Fun Fact Friday: Need for Speed

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Fred Rompelberg

Fun Fact Friday: Need for Speed

Anyone love going fast on a bike? I sure do! I was explaining to my boyfriend why riding a bike is so much more fun as a form of exercise than walking and it all comes down to the hills…. When you climb a hill on either a bike or walking, it’s work, that’s all there is to it. But when bike down a hill, you get a serious WHEEEEEE factor from going so fast which makes it way more fun than just walking.

And speaking of speed and cycling, here’s a fun fact for your Friday.  In 1985, John Howard, Olympic cyclist and Iron-man triathlon winner from the US, set the world speed record for a bicycle when he reached 152.2 mph cycling in the slipstream of a specially designed car. Ten years later in 1995 Dutch cyclist Fred Rompelberg would top that speed record by an additional 15 mph by pedalling in the slipstream of a dragster at 167.044 mph, a record that still stands. What is even more amazing is that Fred, who holds a number of bicycle speed records, was 50 years old when he set the Absolute World Speed Record for Cycling.  He is still the world’s eldest professional cyclist.

 

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