Guy Martin: so good he can ride on water!

Michael Mann - Web Editor, Bike Social
By Michael Mann
MannOnABike Web editor of Bike Social. Been riding bikes since he was four-years-old. Fast and smooth road rider, just about hangs on in a track day quick group.

If you thought the TV schedule for the Christmas period was poor then think again. TT star and lorry mechanic turned TV personality, Guy Martin, will be appearing on our screens on consecutive Sunday evenings via Channel 4 in a new four-part series called ‘Speed with Guy Martin’. Each week the fans favourite searches for an adrenaline rush that is as close as skimming brick walls at 200mph at the Isle of Man TT. 

Last month we announced details of the series but the transmission dates have since been bought forwards. The second programme of the four-part series even sees Guy attempting to ride on water, as our behind-the-scenes photos demonstrate.

Guy Martin's new TV series features him attempting to ride on water

Guy Martin poses with his adapted Suzuki ready to ride on water

Here's the TV schedule for Channel 4, each programme starts at 8pm:

  • 29th December 2013: Britain’s Fastest Cyclist
  • 5th January 2014: Hydroplaning Bike
  • 12th January 2014: Human Powered Aircraft
  • 19th January: World’s Fastest Toboggan

In the first show, Guy attempts to become the fastest man in Britain on a bicycle, at over 110mph, with the aid of racing-lorry sized slip stream and Olympic Gold medallist Laura Trott at Pendine Sands in Wales, made famous because it was the location for Sir Malcolm Campbell’s land speed record attempts.

Guy tests the sepcial rear tyre on his adapted Suzuki

The second show features the 32 year-old from North Lincolnshire attempting to ride a modified Suzuki RMX450Z complete with skis across water.  Yes, you read that correctly; riding on water!  Taking place at Bala Lake in Snowdonia, Sir Isaac Newton’s Third Law of Motion really is put to the test.

The following week Guy’s quest is to build and pilot the world’s fastest human powered aircraft. Then in the final show of the series he sets about breaking the record for the world's fastest gravity powered sled with the help of the Winter Olympic Gold medal winning Amy Williams and a team of the UK’s top sports science engineers. The team come together to help Guy to build a prototype toboggan before he heads to the Swiss Alps.

Guy Martin in training with his propeller-powered bike

The sideburned-shod star is not averse to the small or even big screen having previously featured in the BBC series ‘The Boat That Guy Built’ in 2011 before transferring to Channel 4 for ‘How Britain Worked in 2012’.  He will also never live down his back-of-the-van antics in the big screen hit ‘TT3D: Closer to the Edge’.

Missing the Christmas traffic completely, the book to accompany the series has also seen its release date bought forward.  ‘Speed: How to Make Things Go Really Fast’ by Virgin Books is on shelves from 2nd January.

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