Why It's Almost Impossible to Ride a Bike 60 Kilometers in One Hour | WIRED

Ming the Merciless

There is no mercy
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It’s not, it’s been exceeded (by quite a bit) on faired recumbents a number of times over the years.
 

byegad

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NE England
Perfectly possible.
From Wikipedia..
In August 2011, Francesco Russo travelled 91.56 km (56.89 mi) at the Dekra Test Oval near Klettwitz, Germany. He rode the Eiviestretto bicycle, which he designed and built with earlier record-holder Damjan Zabovnik. The Eiviestretto is a backwards-ridden vehicle with the rider's head pointed in the direction of travel. The rider lies on his back, using a mirror to navigate. The design is based on Eivie III from Damjan Zabovnik, with several improvements.[3] In 2016 Russo improved his record to 92.43 km (57.44 mi) on a bike he designed himself.
 

dan_bo

How much does it cost to Oldham?
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Failsworth
Perfectly possible.
From Wikipedia..
In August 2011, Francesco Russo travelled 91.56 km (56.89 mi) at the Dekra Test Oval near Klettwitz, Germany. He rode the Eiviestretto bicycle, which he designed and built with earlier record-holder Damjan Zabovnik. The Eiviestretto is a backwards-ridden vehicle with the rider's head pointed in the direction of travel. The rider lies on his back, using a mirror to navigate. The design is based on Eivie III from Damjan Zabovnik, with several improvements.[3] In 2016 Russo improved his record to 92.43 km (57.44 mi) on a bike he designed himself.
Safe as houses.
 

Ming the Merciless

There is no mercy
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Comparing your example with the real Hour Record is just going backwards! :sad:
ha ha ha ha. Why don’t you look up the real hour record for human powered bike. It’s not the one you think it is.
 

Dogtrousers

Kilometre nibbler
Does somebody want to summarise it? Is the answer 'aerodynamics'?
On the subject of aerodynamics and human powered vehicles, the field of Human Powered Aircraft has been a bit quiet of late.

BUT ... there was a thing called "The Great Race 2021" which has, for coviddy reasons, become the great race 2022, which is an attempt to replicate the 1979 Gossamer Albatross HPA flight across the channel. If it happens it would be a good excuse for a ride down to the South coast.

However, it seems that the only active parties in this are the race organisers. Actual entrants seem to be conspicuous by their absence.

https://thegreatrace2022.com/
 
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