Riding on the back wheel for a kilometre at over 190mph for a kilometre is the goal of motorcycles bidding to be the wheelie world champion. This can be seen over and over again at the 11th World Wheelie Championship set to take place on August 20th and 21st. Up to 30 top competitors from the USA, UK, France, Holland and Ireland will be competing for the world title. Success depends on exclusively the rider’s high-level skill, which is used to control the speed and balance of the motorcycle. This is no mean feat as some of these retro fitted machines are the most powerful in the world.
Gary Rothwell winner of the World Wheelie Championship 2015 (photo Andy Menzies)
Thousands of spectators are expected at the motorcycle World Wheelie Championship. The participants will ride very powerful customised motorbikes with some rated at 450 horsepower if turbo charged viewed by thousands of spectators. 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.
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).