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.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.