On Saturday 19 October, disguised as The Stig from the BBC program Top Gear, Belgian pro cyclist Gert Steegmans raced up to 134km\h behind a car on the Brustem Sint-Truiden military airport runway in Belgium. Behind him on the speedtrap were fellow Belgians Dominique Cornu (121 km/h) and Jürgen Roelandts (114 km/h). The stunt was part of the Gala of the fastest Flandrian.
“It was a nice stunt, but not without risk,” Steegmans said. “During a race I get to sprint at 70 km/h, but now it was almost twice as fast.”
The absolute speed record on a bicycle remains in the name of Dutchman Fred Rompelberg who managed 268km/h in 1995 on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Salt Lake City, Utah. The big difference between the two speed runs is that Gert Steegmans was on a conventional road bike and was not connected to the vehicle in front of him at any time.
Gert Steegmans during his speed run – commitment!
Gert Steegmans winning stage1 during the 2008 Paris-Nice