Record breakers! ULV Team break hand cycling records with ARION4

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The University’s Velocipede Team (ULV Team) has broken both the male and female hand cycle land speed records at the World Human Powered Speed Challenge in Nevada with ARION4, their new hand powered bike.

Paralympian, Karen Darke MBE, achieved a speed of 41.86 mph over the 2.5 mile course, 17 mph faster than the previous female world record.

Hand cyclist, Ken Talbot, recorded a speed of 42.37 mph over the 2.5 mile course breaking the British male hand cycle land speed record.

Not content with this record, Ken and the team then achieved a speed of 51.86 mph on the 5 mile course, breaking the male world record and becoming the first hand cyclist to go over 50 mph in history.


Steve Bode, Senior Lecturer at the School or Engineering and the project’s Lead Academic, said: “This record is the culmination of two years hard work by our engineering students. Their combined passion for engineering and pushing the limits of human potential have resulted in the success of the ARION4 riders, Karen Darke and Ken Talbot. I’d also personally like to thank all of our sponsors, as without their support the Arion project would not exist.”

The World Human Powered Speed Challenge, which takes place on State Route 305, a 4,619ft (1,408m) altitude road in Nevada, began on Monday, 10 September 2018 and finished on Friday, 15 September 2018.

This was the fourth year running that Engineering students from the University have taken part in the World Human Powered Speed Challenge. In a change to previous years, the team designed and built an aerodynamic recumbent bike which uses hand power rather than leg power.

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