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Breaking the Land Speed Barrier with Project Speed

Richard welcomes Denise Mueller to the show. Denise is joined by her coach John Howard and Shea Holbrook her driver. Denise will attempt Breaking the Land Speed Record with Project Speed in Bonneville later this year.

The Cyclist

Denise began her cycling career as a junior, racing from 14-18 years old. She earned national championships before settling into life with children and a business owner.

In 2010, Denise again took up cycling to begin another chapter in her racing career. Her goal is breaking the land speed record. This has never been done by a female.

Shea Holbrook the Driver

Shea comes from a car racing background. She will be leading Denise in a 550hp Range Rover SVR Sport that has the capability to exceed 150 mph. Denise will draft this vehicle in her record attempt. This interview is the first time Denise and Shea have met!

John Howard the Coach

John set the first land speed record in 1985 at 152 mph. He would later coach the man that broke his record in 1995 at 167 mph. Now John is coaching Denise in her attempt to at Breaking the Land Speed Record with Project Speed.

To hear more about Denise's attempt at Breaking the Land Speed Record with Project Speed, download and listen to the entire episode.

If you are short on time, here are the highlights of the episode:

  • Who is Denise Mueller (1:28)
  • Who is Shea Holbrook? (3:27)
  • The 550hp Range Rover SVR Sport draft vehicle (10:37)
  • Who is John Howard? (15:07)
  • History of high speed records (23:40)
  • Mental preparation (40:57)
  • Transition from assist to pedaling (56:35)

Project Speed website


Denise on Facebook

Video of John's record ride

Shea Holbrook's website

John Howard Performance Sports

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