Delft students design record-breaking bike

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An ordinary bike could not reach speeds of almost 130 kilometres per hour. But a bicycle designed and built by students at the Technical University of Delft can.


TU Delft student Sebastiaan Bowier recently set a European and a student record with a speed of 129,62 kilometres per hour.

But he did not break the world record during a nine-day trial in a desert in the US state of Nevada. Canadian Sam Whittingham still holds the world record for the fastest cyclist on earth with a speed of over 133 kilometre per hour.