Eric "The Red Baron" Barone set a world speed record on a serial production mountain bike this month, blazing down the slopes of a French ski resort at 135 mph.
Barone, 52, topped the previous world record of 130 mph, but he fell 3 mph short of the world record for speed on a mountain bike prototype set in 2000.
While attempting to break the world record for speed on gravel in 2002, he hit 107 mph at the Cerro Negro Volcano in Nicaragua before his front fork collapsed. He suffered only broken ribs and other minor injuries in the crash.
"I feel a huge sense of relief. I have reached my personal goal," Barone told BikeRadar. "I have been living with the big crash for more than 10 years and today I got some closure at last."
Support Outside Online
Our mission to inspire readers to get outside has never been more critical. In recent years, Outside Online has reported on groundbreaking research linking time in nature to improved mental and physical health, and we’ve kept you informed about the unprecedented threats to America’s public lands. Our rigorous coverage helps spark important debates about wellness and travel and adventure, and it provides readers an accessible gateway to new outdoor passions. Time outside is essential—and we can help you make the most of it. Making a financial contribution to Outside Online only takes a few minutes and will ensure we can continue supplying the trailblazing, informative journalism that readers like you depend on. We hope you’ll support us. Thank you.