Briton Neil Campbell set a new European cycle speed record – breaking the previous record set by him – when he clocked 240km/h at the Elvington Airfield in Yorkshire, England, over the weekend.
Campbell set the previous record at the same airfield in June when he reached 217.7km/h.
An architect by profession, Campbell was last week towed behind a Porsche Cayenne Turbo until the car reached just over 177km/h, at which point the 42-year-old disengaged from the vehicle.
Thereafter Campbell accelerated through pedal power to break his own record.
“We’ve got so little space that it was essential that we got up to speed as quickly as possible,” Campbell said in a statement released by Porsche.
“The acceleration of the Cayenne was incredible; I was pedalling throughout – harder and harder – before I released from the car at just over 100mph and put my head down and gave it all I had.
“To get 149mph on such a short runway is beyond anything I expected.”
Campbell said he will next year attempt to break the world cycle speed record of 296km/h set by American woman Denise Mueller-Korenek in Utah, USA, just over a week ago.