You may have seen our recent articles supporting Mat Dibb to set a new electric bike world record on the IOM... Well last weekend Mat set off to attempt the fastest man round the Isle of Man TT mountain bike course.
Mat, who suffers from chronic kidney disease, will soon require a transplant.
Mat came up with the idea of riding the Isle of Man TT mountain bike course on an electric bike to raise money for South West Thames Kidney Fund & also set a new world record at the same time! You can read the opening article here.
The original record was set by Conor Cummins. Conor completed the course in 2 hours 41 minutes. This included stopping along the way for a cup of tea at his mums house. Something that Mat replicated on the new record challenge.
On the 14th September 2014 Mat set off to the Isle of Man, with his support team & electric bike with a goal to become a new Guinness World Record Holder.
We are pleased to announce that Mat completed the course in a staggeringly low time of 1 hour 28 minutes. That smashes the previous record by over an hour!.. Very impressed!
Here Mat is getting ready and set up to start the World Record Challenge, last few preps, GoPro being mounted ready. Calm before the storm.
Setting off the start line in full anticipation of setting the new Electric Bike World Record!
Mat looking rather serious in mid flow here, full attack position, overtaking the boys in Lycra!
Mat crosses the line in record breaking time! Looking rather exhausted, the first thing to greet him is his son jumping for a big hug, one proud son right there.
The official Guinness World Record lap time now set of 1 Hour 28 minutes & 37 seconds.
A rather happy looking Mat as reality sets in that he's set a new World Record on an Electric Bike
So there we have it - The fastest man round the Isle of Man TT Mountain Bike Course on an electric bike. Mat completed the course on the Bosch powered Moustache Dimanche electric road bike provided by e-bikeshop. Mat told us what he thought about the bike after setting the world record -
"The Moustache Dimanche never missed a beat and without question played a fundamental part in achieving my world record. It's a real wolf in sheep's clothing (a racing sheep!)."
We are privileged to have helped Mat complete his challenge, Mat said -
"It was the outstanding support from e-bikeshop, and the opportunity to discuss technical requirements in finite detail with Martin Brown that brought this world record within reach. The rest was down to me on the day."
Mat actually tracked his route on Strava. This showed just how tough the course was. He travelled a distance of 38.2miles in total covering over 2800 ft of elevation throughout.
The toughest part was the last climb at over 1300 ft of climbing. Of which he got to race back down the other side on this fast electric road bike!
Lets hope the locals don't come chasing as Mat sets 32 new unbeatable king of the mountains during the event! Oooops!
Building up to the event Mat has raised over £1432 with donations still flowing in. Please help Mat to reach his target of £2k raised for South West Kidney Fund.
Don't forget although the event is over you can still show support on the official event facebook page here.