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New Trike Speed Record    
Congratulations to Australian Gareth Hanks of team Trisled for setting a new multi-track human powered vehicle (trike) record at 72.94 MPH during the 2014 WHPSC!
WHPSC 2014 at Battle Mountain    
The week long 2014 World Human Powered Speed Championships is over. At this event racers from around the world combine technology and athletics to achieve the fastest flat track human powered speeds in the world. Currently the fastest human is Sebastiaan Bowier of Human Power Team Delft. In 2013 he set a new speed record of 83.13 MPH! 

Check out the WHPSC 2014 pictures and results here
Evelyn Hamilton, Recumbent Racer?    

Very little has been said of historical female recumbent racers. Female bike racers were downplayed in general in the early 1900s.

Evelyn Hamilton was a 1930s British cycling legend who was known for racing upright bikes. What was not widely known was that she was a recumbent enthusiast, and possibly a recumbent racer!

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Build a Simple SWB Recumbent    
These instructions describe how to build a dual 20" short wheelbase (SWB) recumbent bicycle using garage sale parts in 10 steps. If you have some scrounging and building ability, access to some tools, and some time, you will be able to build your own nice handling and comfortable recumbent bike. 
You will be able to find most of the items at garage sales or even put out on the curb as "junk" for for waste pick up.  Read more...
Velocar Racing History    
In 1934 a French second category professional track cyclist named Francois Fauvre rode the Velocar to record speeds, breaking both the mile and kilometer records of the day. This created a storm of controversy within the UCI.
The debate centered on whether the Velocar was a bicycle and if the records were legal. In 1934 the UCI ruled against the Mochet-Faure records, banning recumbent bicycles and aerodynamic devices from racing. 
More info with pictures and video
How To Go Fast    

Many recumbent cyclists are content just cruising along and smelling the flowers. 

But maybe you are a bit of a malcontent. 
A rebel without a cause. 
Maybe you want to ride fast.
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Top 10 of Human Powered Achievements of 2013    
  1. The AeroVelo / University of Toronto team members won the $250,000 Sikorsky prize for Human Powered helicopter flight.
  2. Maria Leijerstam became the first person to pedal to the South Pole. She rode a custom ICE recumbent trike.
  3. Maria Parker won the RAAM in the female recumbent category after making an incredible comeback. She was also fastest female overall.
  4. Sebastiaan Bowier of the Delft team set a new WHPSC Battle Mountain 200M world record of 83.13 mph.
  5. Team Cieo broke the Tandem One Hour record by riding 51.582 miles at the Dekra track.
  6. Wil Baselmans set a 79.18 mph 200M personal best at Battle Mountain in the VeloX3
  7. Sebastiaan Bowier set an unofficial unfaired stock one hour distance of 32.023 miles at RDW.
  8. Gareth Hanks set a 45.857 mile one hour world record in the single rider trike category.
  9. Graeme Obree's prone streamliner 200M record attempts for bringing media attention to the human powered speed championships.
  10. Keita Saito of Tokyo Tech's team Meister won the 2013 Japan International Birdman Rally with a flight distance of over 20 kilometers.

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WHPSC 2013    
WHPSC 2013
The 2013 World Human Powered Speed Championships at Battle Mountain, Nevada was held from 9/9 through 9/14. On the last day of the event Sebastiaan Bowier of the Netherlands pedaled the Delft Velox 3 to a new 200 Meter world record speed of 83.13 MPH! Check out the WHPSC site for all the results and pictures from the race week! 
 
U of Toronto team wins Sikorsky prize    

Photo courtesy of Martin Turner  Visiblize.com

The AeroVelo team, consisting of University of Toronto students and Alumni has won the $250,000 Sikorsky prize for a Human Powered Helicopter that can hover at 10 feet (3 meters) for longer than 1 minute while staying in a 50 foot circle. After many setbacks and a few crashes they accomplishished this goal on June 13th, 2013.  To attain this feat, Todd Reichert had to generate 1200 watts to get the helicopter to up to 3 Meters, hover for a minute at 800 watts, then generate 600 watts to lower the 'copter to the ground. It is an amazing feat both technologically and physically. Both the AeroVelo and U of Maryland team have been very close to this goal for the past year and both were very close to winning. The U of T team has been particpating in HPRA races and the Battle Mountain speed event for several years, and is becoming impressively refined. See more here

2013 Recumbent Industry Update    

In general it seems like manufacturers are raising their prices to keep up with inflation and cutting bike and trike models that do not sell as well. Most manufacturers are now offering e-assist options. Though trikes are selling well, the trike manufacturers are no longer expanding, and most are reducing their model choices. There is a gradual trend toward "big wheel" recumbent bikes. These higher bikes seem to work well for everyone except for the speed hungry recumbent lowracer crowd. 

This year we have lost Organic Engines, Cycle Genius, Radius and Bentech. TW-Bents was sold to EFUN Bikes. Challenge has been sold to Elan. Velokraft is mostly just making e-bikes now.
 
My look toward the future sees harder times for small manufacturers. Consolidation has already happened (eg: TerraCycle, BentUp), and will continue. Many of the older US recumbent manufacturers are "sole proprietor" shops, and that single person is getting close to retirement. This means some of the classics will no longer be made (eg: Haluzak, Organic Engines). Velomobiles and e-assist are niches that will continue to grow. Fat tires will become more popular. 

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