WATCH: New Mountain Bike Speed Record

Cyclist hits 135 mph

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."

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