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Watch: Éric Barone sets new downhill record of 227kmh

Josh Cunningham
20 Mar 2017

56-year-old 'Red Baron' rides mountain bike down a snow piste to break his own world record

Éric Barone has broken the record for riding downhill on a mountain bike, notching a top speed of 227.720 km/h (141.498 mph) as he descended a snow piste in the French ski resort of Vars.

The 56-year-old Frenchman, nicknamed 'The Red Baron', broke his own record of 223.3 Km/h (138.75 mph), which he set on the same course in 2015, to retain the title of fastest ever down hill record, despite suffering a huge speed wobble mid-way through the attempt.

Barone used a modified full-suspesion mountain bike, using carbon shells to increase the bike's aerodynamics, as well as a specially-made suit and aero head cover.

He is a former stunt double to both Sylvester Stallone and Jean Claude Van Damme, and as well as holding the record for a down hill descent on snow, Barone also holds the record for a descent on gravel of 172 kph, which he set on the Cerro Negro volcano in Nicaragua.

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