Denise Mueller sets women’s bicycle speed world record at 147mph

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Denise Mueller set the women’s bicycle world speed record by riding 147mph while drafting a modified Land Rover. The bike was a completely custom creation by KHS and DaVinci Bikes, outfitted with a dual crown suspension fork and cirrus Body Float suspension seatpost. The latter two, along with the overall design of the bike, were to reduce vibrations and subtle bumps from creating instability, which would be disastrous at those speeds. Check out the bike and more details, below…

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Other custom touches include double-reduction gearing, massive 60 tooth chainrings, custom built 17-inch dragster wheels with shaved tires, an elongated frame, and steering stabilizers.

Mueller is an accomplished bicycle and motosports racer, the current National Criterium Champion, and a 15-time National Champion, as well as a mother of three. Her coach, John Howard, set the men’s speed record 30 years ago by riding 152.2mph. It was beaten in 1995 by Fred Rompleberg of the Netherlands with a top speed of 167mph. The team said she’d like to top that number, but their current track isn’t long enough. Regardless, she’s not just the new women’s record holder, she’s apparently the only woman to ever seriously attempt the land speed record for bicycles.

Follow future progress and get more info and history at TheProjectSpeed.com.

Velo Birmingham – closed road 100 mile sportive

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Birmingham will host a 100-mile closed road sportive next September, with 15,000 cyclists expected to take part.

Details of the event, Vélo Birmingham, are being kept under wraps for now, with the official launch taking place at the Cycle Show at the NEC on Thursday 22 September.

If you want to be one of the first to know about what’s planned, you can pre-register now on the Vélo Birmingham website.

Richard Branson ‘thought he was going to die’ in bike accident

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Virgin Group founder Richard Branson was recently injured in a serious bike accident while cycling on Virgin Gorda, an island in the British Virgin Islands.

Branson shared images of his injuries after the accident and described what had happened in a blog post Friday:

“I was heading down a hill towards Leverick Bay when it suddenly got really dark and I managed to hit a ‘sleeping policeman’ hump in the road head on. The next thing I knew, I was being hurled over the handlebars and my life was literally flashing before my eyes.”

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Branson said his helmet helped mitigate most of the damage. His bike fell off the cliff. He cracked his cheek and cut his chin, knee and shoulder, among other things, but hasn’t sustained any serious injuries apart from some torn ligaments, he wrote.

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Branson was preparing for the Virgin Strive Challenge, in which he, alongside his children Holly and Sam and several others, will travel more than 1240 miles from the summit of the Matterhorn to the summit of Mt. Etna in Sicily. The challenge, whose goal is to raise 1.5 million pounds ($1.98 million) to help a charity organization called Big Change that funds innovative projects from young people in the UK, and entails hiking, running, swimming and cycling.

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Despite his most recent accident, he still plans to participate in the challenge next month.

 

Bicycle thief suspect lassoed by cowboy from Oregon

A quick-thinking Oregon rancher saved the day on Friday when he stopped an alleged bike thief by jumping on his horse and lassoing the man with a rope.

Robert Borba was loading his truck in a Walmart parking lot in Eagle Point, Oregon, when he heard a woman yell that her bike was being stolen, according to the Associated Press.

The 28-year-old was able to get his horse Long John out of his trailer, and ride down to the man who attempting to run from the scene after ditching the bike. The man was reportedly having trouble operating the bike’s gears and decided running was a better option.

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“I seen this fella trying to get up to speed on a bicycle,” Borba told the Medford Mail Tribune. “I wasn’t going to catch him on foot. I just don’t run very fast.”

After lassoing the man, Borba dragged the man to one side of the parking lot and waited for police to arrive. Borba says that the man attempted to grab a tree and get away, but his lassoing skills were up to snuff.

“I use a rope every day, that’s how I make my living,” Borba said. “If it catches cattle pretty good, it catches a bandit pretty good.”

When the cops arrived they arrested Victorino Arellano-Sanchez for theft.

“It’s not every day you rope somebody that did something bad,” Borba told the Tribune.

Martyn Ashton – Down Not Out, Mountain Bike Party

Down but not out. That phrase is important to remember for any of us after suffering an injury. Fortunately, most injuries are less serious and require less time off the bike, but every once in a while there are those that aren’t so quick and easy to come back from. Martyn Ashton knows that better than most. After establishing himself as a world trials champion, a crash left him paralyzed from the waist down.

Fortunately for Ashton, his friends made sure he was only down, but not out. While he still doesn’t have full use of his legs, the ability to ride a lap down the Fort William Downhill World Cup course was made possible thanks so some special equipment…