Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Electric truck, 3-wheeler & concept car + regular electric vehicles (EV) on worlds biggest EV rally

As usual the WAVE Trophy, the world's biggest electric vehicle (EV) rally is attracting a whole range of unusual EVs and development projects. These include an electric truck, a three wheeler and new super car which will all the conventional EVs and e-bikes on this years rally through Switzerland. This fits in with the WAVE Trophy wider goals of showing of new and unconventional EV technology, raising awareness of green transport and promoting sustainable living.

Crowdcar concept EV from Germany
The WAVE Trophy will bring together conventional and wacky electric vehicles (EV) from 10 countries. EV teams will travelling 1,200km through some of the most dramatic scenery in Switzerland competing for various trophies, meeting environmental projects and promoting EV / sustainable transport in the cities and towns they will stop from the 8th to the 16th of June.
  • Crowdcar is a crowdsourced and crowdfunded concept lightweight EV with a range of 100 km and maximum speed 80 km / h is from a German team. It is being developed with limited resources "to create, make, build, hack, learn, invent and (prototypically) realise new concepts, visions and software especially in the field of transportation and mobility."
  • The Swiss built E Force electric heavy duty truck is a converted IVECO Stralis with a range of 300 km and maximum speed 120 km / h which is designed to help companies meet their environmental goals and perfect for urban delivery because of its near silent operation
  • Three wheeler is a converted Piaggio Ape Classic 400 which is iconic and highly practical transport vehicle for narrow city streets. It is a converted one-cylinder diesel which has a 6kw 48V electric motor. 
  • Siemens Bull E VW van a converted 1979 Volkswagen Transport van T2 with a range of 200 km and maximum speed 120 km / h. It is also packed with technology to educate and advise people and business how to convert their buildings to renewable energy and sustainability. This is part of Siemens aim to be carbon neutral by 2030.
  • “Powerpiki” a Smart Roadster converted to electric by a team from Slovenia with a range of 280 km and maximum speed 160 km / h

View some of them here as well as photos of groups of WAVE Trophy EVs locations in previous times. ​

These will join a full range of conventional EVs such as Teslas, Renault Zoes, BMW i3s, Nissan Leafs, Johammer and Zero e-motorbikes and many e-bikes. In addition there will be unconventional classic / vintage conversions taking part

The Wave Trophy is in its eight year it will be bigger than ever and will travel through two different countries - Switzerland (8th to the 16th of June) and Austria (21st to the 29th of September) - at separate times for the first time. The reason for this is the demand for places has increased considerably and it seems we will have at least 50% more teams taking the number to more than 160.

Hundreds of EV enthusiasts from many countries will travel 1,200 kilometres over eight days through mountain passes and the most spectacular sights of the Alps, As well as an adventurous holiday the WAVE Trophy participants will visit interesting towns, green companies and schools. Also it is an opportunity for participants to enhance their knowledge about electric vehicles, to network and socialise.

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Monday, 14 May 2018

One of Europe's top UCI MTB events taking place in Belgium

The Open race of one of the hardest mountainbike races in Europe and top MTB event in the Benelux the Belgian Mountainbike Challenge (BeMC) 2018 is full already. Registration opened last week (1 November 2017) and the BeMC Open was sold out in 11 hours. Entries for BeMC UCI for Elite and U23 riders are still open! 

BeMC is an International Cycling Federation / Union Cycliste Internationale (UCIXCS class 1 status event where 600 riders from over 20 countries race over three days, from the 11th to the 13th May, covering 260 Km / 8,000 altitude metres in La Roche-en-Ardenne, Belgium. Next year even riders from as far as Australia, Brazil and South-Africa will join the race.

BeMC stands out from similar events with its great atmosphere, tough and demanding course and very reasonable cost - approx. €400 including accommodation. 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. It is one of the biggest UCI stage race for individual mountainbikers in the world.  The route of the BeMC 2018 contains some course changes. There is a completely new first stage towards Erezée and also the second stage is largely redesigned. The last stage stays more or less the same as this year. The double ascent of the "Wall of Borzée” in stage 3 has become a classic in the BeMC for several years now. Because riders can't seem to get enough of it, it has been added for a third time for 2018, albeit in the opposite direction this time! Here are the details:

Stage 1 : La Roche - Erezée - La Roche : 84 km (2.450 m+)
Stage 2 : La Roche - Bertogne - La Roche : 100 km (3.050 m+)
Stage 3 : La Roche - La Roche : 75 km (2.525 m+)

BeMC organiser, Koenraad Vanschoren is a serious amateur mountain biker but by day a government lawyer.  Being a lawyer he focuses on rules, regulations and detail. As a result he has become an expert in all things UCI MTB - rules, courses, equipment and how competitors can prepare. In fact he organises other UCI MTB and road cycling events in Germany, Austria and Australia and the Middle East because of his expertise. Talking about the event said “We are proud to be able to organize such a top-level event. Worldwide, there are only two other similar races for individual riders ranked like this! When entries opened, at midnight, after less than 10 minutes already 100 riders signed up for the race. We reached the 200 riders mark early in the morning (around 6 a.m.) and from that point on it went really fast. Around 11 a.m. the BeMC Open was sold out and were almost a quarter of the tickets in BeMC UCI gone". Speaking about making a cycling event successful he believes "it is very important as an organiser to have a feeling with the racecourse. That's why I never organise a race without having seen the whole course myself often on my bike." He also said "I don't want to organise just any race, I want to organise the best race possible and always continue to improve or find other challenges." 

Some media coverage

Bicycling /nl

TV Luxemburg

Le Meuse

Marathon MTB

Monday, 7 May 2018

World’s first aircraft Short Take Off & Landing competition on sand announced

Precision, if some times hair-raising, aviation action and visually stunning vintage biplanes expected!

The World’s first aircraft Short Take Off & Landing (STOL) competition on sand is set to take place in Belgium in the Summer. Organised by one of the world’s top aviation adventure companies it is expected to attract pilots from all over the globe and establish some new world records. This first event, the VintageAirRally International STOL Competition'  will be attended by thousands of spectators who will witness some hair-raising if not gut-wrenching flying on this unusual day out on the beach! 

The 'VintageAirRally International STOL Competition' will take place on the beach of the fashionable spa town of Knokke-Heist, Belgium. Pilots will engage in precision if some times hair-raising landing and take off manoeuvres with the shortest distance the winner. The ultimate goal is to establish some new world records at this spectacular aviation event!

Set to take place from the 14th to 17th June 2018, this world’s first ever vintage STOL competition is not only for modern specialised 'bush planes' it is also for the iconic visually stunning vintage biplanes.  The STOL aircraft taking part are designed to land where there is essentially little or no runway. And while the pilots and planes will be used to the rough and tumble of bush flying they will have relatively smooth landings on the sand of a fine Belgian beach.

Throughout the event there will be exhibitors on the beachfront at Knokke-Heist for competitors and the thousands of spectators expected to attend the event. VintageAirRally will also establish a temporary exclusive ‘Pilot’s Club’ on the sand. The Pilots’ Club will be holding a series of events during both the day and the evenings with guest speakers from the world of aviation in Belgium and around the world.

There will be numerous categories for entries from vintage biplanes last seen in action in the 1920’s and 30s to up-to-date aircraft (“bush planes”) that can land in wildest locations. The winner of each category will be awarded a prize at this first ever STOL and beach landing competition in Belgium.  This event is organised with the assistance of Knokke-Heist Municipality & Tourism.

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Key dates14 June, Set-up, first qualifier rounds, installation of exhibitors.
15 June, Second Qualifier rounds.
16 June, Vintage biplane competition, and other category competitions (TBA). The day finishes with the top five biplanes landing on the Royal Zoute Golf Course.
17 June, Remaining competition categories (TBA) and closes with a prize giving cocktail at the Pilots’ Club.

Competition categories

  1. Vintage Biplane (pre 1959)
  1. Vintage Monoplane (pre 1959)
  1. Biplane >750KG
  1. Monoplane >750KG
  1. Aeroplane >500KG <751KG
  1. 3-Axis Aeroplane <501KG
  1. Turbine
  1. Electric
  1. Overall Winner (combined with another category)

Additional prize categories

  1. Youngest pilot
  1. Oldest pilot
  1. Oldest plane (date of first registration)
  1. Biggest plane (Maximum Take Off Weight)
  1. Furthest travelled (state of residence of pilot)
  1. Most Facebook likes (on the post about their team on the VintageAirRally Facebook page)

Some media coverage here

Thursday, 3 May 2018

UK 'sand speed" motorbike record up for grabs at Pendine speed event

Straightliners, European and World sand / land speed event at Pendine Sands, South Wales is taking place on the 12th & 13th May 2018.  Of particular note is some of the most powerful street legal motorbikes will attempt to break the 200mph barrier on the sand which will establish a new UK record. 

At this event participants and spectators will see a range of motorbikes,  karts, three wheelers and maybe even a shed in action.  All runs will be officially timed and submitted for verification as a UK, European and or World land speed record. I don't know what vehicles / bikes of note that will be coming yet -  

Straightliners Pendine event is the European version of the iconic Bonneville Salt Flats in the USA speed record meeting but without the very high cost of getting there for Europeans. 

What: Straightliners Pendine land speed records and racing
When:  From 11am 12th & 13th May 2018
Where: Pendine Sands, Carmarthenshire, South Wales.

About Straightliners 
Straightliners organise over 40 events automotive top speed, drag and wheelie events around the UK. It makes great efforts to have it's events open to all, this event is regulated by the Auto-Cycle Union (ACU). To compete for a national record participants must hold an ACU licence, pass official scrutineering and be a Straighteners Events member. For those not going for records they do not need an ACU licence but they just need to sign up for this event as it is open to all bikes, cars, mono-wheels and three wheelers.

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