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.