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.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.