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Austrian biker cycles down volcano at 102 mph, breaks world record!

London , Mon, 20 Jun 2011 ANI

London, June 20 (ANI): A daredevil mountain biker from Austria has set a new world record for speed by cycling down the side of Nicaragua's 2388 ft Cerro Negro volcano at over 100 mph.


Markus Stockl, who already holds the speed record for riding down an icy mountainside slope, hit a top speed of 102 mph - smashing the previous record held by Eric Barone.


Wearing just a thin Lycra suit and a specially adapted, aerodynamic crash helmet, professional downhill racer, the daredevil biker navigated the volcano's notorious shifting gravel and ash surface to claim the record - but had to do it twice after the recording equipment failed.


"On the first record attempt a strong wind was rattling the speed recording system attached to the bike and it recorded an error," the Daily Mail quoted Stockl as saying.


"So I had to climb back up the volcano and do it again - thankfully it worked out fine and we had the record.


The Austrian pro biker, who is nicknamed Hercules, bought his first bike aged 15 - only to find out it had no suspension.


But on May 31, the 36-year-old sped down the volatile volcano's 45-degree slope on a bike built from parts totalling thousands of pounds.


His next goal he says is "to break the snow record for special bikes with an stock bike." (ANI)


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