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!