sure there are many of us who have done this in the past, maybe at much faster speeds it's just we didn't have cameras to record it. It's the fact that he attaches the camera to the back of the lorry and films himself one handed? That's the dangerous bit.

This is the 2nd article I have seen on Road CC that shows riders drafting. Will we be getting a "how to draft" article soon  21 My recommendations would be the A1 near Stamford nice down hill section there to get in behind lorries, potential for drafting above 60mph or in the South West the dual carriage way near Honiton lends it self to potential drafting at around 50- 70mph.

Of course not all idea drafting roads are dual carriage ways. Shoreham to Brighton has many buses braking the speed limit and it is relatively easy to get in behind them although not recommended if you aren't responsive to sudden stops of the bus.

Or should we all be condemning this as highly irresponsible riding  17 someone is going to come a cropper soon doing this.

Plus one of the guys wasn't wearing a helmet in this video  103

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mightyflav [1 post] 1 year ago
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I actually know these guys! They are a group of Elite riders who train together and are very good at this. It is not a one time fluke!

Good to know they were close to Martin`s record. If I am not mistaken they use a 175 crank with 55x11s.

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viveLaPants [94 posts] 1 year ago
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brilliant - the driver was obviously in on it - but that takes some huge ballons  41

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chokofingrz [404 posts] 1 year ago
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Well call me a big yellow chicken but I have never drafted nor would I ever draft another vehicle, and I think the people who do it are maniacs! (Just to add some balance to the road.cc comments section.)

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parksey [343 posts] 1 year ago
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Jaw-dropping stuff, not least the tekkers in bunny-hopping/one-handed/no-handed at the sort of speed. But cycling on the motorway? F**k that!

road.cc wrote:

The video’s description on YouTube doesn’t give too much away, but it does pin the language down to Portuguese.

Brazilians speaking Portuguese? Who'd have thunk it...

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