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    29.76 Miles in One Hour @ the LA Velodrome - Video

    Who cares that it was on a recumbent? It was done on a track modified, fixed gear, brakeless, Velokraft NoCom and I think any track racing enthusiast will enjoy this 10-minute video of Sean Costin's amazing, blazing trip around the ADT Event Center Velodrome at the Home Depot Center complex in Carson, CA. A special thanks also goes out to Roger Young for letting Sean Costin bogart the track for three hours on Saturday.

    Here it is in glorious, streaming Google Video:



    Here are a few pix too: http://imageevent.com/aero92/adt

    Enjoy! Jonathan

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    29 mph on a recumbent? Seems slow. The hour record on an upright bike is in the low 30 mph range. Shouldn't a bent go faster than an upright bike?
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    More Wattage Scotty

    Quote Originally Posted by San Rensho View Post
    29 mph on a recumbent? Seems slow. The hour record on an upright bike is in the low 30 mph range. Shouldn't a bent go faster than an upright bike?
    Good point! It's a question of wattage. I doubt that Sean pumped out more than 275-290 watts average. He's fit rider for a recumbent racer but very few of us are known for being former Cat 1-2 racers.

    Just imagine what a Cat 1-2 rider could do? This uses different muscles and the same muscles differently, so it takes several months for an already good upright rider just to get back up to his/her former speed, but from there the potential to go well into the 30's in one hour is excellent.

    Hopefully, this video attracts more talent to this aspect of time trialing. Maybe that will include you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by San Rensho View Post
    29 mph on a recumbent? Seems slow. The hour record on an upright bike is in the low 30 mph range. Shouldn't a bent go faster than an upright bike?
    Assuming this guy isn't a pro, that's a pretty good distance. And it's possible he did break some record as there are several different variations of the hour record (different age groups, elevations, indoor/outdoor, faired/un-faired, upright/aero/recumbent, etc.).

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    A pretty good distance

    Quote Originally Posted by Yoshi View Post
    Assuming this guy isn't a pro, that's a pretty good distance. And it's possible he did break some record as there are several different variations of the hour record (different age groups, elevations, indoor/outdoor, faired/un-faired, upright/aero/recumbent, etc.).
    Sean is no pro. He'd be lucky to make Cat 4. You can read all about his efforts and about how this constitutes a new record here: http://www.recumbents.com/forums/top...?TOPIC_ID=1451

    Sean only recently broke the unfaired record that was set way back in the 30's just before UCI banned recumbents.

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    Bents are fast.

    That track is unbelievable! The banking is like a wall. I'd love to ride that track.
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