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Friday, 21 August 2015

The Motorcycle World Wheelie Championship & Top Speed event 2015




This covers some of the wheelie / top speed action and many weird and wonderful vehicles bidding for UK and world speed records at the 10th Motorcycle World Wheelie Championship. 30 of the worlds top wheelie people competed in the event with representatives from Finland, France, Holland, Ireland, Sweden, UK, US taking part. Thousands of spectators look on as bikers speed on the back wheel for a kilometre bidding to be the wheelie world champion.  The new world wheelie champion is Gary Rothwell from Liverpool who achieved a a speed of just over 197 mph successfully completing the required kilometre length wheelie. Again there were nearly 30 of the worlds top speed riders taking part and the fastest person was the UK's fastest woman Becci Ellis from Scunthorpe, England.  The Motorcycle World Wheelie Championship & Top Speed event 2015 was organised by Trevor Duckworth and the Straightliners Events team. Media enquiries to worldreachpr @ gmail.com

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Winners of the Motorcycle World Wheelie Championship / Top Speed 2015 announced

The Motorcycle Wheelie World Championship / Top Speed event came to a close at 5pm Sunday 16th August 2015 at Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire. England. The over all winner Gary Rothwell from liverpool who achieved a speed of just over 197 mph successfully completing the required kilometre length wheelie.
World Wheelie champ 2015 Gary Rothwell in action (photo Phil Evans)
30 of the worlds top wheelie people competed in the event with representatives from Finland, France, Holland, Ireland, Sweden, UK, US taking part. Thousands of spectators look on as bikers speed on the back wheel for a kilometre bidding to be the wheelie world champion. Here are the exact result of the top three:
  1. Gary Rothwell riding a Hayabusa Turbo 197.879 MPH
  2. Egbert Van Popta from Holland riding a Hayabusa Turbo 195.805 MPH
  3. Paddy O'Sullivan from Ireland riding a Suzuki GSXR 189.822 MPH
Again there were nearly 30 of the worlds top speed riders taking part and the fastest person was the UK's fastest woman Beckie Ellis from Scunthorpe. Here are the results of the top three, all from the UK, riding the most powerful bikes:
  1. Becci Ellis riding a Hayabusa Turbo 259.542 MPH 
  2. Jack Frost based in N. Ireland riding a Hayabusa Turbo 254.457 MPH 
  3. Les Marsh, Europe's fastest grandad biker, from Cleveland riding a Hayabusa Turbo 245.622 MPH
Speed champ 2015 Becci Ellis waiting for the 'off' (photo Phil Evans)

There were a whole range of strange vehicles were put through their paces for the top speed section. They included a jet powered shopping cart, a motorised garden shed, the worlds fastest toilet and one of the most powerful motorbikes in the world at 8,000 CC. The top speeds for some of these unusual vehicles were
  • The motorised, shed designed, built and driven by Kevin Nicks form Oxfordshire did a top speed of 70.7670 MPH
  • The jet powered shopping trolley, designed, built and driven by Matt LcKeown form Plymouth, did a top speed of 55.8575 MPH
  • The Millyard Viper V10 8 driven / rode by Allen Millyard form Berkshire, who took five years and £30,000 to design and build the bike, reached a top speed of 182.511 MPH
There is no official top speed registered for the worlds fastest toilet as it was just taken for a run!

The World Wheelie Championship is organised by Straightliners which is affiliated to the Auto-Cycle Union (ACU) and the International Organisation of Professional Drivers (IOPD). Rider participation including record ratification and timing is administered by to UK Timing Association (UKTA).  Both Straighliners and UKTA were set up by renowned motorcycle racer Trevor Duckworth. You can get more information here http://www.straightliners-events.co.uk/event/events/world-wheelie-event.html

Media enquiries to 
Tom Burns worldreachpr@gmail.com

Some media coverage here


http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/motorbike-championship-hopeful-reveals-marmite-9857167

http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/2015/08/article/2015-motorcycle-world-wheelie-championship-results/

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-33951868

http://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/2015-08-17/70mph-motorised-shed-attempts-world-record-at-elvington/

http://www.darlingtonandstocktontimes.co.uk/news/13600419.Speed_fans_flock_to_Motorcycle_Wheelie_World_Championships_in_York/

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/13600419.Speed_fans_flock_to_Motorcycle_Wheelie_World_Championships_in_York/?ref=rss

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/13600379.Crowds_gather_to_witness_world_speed_records/

https://motortorque.org/articles/gardener-completes-attempt-to-break-world-record-for-fastest-shed/5

http://motorbikewriter.com/new-world-wheelie-champ-reaches-197mph/   

http://www.pocklingtonpost.co.uk/news/local/a-wheelie-great-event-1-7415724

http://www.mototriti.gr/data/news/preview_news/10o-Pagkosmio-Prwtathlhma-Soyzas_106314.asp

Monday, 27 July 2015

Motorbike rider preparing for World Wheelie Championship 2015



Riding on the back wheel for a kilometer at over 190mph for a kilometer is the goal of motorcycles bidding to be the wheelie world champion. This can be seen over and over again at the 10th World Wheelie Championship set to take place at Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire, England on the 15th. & 16th. August 2015 organised by Straightliners. Up to 30 top competitors from the USA, UK, France, Holland and Ireland will be competing for the world title. Success depends on exclusively the rider’s high-level skill, which is used to control the speed and balance of the motorcycle. This is no mean feat as some of these retro fitted machines are the most powerful in the world. You can get more information here http://www.straightliners-events.co.u... HD version available and edia enquiries to worldreachpr @ gmail.com

Monday, 20 July 2015

On the back wheel for a kilometre at 190mph+ the goal of motorbike wheelie world champions

Riding on the back wheel for a kilometre at over 190mph for a kilometre is the goal of motorcycles bidding to be the wheelie world champion. This can be seen over and over again at the 10th World Wheelie Championship set to take place in England in mid-August. Up to 30 top competitors from the USA, UK, France, Holland and Ireland will be competing for the world title. Success depends on exclusively the rider’s high-level skill, which is used to control the speed and balance of the motorcycle. This is no mean feat as some of these retro fitted machines are the most powerful in the world.

Thousands of spectators are expected at the motorcycle World Wheelie Championship that takes place on August 15th. and 16th. in England. The participants will ride very powerful customised motorbikes with some rated at 450 horsepower if turbo charged viewed by thousands of spectators. The winner and world record holder will be the fastest to complete a kilometre in the wheelie position. Success depends on the rider’s high level skill to control the speed and balance of the motorcycle as no electronic or mechanical aids can be used.
Tony Robinson on a Harley Davidson at Elvington Airfield, Nth. Yorkshire (Naomi Fountain) 

The top wheelie riders at the event will be current record holder Egbert Van-popta from Holland who achieved 199mph wheelie in 2015. Also present will be Ted Brady from Ireland who is the second fastest and who is expected to speedy down the runway at over 190mph. Representing GB will be Dave 'Dodge' Rogers, previous World Wheelie Champion, who conceived and is the original driving force behind the World Wheelie Championship.

The World Wheelie Championship is organised by Straightliners and takes place at Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire, England. Straightliners is affiliated to the Auto-Cycle Union (ACU) and the International Organisation of Professional Drivers (IOPD). Rider participation including record ratification and timing is administered by to UK Timing Association (UKTA).  Both Straighliners and UKTA were set up by renowned motorcycle racer Trevor Duckworth.

Speaking about the World Wheelie Championship ‘Dodge’ said “In the early days of wheelie world records it was dominated by an elite few with high powered turbo bikes. Working with Straighliners we wanted to also involve the average guy on his sports bike. The rules for the World Wheelie Championship has achieved this by attracting serious motorcycle riders from all walks of life.”

Media enquiries to Tom Burns worldreachpr@gmail.com

Friday, 12 June 2015

Video report stage 1 of the Alpen Tour Trophy UCI mountain bike race in Austria



Alpen Tour Trophy UCI mountain bike stage race (MTB) in Schladming, Austria 11 June 2015. Almost 360 of the worlds top riders from 32 countries started the first of four stages. This first stage is one of the toughest as riders have to tackle 2,900m of elevation, the highest point is 2,000m, spread over 59 km.  Media enquiries to worldreachpr @ gmail.com

Sunday, 31 May 2015

7,500 mile open cockpit record breaking flight for aviation adventurer heading across N. America & Atlantic

Like the first days of flying with limited instruments and the wind in your hair

International aviation adventurer and world record holder Norman Surplus plans to fly his gyrocopter registered G-YROX (aka “Roxy”) 7,500 mile flight across the North America and the Atlantic. In his open cockpit, slow flying and with limited range/ instruments this aircraft it is like flying back in the pioneering early days of flight with the wind literally on your face and in your hair. Norman has already traversed 18 countries, crossed forest fires, severe thunderstorms, arid deserts, even a dip in a Thai lake and then hit the Russian wall. The security authorities prevented him flying there despite three years of asking but now this intrepid pilot will be able to fly on into much friendlier airspace. He will stop off in 14 states in the US and will attempt to set a number of FAI world records on the way.  Norman is promoting awareness of bowel cancer, while traveling, as a result of his own direct experience of battling with the condition..


As a result of his flight half way around the world, Norman is a nine times Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) World Record holder. Together with his record setting gyrocopter he will depart Oregon on the US west coast to start a world record 7,500 mile flight across the US, Canada and Nth. Atlantic on the 1st of June 2015.  

With the aircraft's open cockpit design the pilot is exposed to the elements, slow flying, with limited range and no autopilot, it is like “flying by the seat of the pants”.  It is reminiscent of the pioneering world of the 1920’s and 30’s, back in the very early days of powered flight. Norman has already flown into and crossed the UK, France, Italy, Greece, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Oman, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines and Japan. On his way he crossed forest fires in Myanmar, severe thunderstorms over the Saudi Arabian desert, several unscheduled off airfield landings and even a dip in a Thai lake.

He started out in N. Ireland in 2010 heading eastbound around the globe, but then got stuck in Japan for three years while Russian authorities would not allow his UK registered aircraft into their airspace. 
Green entrepreneur, cancer survivor, 20 year volunteer Coxswain for the RNLI (the UK sea rescue service) and father of two Norman (52) from N. Ireland. 

Because of his own experience of bowel cancer in 2003/04 Norman has promoted awareness of the issue on his travels.  This has included giving lectures and using every media opportunity to raise the issue. In fact during his recovery from bowel cancer Norman first came across the unique little aircraft, the gyrocopter, and the rest as they say is history…. To date G-YROX is and remains the furthest flown Autogyro aircraft in History

Speaking about the flight Norman said “It is not always the real, physical, hurdles of the flight that have posed the greatest threat to the adventure - although there have been plenty of those - often the major hurdles remain largely bureaucratic. Having said this in the US it is an aviators dream. What ever the challenges, in times of doubt I can always recall how my situation was back in 2003/04 when I was dealing with a very different set of procedures, the outcome of which was equally uncertain, namely bowel cancer surgery and chemotherapy. The absolute uncertainty I felt in those months during treatment by far outweighs any uncertainty I may feel about any bureaucratic delays that occur today. I shall remain consistently happy just to be here at all.”  

Norman will depart McMinnville Municipal Airport (KMMV), Oregon, USA in the morning of June 1st. 2015. The actual record attempt will start from close by the Pacific coast at Tillamook Airport (KTMK), Oregon, USA. He will travel over Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Maine, Massachusetts and Maine. Departure day is subject to suitable weather conditions and all necessary flight permits from the US FAA and UK CAA

Here are links the various bits of coverage about the launch of Norman's adventure in the US.









www.gulf-times.com/.../Daily%20newspaper_2015_06_07_000000.pdf






Media enquiries to: Tom Burns worldreachpr@gmail.com