STUNT rider Ian Drummond is making his way into the record books again.
The Houghton 31-year-old was at Monkton Stadium on Monday attempting to break three Guinness World Records.
Ian, who is part of the 3sixty bicycle stunt team, has been a professional rider for more than 10 years.
He was attempting to break the record for the quickest wheelie over 100 metres, which stood at 14.9 seconds, and the longest manual wheelie, which means he can’t pedal, which stands at 209 metres.
Ian also attempted to complete the longest ghost ride – a stunt which sees the cyclist jump from his bike and let it travel for a distance before jumping back on. The record stands at 50 metres.
Straightaway, he smashed the record for the quickest wheelie, completing it in just 13.7 seconds.
But unfortunately, due to weather conditions, he was unable to make an official attempt at the other two records.
He said: “The wind and the rain prevented me from trying the manual wheelie and the ghost ride, but I’m so happy to come away knowing that I’ve got one of them.
“My goal this year was to get five world records and I’ve already got four, so my aim was to definitely get one and any others would have just been a bonus.
“We haven’t really had a summer this year, so to get five records through the wind and rain is a great feeling. I couldn’t ask for more.”
The records Ian holds are the highest drop on to a target – a 3.3 metre drop on to a 4ins target –the longest bunny hop gap at 4.7 metres, the highest 180-degree spinning bunny hop at one metre and the most consecutive bunny hops at 100 metres.
Ian said: “I chose to come to Monkton Stadium for these attempts because everything is so precise and has to be measured properly, and at an athletic track, a lot of that is already done for you.
“It’s a great local venue, and I wanted to do this here for them as well.”
Because a representative from Guinness World Records was not on site, Ian has filmed his attempt and sent it away to the authority.
He will have to wait up to eight weeks to find out if he has been awarded the record.
CALLS have been made to honour a North East cyclist.
Miner’s son Tom Simpson, originally from Haswell, was Britain’s first road race champion, won an Olympic bronze medal and became BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1965.
He died aged 29, on Mont Ventoux during the Tour de France in 1967.
An inquest found he had taken amphetamine and alcohol.
However, it has since been argued that role the substances played in his death has been exaggerated.
There are memorials to Simpson elsewhere in the UK, but his nephew Chris Sidwells believes County Durham should honour him.
“I think something in Haswell would be a great thing to do.
“Right now Britain is the leading cycling nation.”