A wheelie for the record books
By VeloNews Interactive
The newest entry in the Guiness Book of World Records belongs to a bicycle rider.
On Wednesday, in the high desert of Southern California, the firstever bicycle speed-wheelie record was set by Kona Clump, freak rider Bobby Root, according to a press release issued by Kona.
Riding his 2001 Kona Roast, equipped with a 54-tooth chainring, slick tires, disc brakes, high tech speed and angle meters, and miniature cameras, Root pedaled his bike — yes, pedaled, no tow — in a van-draft up to 86.1 mph. He then popped the front end up and rode a wheelie for over 35 yards.
Then, with cops, cameras and tumbleweeds rolling, Root cranked it up again, hitting 56.4 mph before pulling up the rear of his bike for a nose wheelie — another world record.
If you find this hard to believe, check it out for yourself on the Fox Network’s Guiness Book of World Records show, which will air in three months.