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Cyclist straps a rocket to a bike, beats world record

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French cyclist François Gissy reached a top speed of 263 kilometres per hour on a bicycle — after strapping a rocket to the frame.

We assume there's a reason that motorcycles have big, sturdy frames and thick tyres, and that that reason has something to do with high speeds. However, French cyclist François Gissy has pushed a mountain bicycle to speeds we never see on the roads.

At a disused runway in Munchhouse, Haut-Rhin department, Alsace, France, Gissy reached a top speed of 263 kilometres per hour — beating the 2002 rocket-powered bicycle world record of 242.6 kilometres per hour.

The rocket itself, made by Swiss company Exotic Thermo Engineering, was built to Gissy's specifications and runs on hydrogen peroxide.

As impressive as this is, he still didn't get the fastest cycling record of all time. That honour still goes to Dutch cyclist Fred Rompelberg who, at the age of 50 in 1995, reached a top speed of 268.8 kilometres per hour in slipstream.

However, when it comes to an epic thrill ride, we don't think there's much difference between the speeds at all. Check out Gissy's feat in the video below.


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