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Markus ‘Max’ Stöckl hits a top speed of 167.6 km/h on a standard mountain bike, breaking the world record.

February 13, 2017 Sports No Comments Email Email

42-year-old Stöckl was aiming to beat his own speed world record for cycling down a gravel-based mountain on a production mountain bike. The current record was set in 2011 when Max bombed down the volcanic cone of Cerro Negro in Nicaragua at 164.95kph.

Stöckl and his six-man support team identified Chile’s Atacama Desert on the country’s Pacific Coast. To quench his thirst for speed, the Austrian chose a mountain slope in the desert that had a summit of 3,972m altitude, a 45-degree slope at the start area and a run-off that was 1200m from top to bottom.

That actual run clocked up a speed of 167.6kph thus beating his previous record. It took Max 11 seconds and 650m to reach his top speed. Not bad for someone who isn’t considered a professional athlete.

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