Watch Eric Barone hit 141mph in this incredibly sketchy top speed run

Frenchman tops his own speed record

Eric 'Red Baron' Barone passed the speed trap at an astonishing 227,720 km/h (141.498 mph)

Frenchman Eric Barone has beaten his own downhill speed record by topping 141mph on a ski slope in the French resort of Vars.

Barone, often referred to as ‘the Red Baron’, passed the speed trap at 227,720 km/h (141.498 mph) following a dramatic run that saw Eric and his bike experience obvious stability issues.

The record tops Barone’s previous effort from 2015, which saw him reach 223,3 Km/h (138.75 mph) on the same ski track.

Once a stunt double for actors such as Sylvester Stallone and Jean-Claude Van Damme, Barone has always held a fascination with speed and has been setting bicycle speed records since the early nineties.

Barone also holds the record for the fastest speed achieved travelling downhill on a volcano with a prototype bicycle.

Set back in 2002, Barone was clocked at 172 kilometres per hour (107 mph) while descending the Cerro Negro volcano in Nicaragua. Moments later, Barone’s fork broke away from the frame of his bike causing a shocking crash that you really, really shouldn’t watch if you’re at all squeamish

Oli Woodman

Section Editor, UK
With more than 10 years of experience riding mountain bikes, Oli knows the good from the bad when it comes to gear. He's a total bike nerd and loves few things more than fettling with spangly riding bits. Also, he seems to have a talent for crashing hard but emerging unscathed.
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