Mr. Murphy attained this speed pedaling behind a train - at that time, the fastest moving machine was a locomotive. A special platform was built on the back of a railway car to hold the officials who would record the feat and this special construction would also create a vacuum for Mr. Murphy to ride inside.
Maybe I don't understand all the scientific principles involved but it seems to me that Mile A Minute Murphy was drafting the train and that was how he was able, on what appears to have been a fixed gear bike, to achieve such a great speed.
|Roy's photo of me climbing Anarchist Mtn.|
The fastest I've gone is 50 km. per hour which translates to half of what Monsieur Murphy accomplished so long ago. It pales in comparison - however that speed for me had "pucker-factor". My friend Roy and I had spent the whole day climbing Anarchist Mountain and now we were at the long downhill switchback that leads to Rock Creek, B.C. I prepared by unzipping my cycling jacket so that it would act as a parachute (just like the drag racers) and slow me down. My concern was that due to fatigue, I would make a misjudgment and have a high speed crash. Roy - nervy guy that he is raced down the hill and hit at least 60 km. an hour. My other cycling friend Perry tells me of a time he hit 70 km. and hour which translates to too fast for me!