Jason Rourke, a 42-year old bike shop owner, spent 10 days and £5,000 building a specialized mountain bike that can go over 110 mph. Motorcycle racer Guy Martin commissioned Mr. Rourke to make the bike that he pedalled into the record books at 112.94mph (181km/h) earlier this year.
The previous record for a pedal-powered bicycle was 83.13 mph, set by Dutch cyclist Sebastiaan Bowier in September 2013. The record shattering attempt took place at Pendine Sands in South Wales. Guy Martin was towed to a speed of 50 mph and then released, going on to a speed of over 112 mph on his own.
Jason, who is the co-owner of Brian Rourke Cycles, in Waterloo Road, Burslem, said: “The funny thing is, my dad Brian was contacted by the people who set the current world record more than 25 years ago, asking if we could help to build the bike. Due to various work commitments we didn’t take it on, so when we got a call from the producers in February about another attempt to break the British record, we couldn’t say no.
“The fact that we got to work with Guy Martin was incredible. He is someone I have always found interesting having seen a lot of his programmes. He came along to our workshop in Burslem with the TV crew so he could get measured up for the bike, and he even helped me to make it.”
The main priority, Rourke claims, was not making the bike lightweight but rather strong enough to handle the speed, which meant strengthening the frame.
Thicker tires were also installed since more grip was needed. Most components were made specifically for the purpose of breaking the speed record making the bike not only unique but priceless.
Rourke says he got a call asking him if he knew anyone who owned a truck capable of 120 mph, had engineering experience and could drive the truck.
Rourke said he was able to do all three and met up with Guy Martin to carry out the insane project. He says that he was fully aware of the risks involved, but it sounded fun and he enjoyed the challenge, which led him getting his name etched in history, reports Top Speed.
Former British Truck Racing Championship winner Dave Jenkins, 38, was also enlisted to help in the record-breaking bid.
He said: “I got a call out of the blue one day from a researcher asking if I knew anyone who had a truck capable of doing 120mph, who had engineering experience and who could drive the truck.
“I explained I could tick all three boxes so then found myself meeting up with Guy Martin. It sounded fun and I’m always up for a challenge, so we thought we’d give it a crack.
“It was exciting to take part, but I was also aware of the risks involved. I was conscious of what could happen if things went wrong with someone cycling so close to the rear of the truck.”