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by Neal Rogers
December 12, 2017
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Brazilian cyclist Evandro Portela recently set a new world record for the highest speed achieved on a bicycle on a public road, reaching a full 202 km/h (124mph), according to mpora.com.
Cycling on the closed BR277 road between Curitiba and São José dos Pinhais in Brazil, Portela managed to beat his own record of 184km an hour, which was set earlier this year, and went a full 18km/h faster than his previous effort.
Portelo is no stranger to viral internet fame. Footage of the Brazilian drafting a truck at 124 km/h racked up almost four million views in 2014.
Portela was paced by a Subaru WRX 4X4 350 HP Turbo but had to struggle up to 50km/h in a headwind before he could enter the vacuum created by the fairing on the rear of the Subaru. Afterward he told Red Bull Brazil, “It’s a great emotion, a dream come true and a great challenge. It was not easy. I faced a wind against 20 km/h, which made my progression very difficult. When I was at 190 km/h I could not see anything, the rear wheel was already in the air, but I managed to control the bike, persist and beat the mark. It was very difficult, but rewarding.”
For more, click through to mpora.com.