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Brazilian set Guinness World Record for fastest draft-assisted speed on public road

Evandro Portela has released a video which shows his record-breaking ride from last month when he achieved a draft-assisted speed of 202 kilometres an hour.

The Brazilian made his attempt on his own world record of 184 kilometres per hour on the BR277 road between Curitiba and São José dos Pinhais.

The road  was closed for 30 minutes to allow for the record attempt, which saw Portela post the highest draft assisted speed ever achieved by a cyclist on a public road.

He battled a headwind to reach the speed of 50 kilometres per hour ahead of getting into the vacuum created  made by a fairing on the rear of the Subaru WRX 4X4 350 HP Turbo car the pacing him.

The video, which includes shots from a helicopter and moto as well as from inside the support car, shows Portela getting up to the magic 200 kilometres per hour mark, before breaking it to the jubilation of all involved.

Afterwards, he said: “It’s a great feeling, a dream come true and a great challenge.

“It wasn’t easy. I faced a headwind of 20 kilometres an hour, which made my progress very difficult.

“When I was at 190 kilometres an hour, I couldn’t see anything, the rear wheel was already in the air, but I managed to control the bike and keep pedalling.”

The highest draft-assisted speed ever achieved on a bicycle is the 268.831 kilometres an hour set at Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, United States, by Fred Rompelberg of the Netherlands in October 1995.

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.