Team RANS in Race Across America
Race Across America is a non-stop bike race from California to Maryland - 3000 miles. This year, RANS sponsored a 4 man team racing on recumbents. They're currently ahead of all the other 4 person teams (leaderboard). Bentrider Online has a very active thread following the team.
FYI for anyone who wants to root or follow the race.
Team Rans is doing grt.The Rans X-stream bike is what they are riding.A excellent race bike.I and Lowbike can attest to that.Go team Rans! GT.
Maybe one of these days we can 'officially' allow recumbents to be bikes and race and or compete in official races. Not that I am a racer but just want those who want to compete to have the opportunity.
Aren't there some "open" race events in Europe that allows recumbents tandems etc...?
I think bents would fair well against DFs if there weren't too many hills involved. I also think that peleton riding limits their aero advantage. If drafting was illegal it'd be a different story. Bents in triathalons would be an interesting idea.
?? If the "race" is 100% a hill climb, then yes, bents would probably do poorly for the same rider compared to a DF. If the course is mixed elevation, then the bent would no doubt be faster because time lost on a climb would be a fraction of the time that could be made up on every other aspect of the course. Why would peleton riding slow a bent? A bent can go as fast on their own, as DF bikes in a peleton, so they don't need the DF peleton. If a few bents were drafting each other, they'd be off the front of a DF peleton and never look back. If the DF riders were lucky, the bent paceline would be made of highracers where they might get a little draft. If the paceline is lowracers, they'd pretty much be out of luck. Have you ever raced a bent in or out of a DF paceline? Ever raced a bent in a paceline with other bents? From your comments, I don't thinik so.
Originally Posted by trekker pete
RAAM isn't a baseline on bent performance either unless the riders are all equal skill level. Things are pretty spotty as far as comparison and participation are going in all racing venues, but as time passes, the more strong riders show up at bike races, the more records get taken over by the bents.
Hopefully some day the racing world will shed its stupid rules against recumbents. I find in this day and age that stiff necked rule makers still continue to abide by rulings of the self serving french clear back in 1934.
This kind of thinking would outlaw computers, and make everyone continue to use slide rules.