Wednesday, 16 August 2017

On a back wheel @ 210mph+ for a kilometre - Wheelie World Championship

It is that time again for the Motorcycle Wheelie World Championship. To remind you the rider that travels the fastest, over 210MPH, for a kilometre wheelie wins. The 2016 winner Egbert van Popta. (Holland) did 213 MPH. It is atElvington Airfield, North Yorkshire, England on Aug. 19th and 20th.

Up to 30 top competitors from the USA, UK, France, Holland and Ireland will be competing for the world title. Success depends on exclusively the rider’s high-level skill, which is used to control the speed and balance of the motorcycle. This is no mean feat as some of these retro fitted machines are the most powerful in the world.

Also at this event will be the Worlds first Official Monowheel Exhibition which is the biggest selection of hand-built mono wheel monocycles. These unique machines will be on display and ridden all weekend at the Motorcycle Wheelie World Championship.

In addition the 'Fastest Shed' in the world will stop off during its attempt a establishing a world record driving from Lands End to John O'Groats and back.

View photos wheelie, monowheel and Fastest Shed photo here

View a video of the 2016 winner of the Motorcycle Wheelie World Championship who did 213mph kilometre wheelie

The participants will ride very powerful customised motorbikes with some rated at 450 horsepower if turbo charged viewed by thousands of spectators. The winner and world record holder will be the fastest to complete a kilometre in the wheelie position. Success depends on the rider’s high level skill to control the speed and balance of the motorcycle as no electronic or mechanical aids can be used.

The World Wheelie Championship is organised by Straightliners and takes place at Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire, England. Straightliners is affiliated to the Auto-Cycle Union (ACU) and the International Organisation of Professional Drivers (IOPD). Rider participation including record ratification and timing is administered by to UK Timing Association (UKTA). Both Straightliners and UKTA were set up by renowned motorcycle racer Trevor Duckworth.

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