Friday, 24 February 2017

600 riders, 20 nationalities - biggest UCI stage race for mountainbikers in the world!

The Belgian Mountainbike Challenge (BeMC) has 600 professional and serious amateur riders from 20 countries taking part. It is the biggest UCI stage race for individual mountainbikers in the world and will see 2016 world world champions participating including Tiago Ferreira, UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Champion and Sally Bigham European Mountain Bike Marathon Champion. The BeMC stands out with a great atmosphere, combined with a tough and demanding course. This makes it one of the most popular mountain bike events in Europe as a result it has doubled in size since it started six years ago.

BeMC is a International Cycling Federation / Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) accredit event and one of the hardest mountainbike races in Europe. As a UCI XCS class 1 status it is one of only four similar races around the world. Over three days, from the 12th to the 14th May, it covers 260 Km / 8,000 altitude metres in La Roche-en-Ardenne, Belgium.

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Tuesday, 3 January 2017

World & Brit speed legend Campbell's death remembered 50 years on with special events

To mark the 50th anniversary of the death of World and British land and water speed record holder Donald Campbell CBE, his daughter Gina Campbell will lay flowers on Coniston Water at site of the fatal crash of his jet powered Bluebird boat.  As this ceremony takes place an RAF fast jet will make a low level past across Coniston Water in the north west of England.

The flower laying will be followed by a brief service of remembrance at the Campbell Memorial and at Coniston Cemetery where Donald Campbell was buried.  In attendance once again will be Gina Campbell. 

Campbell was holder of eight world speed records in the 1950s and 60s in the Bluebird cars and boats. On 4 January 1967 he attempted a water speed record in the Bluebird K7 at Coniston Water with the target of 300 mph (480 km/h). After numerous attempts the Bluebird boat reached a staggering speed of 328 mph (528 km/h) but shortly after executed somersault breaking the craft in two which sunk shortly afterwards.

What:  08.42 am flower laying / 08.49 am RAF flypast / 11am Campbell Memorial wreath laying
Date:  Wednesday 4th January 2017
Location: Coniston Water, Cumbria / Campbell Memorial, Village Green / Coniston Cemetery

This event is organised by the Speed Record Club

Thursday, 15 December 2016

World’s biggest electric vehicle rally to take in 1,600km “Grand Tour of Switzerland”

Details of the world’s biggest electric vehicle (EV) rally, the WAVE Trophy 2017, have just been announced. Hundreds of electric car enthusiasts from all over the world will participate taking on the Alps, mountain passes and the most spectacular sighs of Switzerland.  As well as an adventurous holiday the WAVE Trophy participants will travel around 1,600 kilometers visiting interesting towns, green companies, farms and schools from 9th to the 17th of June. The WAVE Trophy also has a serious goal of raising awareness of green transport and promoting sustainable living. In addition it is an opportunity for participants to enhance their knowledge about electric vehicles, to network and socialise. More than 90 teams have already announced their interest and the maximum number of participant EVs will be limited to 100. Registration officially ends on 15 March 2017.

2017 will see the WAVE Trophy follow the recently launched road trip "Grand Tour of Switzerland". From palm-lined lakeshores to sparkling glaciers, from medieval villages to buzzing cities it packs in an incredible number of sights. What is particularly attractive to EV drivers is that the complete route will have charging stations from Spring 2017. The Grand Tour of Switzerland is said to have the greatest concentration of attractions of a similar distance any where worldwide.  It also has another first - it will be the first official road trip in the world that is EV friendly. The WAVE trophy will support this sustainable transport initiative by offering rental EVs and e-motorbikes and carbon offset to participants travelling long distances to joint the rally.

Following the Grand Tour of Switzerland has lots of advantages for WAVE Trophy participants:
· The daily driving distance will be between 110 and 220 km
· It will be very attractive for people who want to join with their own or a rented e-bike
· It will be very attractive for international teams, as it will be a touristic adventure and worldwide unique experience in absolutely spectacular landscapes!
· There will be no driving on highways, but visiting lots of small attractions and meeting local people along the way
· There will be more time for the teams to spend with each other

Speaking about the 2017 EV Rally Louis Palmer founder and director said "We were particularly attracted to the Grand Tour of Switzerland because participants on previous WAVE Trophy rally’s have found the mountain sections the most interesting and enjoyable.  Also it will be the world's first electrically-navigable road trip. The WAVE Trophy will take place for the 7th time and participants with their electric vehicles and electric bikes are most welcome. Registration officially ends on 15 March 2017, however, more than 90 teams have already announced their interest and the maximum number of participants will be limited to 100. Also international teams are most welcome, and a certain number of electric cars and e-bikes is available for rent for very reasonable prices.

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For highlights of the Grand Tour of Switzerland go here

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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Unique 8,000 mile vintage bi-plane aviation adventure across Africa launched

Vintage bi-planes are travellin 8,000+ mile on a unique aviation adventure across Africa. There are a number of teams from across the world taking part in the 'Vintage Air Rally' (VAR).  It is recreating the pioneering days of flight from the 1920s testing the pilots skills and aircraft to the limit while raising funds for charity. The teams are attempting the crossing of 10 countries in 37 stops and 35 days and joining them will be the bi-plane feature in the 'Out of Africa' movie. .    

Such a large gathering of antique aircraft has never been done before, flown so far across Africa or landed at the Giza pyramids - first time in 50 years!. These 20's era aircraft make for arduous and unique flying and navigation challenges as their open cockpits expose the aircrews to the elements over such a long distance. The biplanes are also functioning at their maximum range for some legs of the journey. In addition the weather, geography & political climate is tseting the pilots and the support crews to the limit.

Pedro Langdon, Canada flies his Travel Air 4000 past Lancing College, Sussex, England in prepartion for the 8,000 mile Vintage Air Rally across Africa 10 Oct 2016 (Photo Worldreach)
Flying low following the contours of the land the pilots are guided by major geographic features such as the River Nile, the Ethiopian Highlands and Victoria Falls. To bring this project to fruition the organisers, Prepare2go*, have been working closely with the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). The event is also supported by HM Government’s 'GREAT Britain' campaign who have helped to bring this launch and rally to fruition. While travelling this adventure will be raising funds for UNICEF, Bird Life International and Seed Bombing.

Other human interest points to note:
  1. Participants will be sleeping on the sand by the Nubian pyramids in Sudan, under wing in tents in South Africa, on river boats on the Nile in southern Egypt.
  2. They will be engaging with local schools at many locations that are doing projects and competitions about the Rally. Some competition winners will be taken flying!
  3. Oldest plane is 88 years old, oldest pilot is 72 years old and youngest pilot is 18 years old.
  4. There are two Father and daughter teams, a father and son team, an entire family team, husbands and wives, buddies and solo!
Prepare2go has many years experience of similar events having already successfully flown groups in aircraft, modern and some vintage, on this route eight times in the last seven years. The team is lead by Sam Rutherford who been on trans-Africa trips over 15 times, either in planes, helicopters, or land rovers. He also helped coordinate the G-AAMY flight of solo aviatrix Tracey Curtis-Taylor last year. Sam and the Prepare2Go team specialise in access to remote, sensitive, or seemingly-impossible locations around the world. In support of this he has built a network of reliable contacts across Africa over years of travel and exploration.

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Here are some links to media coverage we achieved:
Daily Telegraph

BBC World Service (audio)


Gulf Times

China Post


Sputnik news (Russian international news service) 

Even Cuba

Egyptian media in Arabic
The Observer newspaper / Guardian website

Channel News Asia


Metro (US)

Yahoo news (US)

Business Insider

Top Aussie new site

eNews Channel Africa pan Africa website

The Australian

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Drag bike new accelerating FIM world record / first woman to do a kilometre wheelie - 153mph

Ian King riding the "Gulf oil Top Fuel Drag Bike" established a new two-way Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme / International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) world record on 18th. September 2016.  This took part at Straighteners 'Top Speed weekend fiat Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire, England.  Ian's record was for standing start 1/4 mile in the FIM class "Partially Streamlined 1350cc to 1600CC class". His two way average of 9.5215secs on the 1500hp Puma Engineering bike. 

Kimberly Davey Schijven became the first woman rider to complete a kilometre wheelie. Kimberly, from the Netherlands, was so close at the August Wheelie weekend and finally put together a string of successful attempts ending with a best of 153mph.
Ian King and his 'Gulf Oil Top Fuel Dragbike' (photo Phil Evans)

The 'Gulf Oil Top Fuel Dragbike' is said to be one of the fastest accelerating motorbikes in the world Ian describes as the "fastest motorcycle outside of the USA from a standing start." Speaking bout it Ian also says it will out accelerate most vehicles from a standing start including all Formula One cars and even Thrust SSC and F15 Jet Fighter planes. The 'Gulf Oil Top Fuel Dragbike' is approximately 50% more powerful than a Formula One Car. 

Also in action over the weekend are 'funny vehicles going for world speed records'.  
  • The 'Fastest Shed' in the world driven by Kevin Knicks form Oxfordshire
  • 'Silver bullet' high powered sled ridden by Trevor Duckworth the Straightliners top man and 72 year old grandad with 30 UK and world record under his belt
  • Monowheel  'Atomic Infinity' ridden by Tom Anabel
  • Jet powered shopping trolley driven by McKeown, Portsmouth

These are in addition to a range of conventional high powered bikes and other four wheel vehicles going for UK and world records.

Straightliners s affiliated to the Auto-Cycle Union (ACU) and the International Organisation of Professional Drivers (IOPD). Rider participation including record ratification and timing is administered by to UK Timing Association (UKTA).  Both Straightliners and UKTA were set up by renowned motorcycle racer Trevor Duckworth.  

Here is some media coverage about this event

Monday, 12 September 2016

Solar electric tuk tuk travelling 1000's of km overland from India to Europe to promote sustainable transport

Naveen's "Tuk Tuk-Tejas", which he designed, built and tested over four years, runs on solar and electricity power and has 0 emissions. Travelling at a pace of around 100 km per day, Naveen plans to complete the 8,800 km to Europe in about 100 days. The object of the adventure is to create awareness of electric vehicles and solar stmillions of people in Asia and beyond.

An Indian man's self designed and built solar electric tuk tuk is travelling thousands of kilometres from India to the UK. Auto engineer Naveen Rabelli set off from Bangalore with his solar electric creation arrived in the UK ion the 12th of September.

Naveen Rabelli with his solar tuk tuk at the seafront at Dover, England. (Photo Gordon Foat)

Naveen began fully testing the his vehicle in July 2015. After travelling though India the solar electric tuk tuk was shipped to Bandar Abbas, Iran where his overland journey started in earnest. From there he drove through Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, France. He hopes his project which will eventually reach London, enhances knowledge about the practical application of solar electric transport. In support of this, Naveen plans to publish a paper to share his experiences and learning online so that people can use the data he is collecting. The goals of this project is to not only create awareness of alternative mobility solutions for passenger vehicles in Asia and Europe it is also to:

Show the benefits of using a solar electric mobility solution and to demonstrate that they are affordable.
  • Practically demonstrate a solar electric prototype that is reliable technology
  • Promote the use of electric vehicles as way to reduce the impact of climate change
  • To connect with people along the way who are working towards sustainable living solutions.
  • To showcase an entirely Indian solution to the world.Speaking about his adventure Naveen said "Four years ago, the idea for solar tuk tuk came to me. I was with a friend in India stuck in traffic, surrounded by countless noisy, air-polluting tuk tuks. So we decided to do something about it and the idea of converting a fuel-based tuk tuk to renewable energy sources was born."

Here is some of the media coverage about this

Popular Science (US's biggest popular science website)

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Greeting card mosaic world record brings serious message of international student commitment to reducing CO2 emissions

Over 50,000 cards will used to form the world's largest greeting card mosaic breaking a world record.  But this event has a serious message  delivered by students from around the world - a commitment to reduce CO2 emissions. 

The cards will go one further by forming the letters ’1.5C’ to draw attention to the importance of this global warming target, set as part of the Paris Agreement on climate change in December 2015. They will be displayed  at the Formula E event on the 11th of November 2016 in Marrakesh.  There will be 40 electric vehicle (EV) people there from various countries including Morocco and their EVs.  There will also be school children present. Louis Palmer the organiser of this event and founder of the worlds biggest EV rally the Wave Trophy will be available of interview - head speaks French, German and English.

The 50,000 cards will be double the current world record for the world's largest greeting card mosaic which now stands at 24,000 cards! This all takes place at the Formula E meeting in Marrakesh ePrix 12th November 2016. Formula E, officially the FIA Formula E Championship, is a class of auto racing that uses only electric-powered cars.

Earlier this year WAVE Earth was launched - an education initiative of WAVE Trophy the worlds biggest electric vehicle (EV) rally.  Its goal was to get school students from around the world to write pledge cards with a commitment to reduce their CO2 emissions.  These were collected by local EVs in 24 countries and from there, they were sent / delivered to WAVE Earth HQ in Switzerland.

What: Officially unveiling of ’1.5C’ world record greeting card mosaic
When: 13.30 on the 11th of November 2016
Where: Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan, Agdal district, Marrakesh, Morocco

Louis Palmer is founder of WAVE earth and the WAVE Trophy. He is holder of the UN Environmental Programme “Champion of the Earth Award“ for driving two times around the world in solar powered vehicles. 

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