There are few newsworthy velomobile items to report this week so I thought that I would also share with you some of the best first person velomobile videos I’ve seen.
Jon at Marvelo has posted on the company’s Blog some pictures of what I believe is the first production SKR. Personally I can’t wait to hear the first rider reports.
There are many good velomobile videos but I decided that I would limit myself to a selection of first person videos.
First person videos give you the perspective of the rider in the velomobile. Many people are asking me what it feels like to ride a velomobile, these videos will really give you the closest experience to riding yourself. An issue for creating first person videos in a velomobile is that the camera has to be near your head and it can be difficult to accommodate without restricting the rider’s view or becoming a hazard in case of mishaps. Some of them are racing videos while others are road rides. Australian Pedal Prix velomobiles have large cockpits that provide enough room for cameras, for other velomobiles the cameras are usually mounted to the side or above the turtle deck of the velomobile providing close to a first person video but not quite. These may also provide good videos to watch while on the trainer. Play these videos full screen at best resolution to have the best experience.
Australian HPV Super Series
The rough and tumble world of Pedal Prix racing where over 150 velomobiles can run simultaneously on the track makes for some interesting video footage, When a team is exceptionally strong, they will pass dozens of velomobile on every lap, riders have to be quick to decide where to pass. Here are two great videos showing you what it is like to be in the cockpit of a top team velomobile.
Trump Trikes released a video of their winning velomobile riding the Victoria Park 6hr race. This high quality video will make the hair at the back of your neck stand on end. Hold your breath!
The Pembroke School in Adelaide has team named Eric the Half Bee. This is a junior high school team that has been ruling its category in the Pedal Prix circuit but they are also finishing close to the top of the overall series results. Watch as they show us how it is done.
Some people say that velomobiles cannot climb… Richard Dahlne says otherwise! Check out his climb of Mont Faucon at the 2014 world HPV championship in Saone France. You will be out of breath by the end of the ride.
On the road
Kid Karacho is a very powerful rider and he takes his Milan SL CAS on rides where he shows his cycling power. In this video the Kid pushed some 600W to propel his velomobile to 88km/h .
Riding a velomobile downhill is exhilarating. This video is not exactly first person view but how about a descent at 108km/h in a DF velomobile? Check out what it is like to ride fast down a hill.