Cyclist sets new speed record – then celebrates in a York pub

20 Jun 2018 @ 6.24 pm
| Transport

A 42-year-old architect became the fastest cyclist in Europe – then celebrated with a pint in a York pub.

Neil Campbell set a new European cycling speed record by riding at 135.3mph, using an innovative technique in which his bike was initially attached to a car.

He became the continent’s speediest man on two wheels on his £10K custom-made bike – which was partly built using 3D-printed parts – at Elvington Airfield near York on Tuesday (June 19).

In order to break the previous 127mph record, the cycle, which was built by Moss Bikes, was attached by a cord to the back of a 2017 Porsche Cayenne.

When the car reached a high enough speed the rider was released, before peddling furiously through a 200 metre ‘gate’ in which his speed was recorded.

Tremendous pressure

Neil and his mean machine

The successful attempt was the culmination of “over 20 years work by Neil and his team”, organisers said.

Mr Campbell, who holds the record for the British and Commonwealth bicycle speed of 114mph from pedalling only, said: “I can’t stress that this is very much a team event, who all have to perform for it to happen.

“The driver in particular is under tremendous pressure.”

Neil in action

Fixated by speed

After their record breaking achievement Neil and his team went to the Black Bull pub on Hull Road, where they celebrated with a pint or two.

The team were staying at the Travelodge next door. Neil, pictured right, was applauded by everyone in the Black Bull when his feat was revealed during the Tuesday night quiz.

Prior to the event, he claimed that he was “fixated by speed” and that he was confident he and his team could achieve the feat.

The successful attempt was supervised and timed by the UK Timing Association.