French Woman Sets New World Record at 2010 Speed Challenge

Battle Mountain, NV, Sept. 15 –French recumbent bicycle racer Barbara Buatois (Varna) broke her own world record today, recording a top speed of 75.69 mph/121.81 kmh during Wednesday afternoon speed runs at the 2010 Hydrive Energy Drink World Human Powered Speed Challenge. The 33 year-old, from Oullins, Rhone, France is also the current holder of the women’s hour record (52.2077 miles/84.0204 kilometres) set in July of 2009 at the Ford Automotive test track in Detroit, Michigan, USA, and the fourth fastest self-propelled human ever, according to official IHPVA (International Human Powered Vehicle Association) records.

Buatois’ other accomplishments include first place in the women’s solo division of the 2010 RAAM (Race Across America), first place at the 2009 and 2007 World Recumbent championships, and numerous other podium finishes in recumbent races dating back to 2004. For more information on Buatois, please visit her website:

With three more days of racing still to go, both Buatois and the current men’s record holder Sam Whittingham (also Team Varna) stand a very good chance of breaking their records yet again.

For event pictures, complete results, and listings of all the competitors at this year’s event please visit:

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