Speed demon Denise Mueller-Korenek broke the world land speed record for a paced bicycle last Sunday at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats. Mueller-Korenek reached a max speed of 183.93 mph, which was nearly 17 mph quicker than the former mark of 167 mph.
Mueller-Korenek used a custom KHS bike that looked more like a chopper than a traditional two-wheeler. She was towed up to speed around 100 mph, than started cranking the pedals of her insanely high geared bike that’s spec’d with a 62-12 combo. She then drafted off the tow vehicle to reach the record breaking mark. The entire endeavor took around 5 miles, with towing lasting about 1.5 miles. Her custom bike is 7 feet long, has 17” wheels, and a very slack head angle.
Check out this report from the Wall Street Journal:
Here’s another look from inside the pace car:
And here’s a great inside look of the work Mueller-Korenek put in to achieve her miraculous feat:
All photos by Matt Ben Stone. Check out more videos on RoadBikeReview.