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Guy Martin centre stage in new TV series for Channel 4

Isle of Man TT star Guy Martin will attempt to match the adrenalin rush of competing on the public roads in a new four-part TV show for Channel 4, which commences this month
Road racing star Guy Martin's latest TV show commences later this month in a special four-part series on Channel 4 entitled 'Speed'.

The enigmatic Lincolnshire rider claims that nothing can match the adrenalin rush he gets from racing around the Isle of Man TT course at close to 200mph.

So Martin sets out to determine whether or not anything comes close to the buzz of competing on the public roads, taking on a series of speed-based challenges that explore the boundaries of physics and study the science of speed.

Whether it's slip-streaming a racing driver to ride a bicycle at over 100mph using pedal power, or seeing if he can ride a motorbike across a lake, Guy will seek to find out what makes things go fast by getting his hands dirty in a range of unique engineering projects.

Along the way, a number of celebrities well known in the world of speed help him tackle the various challenges.

In his attempt, with the aid of slipstreaming, to break the British record for outright speed on a bicycle - an incredible 110mph - Martin recruits an unlikely team made up of a truck racer, an Olympic gold medallist, a bicycle builder and a design engineer more used to working on next-generation military aircraft.

Together they work out how to modify a 1000 horsepower racing lorry to create a large enough slipstream for Guy to cycle within, and build a unique bicycle gearing system capable of triple figure speeds.

With help from British Olympic track cyclist Laura Trott, he undergoes a relentless training regime to get himself fit enough for the record attempt.

Martin also attempts to ride a motorcycle on water with the help of a Cambridge professor and a team of marine engineers and takes on the challenge of flying using muscle power only in a human-powered aircraft.

In his final daredevil quest, he sets out to break the record for the world's fastest gravity-powered sled.

With the help of the UK's top sports science engineers, athletes and experts in composite engineering, Martin will first build, then try to ride the toboggan on the unforgiving slopes of the Swiss Alps and reclaim the record from a group of thrill-seeking Germans who set it three years ago.

The series begins on Channel 4 on Sunday, December 29 at 8pm.

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December 18, 2013 12:24 PM

Ian, he's won pretty much every uk road race except the TT which he would've arguably won years ago bar a dodgy chain on the Blade. Guy is a fan of engineering, and probably jumped at the chance to make such a cool show, as any engineer would. Racing on roads doesn't pay a great deal and bike racers have short careers like any sportsman so why not consolidate finances while possible? But to ask 'what has he won' shows a complete lack of roads knowledge so your opinions are void I'm afraid mate :-)


December 18, 2013 12:50 PM

Good luck to Guy on this new TV project, this sort of cross over into main stream TV can only be good for the sport.Just like Keith Flint getting involved in national level road and track racing having people from mainstream culture can only bring in new fans . Guy seems a marmite kind of a guy,people either like him or take a big dislike to him. But whatever you think he's good for bike racing .

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