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    Posted: 09 August 2010 at 11:58pm
What 12 and 24 hour events are open to recumbents or velomobiles in the UK ?
 
I did approach the Surrey 24 hour and was told quite emphatically that these were not bicycles and I should contact British Cycling to get my head straightened out.  Clearly it is British Cycling that need straightening out but then who am I to argue with them.  It also appears our stand sit-up and beg cyclists can't cope with recumbents or velomobiles - what a sorry state we are in.
 
Yet in Europe they seem a bit more relaxed about the whole thing.
 
 
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Other than the BPCC Shenington event I'm not aware of anything staged regularly that's a race.  That is of course  for pedal cars only and, if I understand the way it works, whilst taking place over a 24 hour period, doesn't involve 24 hours of continuous racing.
 
If what you're after is the challenge of endurance rides at a brisk pace, there's always Audax, where recumbents have long been welcome.
 
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The race starts at midday Saturday, ends at midday Sunday and doesn't stop in between times.

So I would call that 24 hours of continuous racing!
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Originally posted by jes@gcre jes@gcre wrote:

The race starts at midday Saturday, ends at midday Sunday and doesn't stop in between times.

So I would call that 24 hours of continuous racing!
 
Apologies.  I thought there was a break at some time during the night. 
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No.

Well, the under 14's stop for 6 hours so they effectively race a 12 and a 6 hour event.
This is due to safety concerns over very young driver's becoming a danger on the track if they have been up all night so it works well to give them a good break.
 
http://www.shenington24.com is where all the information is kept.


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I've been contemplating organising a 24hour race for next year (late spring) as a "do something daft" as I'm turning 40. Stern Smile

Having mooted some ideas around I think it may be possible, but I'd obviously like others to get involved as well.. 

any other thoughts on this please contribute:-

One suggestion(seemingly good) is to use fowlmead as it's close enough for our french cousins to pop over to take part (they seem to enjoy longer races) and most of the other europeans as well.. 
I've never been, so I don't know, but as there's camping next door it sounds fairly feasible.
 
to have either a solo race or a two person race, where both riders complete equal time, however they must be in completely different classes of machines.. and the faster rider is balanced out by a slower rider.
The spirit being for example : a streamliner and an unfaired trike  but not a streamliner and a velomobile :P
Sticky bikes permitted as long as a) solo means a single gear ! B) duo they must have someone in a different BHPC class to them...
track to be pretty much unlit, so bikes to have lights (unless in a pair and one does all the night laps)

any thoughts, offers of assistance, condemnation as sheer stupidity etc ?
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As probably one of the few, if the only member of the BHPC who has raced solo over 24hrs i can offer some thoughts. I did the Mersey Roads 24Hr TT in 2001. I rode a distance of 358miles. this was on a standard road bike with aero bars and aero wheels.
The CTT, formely the RTTC does not allow recumbents in their events. Open BCF events are also a no no. Closed club events can be ridden at the discrection of the club. i have ridden club TT's here in Aberdeen, though not for  awhile due to negative comments.
When I did the Mersey event we had a back up team of the Donaldsons, essential to allow you just to think about riding your bike and concentrate on doing a good ride.
My training consisted of lots of miles and ten hour rides(yes really, though I was single with no kids at the time). My club mate who did 390 miles just commuted 40 miles a day, but also was a former 1st cat rider.
24 hour riding isnt for everyone, but I really glad that I did one. And you will have agreat sense of achievement afterwards.
 
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I have wondered about maybe trying a 24h ride at some point but I don't think my knees could cope with it.
As far as I know, in a 24 hour pedal car race the PC0 riders can only ride for 18 hours so not really a 24 hour race for them.

Then again I don't remember my knees feeling too bad after the cyclevision 6 hour.

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BPCC Shenington does not seem to be an option as the BPCC requires 4 wheels in their rule book and velomobiles only have 3 wheels.
 
I guess its Europe or some of the 24 hour events in the USA.
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Yes, I had forgotten about the solo drivers.
Can't remember where that rule came from but it does apply*.
We didn't actually have any solos out of the 39 entries this year so it hadn't registered.
 
Pedal cars is basically a team sport whereas HPV racing is an individual one. But we cater for individuals who wish to race through the "PC0" class.
 
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*Of course, if you aren't bothered about solo championship points or prizes, you can just enter as a PC1 "team" and run with just 1 driver I guess.


Edited by jes@gcre - 10 August 2010 at 3:29pm
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