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Architect from Essex hit 217.7 kilometres an hour - and now he has the world record in his sights

Essex-based architect Neil Campbell has set a new European motor-assisted cycling speed record of  217.7 kilometres an hour (135.5 miles an hour).

He broke the existing record of 204 kilometres an hour (127 miles an hour) over a 200 metre timed section after being towed up to speed behind a Porsche 4x4 on the runway at Elvingrton airfield in North Yorkshire yesterday.

The 44-year-old broke Guy Martin’s British record in 2016, riding a converted 20-year-old tandem to a speed of 183.8 kilometres an hour (114.19 miles an hour).

> Operation Pacemaker breaks Guy Martin's GB motor-paced speed record

The bike he used in yesterday’s successful record attempt was made by Wybunbury, Cheshire-based Moss Bikes and incorporated 3D-printed parts.

It was unveiled earlier this year at the Bespoked show in Bristol. and Moss Bikes has uploaded pictures of it to its Instagram account.

Campbell’s speed also eclipsed the 202 kilometres an hour (125 miles an hour) achieved by Brazil’s Evandro Portela last year, when he set a Guinness World Record for the highest speed ever achieved on a public road.

> Video: Watch Evandro Portela's record-breaking 202 kilometre an hour ride

According to ITV.com, Campbell now has his sights set on the 268.8 kilometres an hour (167 miles an hour) world motor-paced record  set at Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, United States, by Fred Rompelberg of the Netherlands in October 1995.

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.