I recently attended a local time trial where we tested a new carbon fiber hard top for a Bluevelo Carbon Quest Velomobile. My 72 year old father Ray has been riding his Quest with the kayak style skirt over the last few weeks of the summer in this event which gave us some good comparison data to work with. On the day of the ride the wind was blowing hard making for a challenging day especially for the cyclists. Despite the conditions Ray set a personal best by 20 seconds which strongly suggests the hardtop does add an aerodynamic advantage for high speed events on a day where the other riders were a minute or more slower than usual. However, we also replaced his 53t front chain ring with a 56t for the event so a lot more research will need to be done to eliminate that variable and give us some reliable test data. I’m very much looking forward to collecting that data. In the meantime enjoy this short video and get out riding! By the way his average speed in a really tough wind was 38.85 kph over a distance 16km distance so I’m sure he will soon break the 40kph mark.
The Quest Velomobile
This is what happens when you combine the thinking of extreme lightweight recumbent trike technology with supercar style and bobsled aerodynamics. The Quest is truly a marvel of engineering with one simple focus – converting human energy into raw speed.
Whether you are an avid recumbent rider or serious road cyclist, there is no experience that matches the rush of silently slicing through the wind under nothing but your own power. You will simply not believe the speeds this velomobile is capible of. Manufactured in Toronto Ontario by Bluevelo, the Quest is a flagship in the velomobile community.
There is a movement to increase the awareness of velomobiles in North America called “Roll Over America” with a cool website you should check out. Here is the link. www.rolloveramerica.eu. Be sure to have a look at the rider profiles and note the number of Quest Velomobiles in the event from all over the world. This is the velo of choice for serious riders providing the best value available in a high performance velomobile.