Human-Powered Automobile Enjoyable Day – BionicOldGuy

Human-Powered Automobile Enjoyable Day – BionicOldGuy


Sunday was hpv enjoyable day at Hellyer Velodrome in San Jose. That is organized by a neighborhood couple Carol and George Leone who do it as a labor of affection. They cost a price for collaborating however it barely covers their prices. We had a lovely late spring day for the event. The velodrome is about 15 miles from my home, so I rode my recumbent there, partly on the Coyote Creek path, and partly on roads with good bike lanes. We needed to enter by way of the again gate as a result of the trail from the primary entrance to Hellyer Park to the velodrome was nonetheless flooded.

I had a little bit of a tailwind so I received there in 53 minutes. Then we have been in a position to heat up on the velodrome monitor for about half an hour. It’s amusing how intimidating that is at first- the banking appears actually excessive for these of us who expertise using on it solely yearly. However after a few laps, your confidence comes again and it turns into actually enjoyable zooming on the monitor.

The primary occasion was a 200-meter time trial. We got a full lap to stand up to hurry then did the timed half. We may additionally benefit from the banking by staying up excessive at first then swooping all the way down to the black line on the backside of the banking for the timed run. I loved this a fantastic deal. I crashed doing this occasion just a few years in the past on a folding bike, partly as a result of it had small wheels and partly as a result of the place within the aero-bar handlebar extensions on an upright shouldn’t be essentially the most steady. This time I used to be on my recumbent, and the “aero” place is with the fingers with their regular grip on the handlebars. So I felt way more safe.

There have been just a few extra group races after that. Attributable to my inexperience using in a gaggle on a monitor, these felt much less protected to me, and I’d promised my spouse I’d watch out, so I skipped most of them, having my lunch whereas I loved watching and filming them. My favourite was the “miss and out” race: On the finish of every lap, the final place rider is pulled from the race. This continues till there is just one rider left, who’s the winner. I uploaded a video of the tip of this race right here:

I couldn’t resist doing the “Medicare” race, nonetheless, open to individuals over 65, during which there have been 4 entrants. Two of the others have been fully-faired “velomobiles” and the opposite was a higher-performance recumbent than mine, way more reclined and aerodynamic. So I used to be not shocked to put lifeless final. However it was nice enjoyable. It’s attention-grabbing that unfaired bikes, being lighter, begin out way more rapidly than fully-faired ones, however their aero benefit rapidly takes over in order that they catch up rapidly. Being handed by one is thrilling as a result of they make a really distinct noise developing behind you after which a whooshing sound as they fly proper by.

After that race, I took off for house, which took about 70 minutes this time because it was towards a slight headwind. A most satisfying outing. Thanks, Carol and George!

Varied bikes and riders and a shaded relaxation space. My recumbent is within the foreground. Observe how way more upright the seating place is than the high-performance recumbent beneath. The tradeoff is consolation, I wouldn’t wish to go on a three-hour journey on the one beneath
A high-performance unfaired recumbent. The intense recline of the seat makes for very low frontal space which reduces drag. The disk wheels additionally assist. Discover the rider wants a headrest, as a result of it will in any other case be uncomfortable holding your head up in that place. This was in all probability the strongest rider that participated. He got here in second within the miss-and-out race, which suggests he was by no means caught by one of many velomobiles within the race, and the opposite one solely handed him within the final lap close to the end.
The banking is hishest within the corners, and was intimidating at first.
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A velomobile passes the end line. They are often made much more aerodynamic by masking the cockpit however that makes it stuffy inside