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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