Pop a wheelie at over 200 mph? Tricky. Keep it up for over one kilometre? Nuts!
Over 30 like-minded wheelie experts from across the world will be descending upon Elvington Airfield in North Yorkshire, UK this weekend August 19th and 20th, for the Motorcycle World Wheelie World Championships.
Last year, the event was won by Dutch single-wheel-riding-king Egbert Van Popta (Ed: Van Popta Frontwheel surely?) who managed to run the full kilometre whilst achieving a whopping – and frankly terrifying- 213 mph. It’s an incredible display of speed and balance control.
But what about this year?
Well, the riders will – as every year – be on very powerful and highly customised motorbikes, all popping wheelies in front of thousands of spectators. The winner and ultimate world record holder will be the fastest to complete a kilometre in the wheelie position. And success (or failure) is based purely upon the rider’s level of skill and control because no electronic or mechanical aids can be used.
Oh, and apparently the the ‘Fastest Shed’ in the world will stop off during its attempt at establishing a world record by driving from Lands End to John O’Groats and back. (Nope, us neither).