Denise Mueller-Korenek, using a specially-designed bike on the Bonneville Salt Flats of Utah, broke the world speed record on a bicycle this weekend. As you can see from the video above, she had to be towed behind a dragster for the first two miles of a five-mile course before pedaling the rest on her own. She was able to reach a record speed of 183.9 miles-per-hour, breaking the previous mark of 167 mph.
The bike Mueller-Korenek was riding is a specifically-designed ride that allows the cyclist to cover 128 feet in one revolution of the wheels where a typical bike is around 17 feet (Tour de France cyclists typically ride bikes that carry them 30 feet per revolution). That’s why she had to be towed up to speed.
Motor assisted speed records are apparently part of the whole chase. According to the Washington Post, cyclists have been chasing these sorts of speed marks since the end of the 19th century. People just want to ride fast on bikes. Faster, it seems, than their pedals can propel them.