Denise Mueller-Korenek, a fifteen-time bicycling USA National Champion, broke all bicycle speed records after biking at a spectacular 183.9 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.
Denise broke the Dutch cyclist Fred Rompelberg’s 23-year-old record of 166.9 mph (made in 1995) to become the fastest human on pedals on 16th September 2018.
Mueller-Korenek, 45, is a mother of two and is familiar to top speeds. She was already the fastest female bicyclist in the world with her women’s world record of 147.75mph in 2016. Sunday’s victory propelled her to the world no.1 position.
Her unique custom-made bike attracted much attention at the event. Her carbon fiber bike was long, low and equipped with motorcycle wheels and featured a pair of 60-tooth chainrings which worked in sync with a 12-tooth cog. The setup was needed to allow the bike to accelerate to speeds beyond 100 mph.
Her son was the first to break the news to Denise as she made it to the finish line, telling her “You got it, 100 percent!”
“It was a crazy wild ride to 183.9 mph, but so worth the sacrifice and years of focus on becoming the fastest human on a bicycle in the world”, Mueller said after breaking the world record.