Spectacular footage of Mark Cavendish breaking the ton on the TT course has gone online.
Admittedly, that’s 100 kilometres per hour rather than miles per hour but it is on a bicycle, completed on closed roads, filmed and timed by a following car.
The stunt was promoted by Jaguar Cars as part of a series of events run by its sports academy, for which Mark Cavendish is an ambassador.
A spokesman for the academy, which supports promising up and coming sportsmen and women, said it had used a section of the TT course from the Bungalow back down into Ramsey – going in the opposite direction to the TT races.
‘He was with us for a few hours and we took photographs, completed the filming and he was also able to spend time coaching triathlete Megan McDonald from Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, on her sprinting technique on a bicycle.’
Mark was able to offer tips on the importance of finding the right gear, achieving the right body position and maintaining unrelenting pace throughout a race.
After the event Mark said: ‘I’d never been on the TT course when it was closed, this was my first time. I’d been buzzing about it for ages.
‘We learned the course and I then rode it on my bike. Both were really exciting.’
Mark’s challenge was to ride that section of the TT coruse as fast as possible hitting the 100km/h target, which he exceeded at 101km/h. The distance covered was around five miles and the descent was 1,200 feet. Time taken was seven minutes 32 seconds.