Watch: French rider hits more than 140mph to break cycling world speed record

56-year-old Frenchman Éric Baronne breaks his own world record
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While professional riders at the peak of their power might be able to hit 70mph on a Tour de France descent, they’ve been put to shame by a 56-year-old Frenchman on a mountain bike on snow.

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Wearing a special skinsuit and helmet and riding a modified aerodynamic mountain bike, Éric Barone hit a top speed of 141.498mph on the 1,400m-long speed skiing slope in the French ski resort of Vars, breaking his own record of 138.75mph from 2015.

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Barone is also the holder of the world speed record on gravel, travelling to the Cerro Negro volcano in Nicaragua in 2002, registering a top speed of 107mph. However disaster struck on that attempt, with the fork of the prototype bike breaking just after Barone hit his top speed, sending him tumbling down the mountain, suffering several broken ribs.

Thankfully the man who’s known as the Red Baron enjoyed smoother running on his latest record-breaking run, with only a slight bump to briefly send him airborne midway through the descent.