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Gissy did not have to pedal the hydrogen-peroxide-powered bike, which gained speed faster than a Ferrari. Credit: Exotic Thermo Engineering/Facebook

Francois Gissy broke his own world speed cycling record on November 7, hitting 207 mph in 4.8 seconds on a rocket-powered bike. In his previous attempt, in 2013, he reached 163 mph on a similar bike.

“I’m lucky my head is still bolted on the body,” he told Gizmag of this year’s ride, explaining that riding so fast on a bicycle without aerodynamic features is a “true challenge.”

Gissy’s no-pedaling-required bike features a rocket built by Swiss company Exotic Thermal Engineering. He already has plans for an even more powerful machine, to be called “Spine Crusher,” which would in theory reach 249 mph in less than two seconds.

Great power requires financial backing, which presented a small setback for Gissy this year. Watch company Hublot, which sponsored Gissy’s 2013 run, was not involved this time for reasons the Frenchman could not elaborate on. “Ask them yourself; maybe they will give you the answer we are still waiting for,” he told Gizmag. If Hublot had been involved, he added, the bike might have been “three to four times more powerful as it is today.”