A wheelie great event!

Riders from all over the world competed in the Motorcycle Wheelie World Championships at the weekend.

Riders from all over the world competed in the Motorcycle Wheelie World Championships at the weekend.

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Thrill-seekers from around the world descended on Elvington Airfield over the weekend to compete in the Motorcycle Wheelie World Championships.

Thousands of people flocked to the airfield to watch the event last Saturday and Sunday, and saw Gary Rothwell attempt to break the highest speed for a wheelie. To achieve a successful wheelie, the competitor must ride as fast as possible on the back wheel of their motorbike for a whole kilometre.

Gary reached 197mph, which was the fastest wheelie of the day, but was just short of the wheelie world record holder Egbert Van Popta, who reached 199mph.

Becci Ellis reached the highest speed with a more conventional two-wheel ride at 259mph on Saturday. On Sunday, she fell off her bike and broke her ankle when trying to reach 270mph.

Trevor Duckworth, race organiser, said: “It was very successful. It was the tenth year we ran it and it has grown year on year. This was the biggest one we have done. People from all over came to watch.”

Riders came from as far afield as the US, Sweden, Netherlands and France to take part.

The event also featured a range of quirkier record attempts, including World’s Fastest Toilet and World’s Fastest Garden Shed.