The final day of the World HPV Championships was held at Goodwood Racetrack. Here, at the start of the two-hour race, trikes sprint away from the bunch. Photo by Peter Eland
Strong winds off the sea made for difficult racing in the 200m sprints, but the day ended on a fun note with 50m drag races. Photo by Peter Eland. Velo Vision is published quarterly by Peter Eland (trading as Velo Vision), Daily news and updates can be found on www.velovision.co.uk
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PUBLISHING SCHEDULE: Issue 4: 3 December 2001 Issue 5: 5 March 2002 Issue 6: 4 June 2002 Issue 7: 5 September 2002
VELO VISION AND VELO-VISION We weren’t first with the name. Velo-Vision (note the hyphen) is a progressive HPV-friendly bike shop in Köörten, near Bergisch-Gladbach, Germany, who also make their own recumbents. Velo Vision magazine is working in friendly harmony with Velo-Vision in Germany. Contact them on www.velo-vision.de
Cover illustration: Mohamed Azourar, a handcyclist from Morocco, has completed several long-distance tours, covering many thousands of kilometres. World cycle-tourist Claude Marthaler met and photographed this remarkable cyclist: read more on page 24.
[ contents ] ISSUE3: SEPTEMBER 2001
First pictures of Queally’s machine, reports from
Leicester, Brighton and much more...
10The pedal paramedic York’s ‘Lifecycler’ gives a vivid account of his work.
14Old Rusty A quirky tale of a brief bicycling affair.
16Positech: the brake that got away The frustration of introducing new technology to the bike trade.
18Diary of a season The highs and lows of a season racing pedalcars.
24Artists of adversity Claude Marthaler reports from Morocco on two disabled long-distance cyclists.
28Family transport The BikeE tandem: an owner reports.
32The Sherpa story The perfect commuter?
33Double take You’ve never seen a tandem like this before.
34The TOBike on tour The smallest 20"-wheeled folder in the world? Be amazed...
40Books A coffee-table collection, from couriers to cycling stamps.
42Cycle Vision An extended report from the Dutch recumbent gathering.
47How to subscribe
47Advertising Please support these companies, who support this magazine
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Able-bodied editors of cycling magazines like me find the subject of cycling for the disabled a hard one to judge. How can we know when we’re being patronising, making assumptions, or just getting the tone wrong? How many readers are interested in a subject which may directly affect only a small number of them? For these reasons perhaps, and certainly because cycling for the disabled isn’t perceived as a topic that ‘sells’ mainstream magazines, it rarely gets any coverage in the cycling press. Yet most cyclists will have wondered, perhaps fleetingly, about how their lives might change were they to lose the ability to ride a bike. Would I lose independent mobility, fitness, the wind in my hair? Or could I still, somehow, cycle? The internet can be a wonderful source of information for those who can access it. Yet I’ve been told by a number of readers who are disabled, or who work with disabled cyclists, that there is still a huge ‘information gap’. This is despite the splendid efforts of companies active in the field, who can modify standard or specialised machines to accommodate a huge spectrum of disabilities. Yet many who might like to get into cycling don’t, simply because no-one is telling them what’s possible. The article about Morocco’s long-distance disabled cyclists is a wonderful one-off, but I do hope that cycling for the disabled is a topic which will continue to figure in the magazine. I’d be delighted to work with any reader who might like to contribute an article on this or, of course, on any other cycling subject.