Fred Rompelberg

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Fred Rompelberg in 1979

Fred Rompelberg (born 30 October 1945 in Maastricht) is a Dutch cyclist who is mainly known for taking several attempts to break the Absolute World Speed Record Cycling. On 3 October 1995 he cycled behind a motor dragster on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, with a speed of 268.831 kilometers an hour (167.044 mph). He beat the previous record of 245 km/h held by John Howard which was obtained in 1985 at the same location in Utah. The relevant world record was broken anew in 2018 by Denise Mueller-Korenek who reached a speed of 296.009 km/h.[1]

During the seventies, eighties and nineties, Rompelberg was mostly active as a stayer. Among his victories was the Dutch Championship in 1977.

Nowadays Rompelberg is into cycling holidays on Majorca, Spain. He is married and has two daughters.[2]

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  1. ^ "Cycling land speed record smashed on Bonneville Salt Flats". BikeRadar. Retrieved 2018-09-17.
  2. ^ Official web site.