The formidable record of Fred Rompelberg and its development.  
On this page you can read all about Fred Rompelbergís exceptional world record on a bicycle.
World Record  

Fred Rompelberg,
Maastricht, the Netherlands,
eldest professional cyclist in the world,
current holder of the Absolute Speed World Record Cycling
with 268,831 km/h.

    Fred Rompelberg during his record run behind a dragster on the dried-up salt lake near Salt Lake City

    The photo shows Fred during his successful world record attempt on 1995-10-03 on his special bicycle behind a dragster of the Strasburg Drag Racing Team on a dried up salt lake, the so called Salt Flats at Bonneville near Salt Lake City in the federal state of Utah in the USA.
     
    The exactly measured speed was 268,831 km/h.
     
    A sponsor promised a considerable dollar amount for a successful attack on this record. The time is Fredís greatest opponent in connection with that.  
 
World Record Bicycle  

The World Record Bicycle

The special world record bicycle of Fred Rompelberg with front double transmission

Specifications of bicycle and pace car
Bicycle

Rider:              Fred Rompelberg, Maastricht, The Netherlands;
                       age 49(1995), height 6 ft, weight 170 lb;
                       married, two children;
                       current holder of 10 various bicycle world records.
Design:           Dave Tesch, San Diego, San Marcas CA.
Built by:          Dave Tesch, San Diego, San Marcas CA.
Cost:              US $ 12,000.-.
Gears:            Double reduction gearing,
                       primary built by Cook Brothers,
                       70 / 13 teeth - 60 / 15 teeth,
                       covering 114,2 ft distance with one pedal system rotation
                       (fourfold of a normal 10-speed gearing).
Wheelbase:    57 in (average of a normal race bike is about 40 in).
Saddle:           Leather, manufactured by Brooks.
Brake:             Shimano "Cantilever" type on rear wheel only.
Fork:               Special Italian racing fork,
                       designed to provide suspension travel at high speeds.
Steering
dampener:      Motorcycle type.
Wheels:          Special aluminium rims, - hubs and - spokes;
                       18 in diameter for lower centre of gravity
                       (average of a normal race bike is 27 in).
Tires:              V-rated motorcycle road racing slicks,
                       capable for more than 150 mph.
Weight:          Total of 43 lb.
 
Pace car

Crew:             Strasburg Racing / Strasburg Brothers.
Driver:            Jeff Strasburg, Jeff set a record of 255.985 mph
                       at the Bonneville Salt Flats with a race car.
Body:              Lakester, converted from a 1990 fuel dragster.
Engine:           476 in3 V8-cylinder "big-block" fuel-injected Chevrolet
                       fuelled by methanol, with approximately 800 hp,
                       approximately 6,000 rpm at 175 mph.
Tires:              The car has been equipped with Bonneville land speed tires.
Wheelbase:    262 in.
Transmission: By PRTC Transmissions with a 3.25 rear axle ratio.
Fairing:           Designed and built to exacting aerodynamic specifications
                       by Strasburg and Burkland Builders
                       for the purpose of creating a slipstream.
Paint:             The paint shown on the photo by Brett Gilbert.
Testing:          Bonneville Salt Flats, summer 1994,
                       Doug Mayor - USFRA timer -
                       ľ mile 131.81 mph; 1st mile 139.41 mph;
                       2nd mile 166.711 mph; 3rd mile 173.756 mph; 
                       course exit speed 174.79 mph,
                       Compulink 3 timing system.
 
The Strasburg Racing-Team assisted in the record for the fastest race cyclist of the world,
1995 the record of Fred Rompelberg
was noted in the Guinness Book of Records,
record speed: 166.944 mph.
 
Record Overview  

The chart below shows the development of the speed record of cyclists behind different vehicles as pacemaker since 1936. The dates are not arranged chronologically to make visible different country -, continental - and world records.

Speed(km/h)

  Speed   (mph)

 Name

sec/mile

sec/km

Date

Place

Type of pacing

268,831

166,944

Fred Rompelberg NL

21,56

13,39

03-10-1995

Bonneville USA

Auto

245,077

152,316

John Howard USA

23,64

14,69

20-07-1985

Bonneville USA

Auto

223,126

138,674

Alan Abott USA

25,96

16,13

25-08-1973

Bonneville USA

Auto

212,377

131,993

Fred Rompelberg NL

27,28

16,95

22-10-1988

Bonneville USA

Auto

210,525

130,842

Fred Rompelberg NL

27,52

17,10

23-10-1988

Bonneville USA

Auto

208,105

129,338

Fred Rompelberg NL

27,83

17,30

22-10-1988

Bonneville USA

Auto

204,778

127,270

Josť Meiffret F

 28,29

17,58

19-07-1962

Freiburg D

Auto

202,292

125,725

Fred Rompelberg NL

28,64

17,80

15-10-1988

Bonneville USA

Auto

200,057

124,336

Fred Rompelberg NL

28,96

17,99

14-10-1988

Bonneville USA

Auto

193,879

120,508

Fred Rompelberg NL

29,88

18,57

22-10-1988

Bonneville USA

Auto

186,625

115,988

Josť Meiffret F

31,04

19,29

12-11-1961

Lahr D

Auto

178,926

111,203

Josť Meiffret F

32,37

20,12

12-11-1961

Lahr D

Auto

176,557

109,371

Josť Meiffret F

32,92

20,39

02-11-1951

 St.Elix (N125) F

Auto

176,500

109,695

Josť Meiffret F

32,82

20,4

29-09-1961

Lahr D

Auto

175,609

109,142

Josť Meiffret F

32,98

20,50

13-10-1951

St.Elix (N125) F

Auto

175,416

109,022

Fred Rompelberg NL

33,03

20,52

02-10-1988

Bonneville USA

Auto

175,353

108,983

Alfred Letourneur F

33,03

20,53

17-05-1941

Bakersfield USA

Auto

166,102

103,233

Fred Rompelberg NL

34,88

21,67

22-10-1988

Bonneville USA

Auto

154,506

  96,026

Karl Heinz Kramer D

 37,49

23,30

12-10-1950

Grenzlandring D

Motorcycle

153,256

  95,249

Jean-Claude Rude F

 37,80

23,49

12-06-1979

 Pouilly (A6) F

Motorcycle

148,251

  92,139

Fred Rompelberg NL

39,08

24,28

22-10-1988

Bonneville USA

Auto

147,058

  91,397

Alfred Letourneur F

2.5 km 1,012

24,48

22-10-1938

Monthlery F

Motorcycle

146,341

  90,952

Josť Meiffret F

39,58

24,60

27-10-1973

Miramas F

Motorcycle

144,578

  89,856

Josť Meiffret F

40,06

24,90

27-10-1973

Miramas F

Motorcycle

144,325

  89,699

Fred Rompelberg NL

40,14

24,94

02-10-1988

Bonneville USA

Auto

139,902

  86,950

Albert Marquet F

41,03

25,73

12-04-1937

Los Angeles USA

Auto

139,500

  86,700

Josť Meiffret F

41,52

25,81

05-10-1950

Duisburg D

Motorcycle

139,500

  86,700

Karl Heinz Kramer D

41,52

25,81

12-10-1950

Grenzlandring D

Motorcycle

137,404

  85,397

Georges Paillard F

2.5 km 1,055

26,20

29-03-1937

Monthlery F

Motorcycle

133,000

  82,660

Gustave Ganay F

43,55

27,07

07-04-1905

Daytona Beach USA

Auto

129,524

  80,500

Franck Bartell

44,72

27,79

01-02-1937

Daytona Beach USA

Auto

128,205

  79,680

Alexis Blanc-Garin F

2.5 km 1,102

28,08

21-10-1933

Monthlery F

Motorcycle

119,677

  74,380

William Peden USA

48,04

30,08

01-11-1931

Minneapolis USA

Motorcycle

109,113

  67,814

Josť Meiffret F

1 hour

32,99

27-10-1973

Miramas F

Motorcycle

105,859

  65,792

Karl Heinz Kramer D

1 hour

34,01

28-06-1950

Grenzlandring D

Motorcycle

104,880

  65,183

Josť Meiffret F

1 hour

34,32

07-02-1950

Grenzlandring D

Motorcycle

101,780

  63,257

Charles Murphy USA

56,91

35,37

28-06-1899

Long Island USA

Lokomotive

100,000

  62,150

Georges Paillard F

 57,92

36,00

29-09-1936

Paris Parc des Pr's F

Motorcycle

96,540

  60,000

E.E. Hendersen USA

60,00

37,29

10-03-1905

Saint Louis USA

Lokomotive

96,479

  59,962

Georges Paillard F

60,04

37,31

10-06-1949

Bordeaux-Bayonne F

Motorcycle

94,240

  58,571

Walter Lohman D

61,46

38,20

24-10-1955

Wuppertal D

Motorcycle

87,918

  54,641

Josť Meiffret F

65,97

40,95

07-09-1949

Toulouse F

Motorcycle

86,449

 53,728

Fred Rompelberg NL

1 hour

 41,64

30-10-1986

Moscou RUS

Motorcycle

82,330

  51,168

Gabriel Claverio F

70,36

43,73

02-12-1940

Bordeaux-Bayonne F

Motorcycle

75,845

  47,138

Georges Paillard F

76,37

47,47

01-10-1937

Chartres-Paris F

Motorcycle

67,246

  41,794

Charles Pelissier F

86,14

53,53

29-10-1936

Mortagne-Paris F

Motorcycle

 
Guinness Book  

Fred Rompelbergís Absolute Speed World Record Cycling on 1995-10-03 was documented in the Guinness Book of Records. A copy of this document is mentioned below.

World record headword of Fred Rompelberg in the Guinness Book of Records

 
Record Fred  

 
Former President  
Fred received an exceptional support for his firstly planned and after all successfully finished world record attempt by the former Prime Minister of the Netherlands Andreas van Agt.

A copy of a letter of him in his capacity as Ambassador of the Delegation of the Commission of the European Communities with a reference to the planned record attempt is mentioned below.

Supporting letter of the former Dutch prime minister Andreas van Agt for Fred Rompelberg

 
Strasburg Team  

During his world record on a dried up American salt lake Fred was supported by the Strasburg Drag Racing-Team.

Strasburg Racing Team