After riding her bike across the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah this past Sunday, Denise Mueller-Korenek set the new cycling land speed world record at an astonishing 183.932 mph (296 km/h), as reported by CNN. And by world record, we mean overall world record (for both men and women).
“It was a crazy wild ride to 183.9 mph, but so worth the sacrifice and years of focus on becoming the fastest human on a bicycle in the world,” Mueller-Korenek told BBC. “We weren’t supposed to go more than 175 mph.”
Mueller-Korenek was tethered to a pace car that was driven by Shea Holdbrook until she reached 90 mph, according to CNN. Then, she unclipped and pedaled through the draft – reaching an average top speed of 183.9 mph between miles four and five.
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If she didn’t pedal hard enough to stay in the racecar’s slipstream, she risked being catapulted backward by the wind.
As a teenager, Mueller-Korenek was a 15-time national champion bike racer, as reported by CNN. As an adult, she stopped so she could run her family business and raise three children. That’s right, the 45-year-old talent came out of retirement to set the new world record (smashing the previous men’s motor-paced bicycle land speed record of 167 mph, which was set in 1995).
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