The velomobile, or the pleasure of traveling reclined

La Tranche-sur-Mer – 26 Septembre

Source: ouest-france



The twenty vélomobilistes gathered by Christian Gasulla, has consolidated the slipway to the water of Maupas, before embarking on a trek of nearly 80 km to explore the region.
“What is this strange machines? “The question was on the lips of many Tranchais, who attended Saturday’s starting twenty velomobile for a circuit of 77 km. This led them to La Tranche Tranche via L’Aiguillon-sur-Mer, The Dive, Saint-Michel-en-Herm, Lairoux, Curzon St Benoist-sur-Mer, and Longeville- sur-Mer.

A peaceful stroll, traveled at an average speed of 20 km / h, even if it is possible to reach 80 km / h on the flat and that the record was set at 123 km / h. “The velomobile is a tricycle, which follows a standard mechanical bike with pedals, chain drive to the rear wheel, 27-speed derailleur classic, cable or hydraulic brake on the front wheels. It has the feature to receive an aerodynamic camber which offers the rider a comfortable shelter with low energy expenditure, “says Christian Gasulla, organizer of the hike.

Most manufacturers of velomobiles are in the Netherlands, but a builder of Le Mans, JV Cycles Fenioux is beginning to make a name in the small world of velomobile. Enthusiasts of this new mode of travel will however pay between 4,000 and € 8,000 (or much more for those who are tempted by the carbon) to afford one of these amazing machines, which may also receive electrical assistance by photovoltaic panels.