Guy Does 138MPH On A Mountain Bike In French Alps

April 8, 2015


This is a video of French cyclist Eric Barone beating his previous downhill mountain bike speed record by hitting 138.752mph (223.3km/h) on a specially designed bike in the French Alps. Plus he's wearing a speed suit that makes him look like a giant cherry flavored condom. For reference, 138mph is faster than the terminal velocity of a skydiver falling with a belly-down orientation (they top out at around 120mph, falling head-down they can reach 150 - 200mph). Still, as impressive as hitting 138mph on a mountain bike is, I can't help but feel like he cheated by not picking a course through the woods.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Namaste, who's probably gonna whip out the yoga mats at any minute.

  • Bling Nye

    What the f#ck is up with that dude's triceps?!? What kind of strange exercises is he doing to get built like that? ........ f#ckin' weird, man.

  • dougfunnay

    put some rockets on it
    problem solved

    next inane task for four seconds of internet fame please!

  • Zirthran
  • Tyguy

    That is some awful camera work. Thanks for showing me the backs of everyone who is seeing the real action.

  • Dani

    Yes, the video doesn't even show how he stopped the bike or if he shat his pants.

  • Bling Nye

    Right? We didn't even get to see the big pillowy vagina they built that he slammed into to stop his momentum at the end.

  • Tom327Cat

    This. As was once said about NASA, they took the most exciting thing in the world and made it boring. Seriously, if you are going to do something like this, how about taking a moment to figure out how to present it to people.

  • James Mcelroy

    I'm confused as to where the skill comes into play? This guy has some guts, but it looks like he just put on his cherry condom suit and coasted down a mountain on a special the skill in not falling down? Not dying? Can anyone 'splain me?

  • CarlosHu3

    I am not really sure if this is the same guy but, there was another video of a person who had attempted this same feet off the edge of a volcano. Didn't go well at all, the bike disintegrated due to bad construction on the bike itself and he tumbled all the way down resulting of broken bones. if this is that same person then definitely this was his second attempt and succeeded. Good for him!

  • grimbldoo

    If you let the bike tilt or the wheel turn too much, you can say goodbye to your life.

  • JJtoob

    I figure the skill is precisely in the design of the cherry condom suit and probably the bike as well, just a bit on the rider for not going off course, since at that speed any mistake in steering would cost him time and potentially injury as well. They also imply the conditions weren't great, so winds could slow the descent. Anyone who reads into it would know this record could be broken with the same setup as long as conditions are better, so rest assured they'll try this again soon.

  • the antagonist

    Not to take away from the rider, as I'm sure this took balls of steel, along with solid reflexes and core strength. But with most land, and air, speed records, the skill, and benefit, is more in the engineering behind the craft than in the pilot.

  • Meh

    Pretty lame since he's not not even cycling himself. Might as well be super proud of having yoghurt in the house even if you just get it in the store.

  • JJtoob

    Haha, I suppose by cycling you mean he's not pedaling, and is being helped to put on his gear. But I can tell he can barely move in that suit, and pedaling at that speed is really pointless.

  • Bling Nye

    It's those f#cking triceps man, he's working out wrong.

  • Koolhaas

    why don't they show him stopping? Something is fishy...

  • Forgoten Null

    I know! It's almost like this camera man is an inexperienced amateur!

    This requires further investigation...

  • JJtoob

    I don't think it's that fishy, but I would have liked to see that too.

  • Bling Nye

    It was a giant pillowy vagina they built that he slammed into to slow his momentum. So... no, it was pretty fishy.

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