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American woman smashes cycling land speed record, hitting nearly 184 miles per hour

Denise Mueller-Korenek went 10 per cent faster than previous record holder Fred Rompleberg did in 1995

American cyclist Denise Mueller-Korenek has set a new cycling land speed record of more than 180 miles an hour, smashing the previous record that had stood for almost a quarter of a century.

The former holder of US national titles on the road, track and in mountain biking made her successful record attempt yesterday at Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, the same location where Fred Rompleberg of the Netherlands had set the existing record in 1995.

She rode a custom-built KHS land speed record bike with a carbon frame and drafting behind a fairing attached to very dragster that Rompleberg used, which towed her up to a speed of 50 miles per hour (80 kilometres per hour) before releasing her.

Her average speed, measured over a distance of one mile, was 183.932 miles per hour (296.009 kilometres an hour), a little over 10 per cent faster than the 167 miles per hour (268.76 kilometres per hour) established by Rompelberg.

Mueller Korenek was already the holder of the women’s record, which she set in 2016 with a speed of 147.7 miles per hour (237.7 kilometres per hour).

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Simon joined 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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