Maclean 142mph on Martin Speed Bike

Maclean 142mph on Martin Speed Bike

 

Maclean 142mph on Martin Speed Bike

 

Paul Churchill

 

142mph on a bike: Craig Maclean smashes record on Guy Martin’s “Speed” bike

 

On the 24th May 2014 at cycling cafe Look Mum No Hands in London’s trendy Hackney, Rollapaluza invited past competitors for a unique opportunity to see just how fast they could go on the Rollapaluza rigs.

 

Craig Maclean max speed effort
Craig Maclean max speed effort

 
Jason Rourke of Rourke Cycles and Guy Martin kindly gave their permission for this unique opportunity to use the bike created for Guy’s successful British paced land speed record for his Channel Four TV show “Speed”
 
In advance of the event it was not clear just what the potential maximum speed would be, or indeed if it would be even possible to get the huge 380 inch gear turning without the “tow” required when the bike is on the road. On the night though all riders set amazing times and speeds, cheered on by crowds at London’s Look Mum No Hands.
 
The challengers had to attempt two records, a fastest 500m time and peak speed record, where they had 90 seconds to reach their maximum speed.
 
CraigMaclean mid effort 500m
CraigMaclean mid effort 500m

 
Star attraction multiple, Olympic, world and Commonwealth medallist and reigning Paralympic champion, Craig Maclean, who will also be racing in the Rollapaluza Keirin Manchester event on June the 28th, did not disappoint with a blistering 500m time of 11.34 seconds (averaging 99.2 mph from a standing start) and 142mph in the maximum speed test.
 
Craig’s calves proved too wide for the extra width of the mechanism on the double-transmission Rourke bike, so he improvised body-armour by strapping himself with Gaffer tape from the Rollapaluza tool box to protect his legs!
 
Craig Maclean prepares
Craig Maclean prepares

 
Jennifer Coruch set the best female times with 14.09 seconds for the 500m and 113.1 mph maximum speed despite being the only rider to have never raced on the Rollapaluza rigs previously.
 
Jennifer Crouch
Jennifer Crouch

 
Is this a world record? There are various stationary bike records, but it seems no official one, Bruce Bursford’s speed of over 300kmh was set on powered rollers that brought him up to 100mph before his attempt and other attempts use different equipment. Caspar Hughes of Rollapaluza explained, “Dave Legrys’ 1986 record of 126 mph was always our target and reference point for this attempt, though ultimately the challenge was to see how fast it was possible to go using this amazing bike and our regular rigs, so we won’t be calling Guinness.”
 

 
Results:
 
Men:
 
Fastest Speed
 
Craig Maclean (Dolan Bikes): 142 mph / 227 kph
Rob Reed (The Bicycle Society): 134.1mph / 214.6kmh
James Sullivan (Brixton CC): 130mph / 208kmh
Atiba Quildan (Twickenham CC): 120.4mph / 192.6kmh
 
500m
 
Craig Maclean (Dolan Bikes): 11.34 seconds (average cadence 88.2rpm)
Rob Reed (The Bicycle Society): 11.70 seconds
Atiba Quildan (Twickenham CC): 12.06 seconds
James Sullivan (Brixton CC): 12.50 seconds
 
Women:
 
Fastest Speed
 
Jennifer Crouch (London Dynamo): 113.1mph / 181kmh
Sam Sullivan (Brixton CC): 107.8mph / 172.5kmh
 
500m
 
Jennifer Crouch (London Dynamo): 14.09 seconds
Sam Sullivan (Brixton CC): 14.25 seconds
 
Rollapaluza
 

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