A quick spin

On New Year’s Eve I hurtled around the village preceding a local loop. This was about 12 km (7.5 miles) which I did in 3 min 22 sec. That’s 214 kph (134 mph). A personal best. And, if I’m not mistaken, a world record for human powered vehicles. Click on the piccy for the viddy.

Of course it’s a cheat. The video is whizzed up by a factor of ten; otherwise it would have been tedious. Little traffic, no close shaves, pancake landscape.

It was really just a trial of the camera, a GoPro HD Hero. I’ve had it for nearly a year, and finally got around to bolting it to a bike. I thought it would bounce too much on the handlebar foam but it doesn’t. The original video is 1920x1080p and it looks great on a big telly, if disconcerting because it’s upside down.

My real speed was terrible, but if you think I’m unfit on the bike, you should see me walk. Both will improve.