Rocket-Powered Bicycle Breaks World Record

French cyclist Francois Gissy broke his own world speed record last Friday when he reached a heart-pounding 207 miles per hour
French cyclist Francois Gissy broke his own world speed record last Friday when he reached a heart-pounding 207 miles per hour

Last weekend, François Gissy, the Frenchman cyclist, rode his rocket-powered bicycle to a jaw-dropping, white-knuckle-inducing, sphincter-puckering speed of 207mph. Yes, you read that right: Two hundred and seven miles an hour. On a bicycle. French cyclist Francois Gissy has long been riding rocket-powered bikes but he broke his own world speed record last Friday. Gissy’s previous speed record on a similar bike in 2013 was 263 km/h.

His bicycle basted down a racetrack in France at 333 km/h. The speed he reached in tests at the Circuit Paul Ricard are the fastest ever recorded for a rocket-powered bicycle, according to the racetrack, which sponsored the event, and the Facebook page of Exotic Thermo Engineering/Swiss Rocketman, the company behind the bike. The bike, designed by Gissy’s friend, Arnold Neracher, reached its top speed of 333 km/h in just 4.8 seconds and 250 metres.

“In the moment, it is scary, but as soon as you stop, you also realize how amazing that was,” Gissy said. He also said that the wind is extremely powerful when travelling above 300 km/h. “I’m lucky my head is still bolted on the body!”

Check out his video below:

Sources: BBC, CBC, Daily Mail

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