Recumbents and all feet forward machines
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It looks like a couple of recumbents got to play in the Lancelin - Hell of the North 2013 this year. Maybe we should enter a recumbent team in some of these cyclosportifs next year
Source: Imgur and Reddit
The tandem pair appear to be having fun although the stoker seems perplexed about being there.
There is a lot of rides where recumbents seem not wanted without the statement. One that is up front is the organisers of "Amy's Ride". They state that recumbent cycles are not allowed but handicapped cycles are. Confusing? You bet.
I like to kick back against any and all recumbent bike bans in public rides. After kicking up a stink, recumbent riders have successfully overturned recumbent bans on "Round the Bay in a Day" and "Eastlink" rides. In both cases organisers couldn't cite any safety or other reasons for bans. A bit of pootling round an Amy's ride site ( http://amysridevic.gofundraise.com.au/ ) didn't bring up any mention of a ban but I think registrations are closed at this stage.
Regards Steve Nurse
Sorry if I was misleading, a little. It was Amy's Grand Fondo and here is the copy of text from Terms and Conditions;
Compliance with Directions
44. During the Ride, the Rider must comply with all directions issued by Police and all instructions given by the AGF or any employees or officials representing the AGF at the Ride. Failure to do so may result in the Rider being removed from the Ride.
45. The Rider must wear an Australian standard cycling helmet at all times during the Ride while riding a bicycle.
46. The Rider may ride any two wheeled road or mountain bike, tandem or three wheeled bike (for athletes with disabilities). The following are not permitted: Recumbents, disc wheels, tri or aero bars.
Just a little disappointing.
Especially when the following points are true:
* It's not actually a UCI event, even though the start banner has UCI plastered over it.
* It's not a race.
* It's a charity event sponsored by the Victorian Government.
I'm sure that anti-discrimination laws could be cited to the Vic Govt and that, as Steve says, safety concerns are unfounded. Maybe we're too fast for them. I didn't note anything stating no velomobiles, although I've yet to see a three wheeled bike.
You don't need the best kit, you just need the best attitude.
Interestingly recumbents are specifically permitted on events run by bicycle NSW including the Sydney Spring Cycle
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