The rider that travels the fastest, over 217MPH, for a kilometre wheelie wins. The 2017 winner Ted Brady (Ireland) did 217 MPH. Up to 30 top competitors from the USA, UK, France, Holland and Ireland will be competing for the world title.
The winner and world record holder will be the fastest to complete a kilometre in the wheelie position. Success depends on the rider’s high level skill to control the speed and balance of the motorcycle as no electronic or mechanical aids can be used. This is no mean feat as some of these retro fitted machines are the most powerful in the world. The participants will ride customised motorbikes some rated at 450 horsepower.
The World Wheelie Championship is organised by Straightliners and takes place at Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire, England. Straightliners is affiliated to the Auto-Cycle Union (ACU) and the International Organisation of Professional Drivers (IOPD).
Rider participation including record ratification and timing is administered by to UK Timing Association (UKTA). Both Straightliners and UKTA were set up by renowned motorcycle racer Trevor Duckworth.
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