Remember Evandro Portela? He’s the Brazilian cyclist who attached a GoPro camera to a truck and filmed himself drafting it at 124 kilometres an hour.
Footage of his exploits went viral after we featured it here on road.cc, and now he’s gone even faster, hitting 168 kilometres in his latest video on Facebook as he prepares for a Guinness World Record attempt later this year.
The speed – which equates to 104 miles an hour – was achieved behind a Subaru car rigged up with a fairing to eliminate wind resistance.
With sponsors on board and a massive, 100-tooth chainring on his bike his aim is to have a crack at the Guinness World Record for the fastest motor-paced bike ride in an urban area, for which there is currently no official mark.
His attempt, which has been approved by Guinness and has the permission of police, will take place at some point in the second half of the year on the BR-277 highway, between Campo Largo and Curitiba.
While cyclists who have set motor-paced records have typically used bikes specifically designed for the attempt, the former professional cyclist, now aged 40, will be riding a standard Trek Madone 4.3 equipped with disc brakes and Continental tyres, and of course that huge chainring which gives him a maximum gear ratio of 100x10 and enables his bike to cover 21 metres with each turn of the pedals.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.