Wednesday, 23 October 2013

2nd attempt to cycle Britain (twice) in 5 days + pack 2014 schedule

Endurance cyclist Chris Hopkinson, from Richmond North Yorkshire, will make a second attempt at a 1,700 miles (2736 km) ride, from Lands-End (England) to John O'Groats (Scotland) and back. With less than three hours of sleep a day and expecting to battle winds and cold all the way he aims to complete his cycle ride in five days. 
Chris Hopkinson at Lands End April 2013

Chris's schedule for 2014 looks like this:
  • Sebring 24hr, USA - February 14th/15th (dates not confirmed)
  • 50 mile Cycling Time Trial (CTT) - May 
  • Race Across America (RAAM) - June 10th 
  • UK National 24 hr - July 19th/20th 
  • Tour of British Columbia, Canada (5145 km) - July 27th 
  • 12 hr Cycling Time Trial (CTT) - August 
  • Burton and District Cycling Alliance (BDCA) 100 - last weekend in August 
  • California 24hr - November 
Chris is the current Ultra Marathon Cycling Association 24hr World Champion, having cycled over 432 miles in Bike Sebring, Florida, USA earlier this year. He also competed in the 3,000 mile coast to coast Race Across America (RAAM) in August.

Chris is aiming to beat the current Guinness World Record and also a Ultra Marathon Cycling Association (UMCA) record of five days 21 hours and 8 mins. He had to abandon his first attempt in April of this year due to the unseasonably low temperatures and high winds. Chris will be raising funds for Fraja Ellie Appeal

  • Departure date: 27 October 2013
  • Departure time: 10 am
  • Departure location: Lands End, Cornwall, England
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Wednesday, 16 October 2013

30's Model A Ford crossing the US in record time recreating 110 YO journey

The Vintage Adventurer, two guys trying to beat the clock driving a 1939 Model A Ford across the the US, is all over! The crankshaft broke just past Amarillo at about 22.30 GMT Wednesday (Oct. 16th.). Both Rod Wade and co driver / mechanic Michael Flanders are devastated. The car is at a storage yard in Amarillo and the guys got a hire car and are heading for LA.

Vintage Adventures Rod Wade and mechanic & co-driver Michael Flanders at Staten Island, New York (Vintage Adventurers)
The Vintage Adventurers left New York on Monday on new world record attempt for driving 1930 Ford Model A against the clock to California. Rod and Michael were paying homage to H. Nelson Jackson and Sewall K. Crocker, the first to drive coast-to-coast across America 110 years ago. They started the record attempt on today Columbus Day (October 14th) at  Staten Island, NY.

View some media coverage here:

Network 7 (Australia)

Italian news agency ANSA

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Wednesday, 2 October 2013

UK team out of world eco-car race in Australia after accident

The eco-car team representing the UK in the World Solar Challenge in Australia has withdrawn. Tests following post accident repairs "revealed new dynamic instabilities." As these were identified close to the race start (Sunday October 6th) there was not enough time to correct them. "Therefore, with great regret the team, Cambridge University Eco Racing (CUER) decided to withdraw. The team is very disappointed but we are confident that we have made the right decision."
The CUER eco car immediately after the accident near Darwin, Australia

After sustaining severe damage to their eco-car the CUER team had announced they will still take part in the 3,000 km World Solar challenge in Australia. Their engineering team had worked over night repairing the unique solar powered vehicle.

The accident happened during final stages of testing on Cox Peninsula Road, Darwin by the Cambridge University Eco Driving (CUER) team. Their eco-car which which is named ‘Resolution’ rolled onto its side while driving at 85kph. It travelled for 50m before skidding across the road and down some gravel before coming to rest away from the road.

The driver sustained no injuries and was able to walk away from the accident completely unscathed. This was due to the extensive crash modelling of their carbon fibre monocoque chassis carried out by chief engineer, Peter Mildon. The canopy sustained severe damage and tens of thousands of pounds worth of solar cells on the right of the door were completely wiped out.

The World Solar Challenge organisers had been fully supportive and have extended their scrutineering deadline by 24 hours to give the team time to fix the car. The team believes they will have the vehicle ready in time and are looking forward to the race, despite this unfortunate turn of events.

View some media coverage here:

Autocar (UK)

Media enquiries to: Tommy Burns