World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Sam Whittingham

Article Id: WHEBN0000194958
Reproduction Date:

Title: Sam Whittingham  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Hour record (recumbents), Jan Bos, Recumbent bicycle, Speed, History of the bicycle
Collection: Canadian Male Cyclists, Living People, Year of Birth Missing (Living People)
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Sam Whittingham

Sam Whittingham is a Canadian cyclist who has held several world records on recumbent bicycles.

As of 2009, he holds the following world records under the sanction of the International Human Powered Vehicle Association:

  • The 200 m flying start (single rider, World Human Powered Speed Challenge, Battle Mountain, NV): 133.284 km/h (82.819 mph) on 2009-09-18.
  • First unpaced cyclist ever to break the deci-mach mark (1/10 the speed of sound, World Human Powered Speed Challenge, Battle Mountain, NV): 132.50 km/h (82.33 mph) on 2008-09-18. To date, only one other person (Sebastiaan Bowier) has accomplished this milestone.
  • The 1000 m flying start (single rider): 128.40 km/h (79.79 mph) on 2001-10-06.
  • The 1 mile flying start (single rider): 126.55 km/h (78.64 mph) on 2001-10-06.
  • The hour record: 90.724 km (56.373 mi) on 2009-07-17.[1]

In 1993 he also held the record for the 200 m flying start (multiple rider).

Sam Whittingham is founder, designer and builder for Naked Bicycles, a custom bicycle and accessory fabrication company based on Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada. The company was originally named Forte bicycles before a name change in April 2006.

Whittingham won the President's Award, the People's Choice Award and the Best of Show Award at the 2008 North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Portland, Oregon with an ornate fixed-gear bicycle that blended 1890s-style wooden rims and grips with modern hubs and a front disk brake. This bike was then sold to Lance Armstrong.

Sam Whittingham is the grandson of screenwriter Jack Whittingham, who wrote the first James Bond screenplay.[2]

He currently resides on Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada with his family of four. One of whom attends the University of Victoria.

See also

External links

  • Naked Custom Bicycles, founded by Sam Whittingham
  • Fastest Bicycles: Top Speed and One Hour
  • World Human Powered Speed Challenge 2010 Battle Mountain Performances List – updated frequently
  • Varna Cycles, manufacturer of world record setting vehicle


  1. ^ Official Speed Records. International Human Powered Vehicle Association
  2. ^ Thunderball
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.