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Speed with Guy Martin

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Motorcycle racer and mechanic Guy Martin undertakes a series of speed-based challenges, exploring the boundaries of physics and learning about the science of speed

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Motorcycle racer and mechanic Guy Martin undertakes a series of speed-based challenges, exploring the boundaries of physics and learning about the science of speed

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Guy takes on four more speed-based challenges. From racing a motorbike at altitude to trying to break the speed record for a hovercraft, Guy wants to find out what makes things go fast by getting his hands dirty in a range of unique engineering projects.

He harnesses cutting-edge science, learns new skills and calls on the support of some of the unsung design and engineering heroes of British industry.

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    Episode 1 - Tandem

    Guy gets back on a bike to see how far it's possible to cycle during 24 hours of non-stop pedalling.

    With the help of bicycle brainiacs Miles Kingsbury and Mike Burrows, the man who designed Chris Boardman's gold medal-winning Lotus bike from the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, he builds a revolutionary tandem and pairs up with his friend, endurance expert Jason Miles, to see how far they can push their bodies at the Extreme Environments Laboratory at the University of Portsmouth.

    In the build-up to the final record attempt at the historic Goodwood Motor Circuit, Guy also learns about the science of cooking for athletes with the Head of Nutrition at Team Sky, Nigel Mitchell, who instructs Guy to lose five kilos of weight and recommends a new diet regime.

    Guy also works out the best ways of relieving himself on the move to save vital seconds. As the day approaches for the record attempt, news reaches the team that Hurricane Bertha is approaching.

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    Episode 2 - Pike's Peak

    Guy visits the USA, where he hopes to win at one of America's oldest races: the Pike's Peak International Hill Climb.

    In this annual contest, known as The Race to the Clouds, riders compete against the clock on a gruelling mountainside track that finishes over 4000 metres above sea level.

    To learn the unique skills required in hill climb racing, Guy heads to the birthplace of the sport: Shelsley Walsh hill climb in Worcestershire. Racing up the course in an F1-style car, he realises that sheer horsepower and driving precision are vital.

    However, in the thin air of Pike's Peak, Guy's body and bike will be desperately short of oxygen, which could seriously affect his performance. As well as trying to add more power to his homemade bike, Guy takes a high-altitude fitness test in a hypoxic chamber.

    He soon realises how much harder his body will have to work and how the high altitude will affect his brain and cognitive performance; crucial when he has to remember the 150-plus bends in the road and avoid driving over a cliff!

    After six months' preparation and a two-day road trip across America, Guy's success depends not just on how well he's tuned his bike and body, but on his own abilities as a racer.

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Motorcycle racer and mechanic Guy Martin undertakes a series of speed-based challenges, exploring the boundaries of physics and learning about the science of speed

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Tandem

Guy gets back on a bike to see how far it's possible to cycle during 24 hours of non-stop pedalling.

Channel 4 8pm Sun 26 Oct