American woman becomes fastest human on a bicycle

American woman becomes fastest human on a bicycle

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American woman becomes fastest human on a bicycle

Denise Mueller-Korenek, a 15-time bicycling USA National Champion, became the fastest human on a bicycle Sunday when she was clocked at 183.9 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

Mueller-Korenek, 45, shattered the existing motor-paced cycling land speed record of 166.9 mph previously held by Dutch cyclist Fred Rompelberg in 1995.

Riding a special bike with two chains, Mueller-Korenek was towed behind a dragster driven by Shea Holbrook until reaching 150 mph at the two-mile mark of the five-mile salt flats course, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Then she released the cable tether and pedaled the final three miles under her own power but behind the dragster’s “slipstream” as Holbrook accelerated to 184 mph.

Photos by © Matt Ben Stone used with permission.

“I’m speechless,” Mueller-Korenek told the Journal. “It hasn’t hit me yet.”

Her son Daniel was the first to break the news to her about setting the record as he met her near the finish line, telling her “You got it, 100 percent!”

In a Facebook video, she told Daniel that it was “amazing” and that “it definitely gets rough at that speed.”

Mueller-Korenek’s race suit was made from leather, Kevlar and neoprene, according to Bike Radar, adding that she was in constant communication with the driver via a two-way radio.

The record was set during the World of Speed, a four-day motorsports rally hosted by the Utah Salt Flats Racing Association and featuring high-speed race cars, motorcycles and dragsters, including one with a bicycle behind it.

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Denise Mueller-Korenek, her special bike and dragster driver Sea Holbrook (left). Photo by Matt Ben Stone used with permission.

One of the event’s biggest draws was Mueller-Korenek and her custom bike, described by the Journal as “a marvel of engineering.” From the Journal:

Equipped with motorcycle wheels, the carbon fiber bike is long and low and features a pair of 60-tooth chainrings which work in combination with a 12-tooth cog, allowing Mueller to achieve up to 130 feet of travel on a single pedal stroke. The unusual set up is necessary to keep the bike accelerating at speeds far beyond 100 mph.

“We did it!” Project Speed Denise Mueller-Korenek announced on Facebook, revealing the official time. “183.932 mph.”

Photos by © Matt Ben Stone used with permission.

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