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Video: Lorry-drafting Brazilian cyclist hits 168 kilometres an hour in latest film

Evandro Portela is preparing to try and set a new Guinness World Record later this year

Remember Evandro Portela? He’s the Brazilian cyclist who attached a GoPro camera to a truck and filmed himself drafting it at 124 kilometres an hour.

> Video: Brazilian cyclist drafts lorry... at 124 kilometres an hour

Footage of his exploits went viral after we featured it here on road.cc, and now he’s gone even faster, hitting 168 kilometres in his latest video on Facebook as he prepares for a Guinness World Record attempt later this year.

The speed – which equates to 104 miles an hour – was achieved behind a Subaru car rigged up with a fairing to eliminate wind resistance.

With sponsors on board and a massive, 100-tooth chainring on his bike his aim is to have a crack at the Guinness World Record for the fastest motor-paced bike ride in an urban area, for which there is currently no official mark.

His attempt, which has been approved by Guinness and has the permission of police, will  take place at some point in the second half of the year on the BR-277 highway, between Campo Largo and Curitiba.

While cyclists who have set motor-paced records have typically used bikes specifically designed for the attempt, the former professional cyclist, now aged 40, will be riding a standard Trek Madone 4.3 equipped with disc brakes and Continental tyres, and of course that huge chainring which gives him a maximum gear ratio of 100x10 and enables his bike to cover 21 metres with each turn of the pedals.

> Brazilian cyclist who drafted lorry at 124 kph now aiming for 200 kph

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.

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