British cyclist smashes world speed record

Britain's Neil Campbell, riding a custom-built bike, which was pulled to speed by a Porsche Cayenne before being released, has achieved a world speed record of 174mph.

The record attempt over a distance of 656 feet (200 metres) on a runway at Elvington Airfield in Yorkshire was monitored by independent adjudicators and timekeepers.

Dutchman Fred Rompelberg was the previous record holder, reaching 166.9 mph (268.831 km per hour) in 1995.

Campbell, an architect by day, is no stranger to setting records - he broke his own European motor-paced record last year, clocking a speed of 149 mph (239.8 km per hour).

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