Index of Outstanding Achievements
LAND - WOMEN'S 12 HOUR STANDING START (Single Rider)
|Heidjer Milan SL
|Petra von Fintel
2001 speed championships for rail vehicles were carried out on the
track between Laupen and Gümmenen, Switzerland, presumably the last
event of this type. The track conforms to the requirements for WHPVA
200m speed trial and the runs were measured with professional
electronic equipment. However the category "rail vehicle" does not
formally exist nor was it applied for.
The fastest run of 74.5 km/h was by Hansueli Russenberger on the
fully faired asymetrical bicycle "Team Gridelli" (photo above).
Peter Bretscher reached 66.3 km/h with the same vehicle. Lukas Frei
achieved 70.5 km/h on "Snapper", Charles Henry 69.1 km/h with the
same vehicle. Various other vehicles,including one with rowing
action and another with solid steel wheels, achieved speeds between
28 and 67 km/h and 18.5 km/h were reached on what is probably the
only existing rail kick-board.
meter flying start speed trial - data and article on Future Bike
website (German language)
2012 Charles Henry pedalled 4000m in 3 minutes and 40 seconds
(standing start) with his fully faired bicycle "PoB" (Peregrin on
Birk), on the 333m velodrome in Oerlikon, Switzerland. This is about
65.35 km/h and is slower than Robert Lafleur's existing road record
of 68.7 km/h. Charles Henry and team have applied for a record in a
new "velodrome" category and this is pending. The main difference
between a record on a road and on a velodrome is the steep banking
of the latter. In the case of Oerlikon, it is an oval with the ends
banked 45°. This mainly increases the rolling resistance in the
curves but also may have physiological effects.
400 meter standing start speed trial - info on website of Charles
Original record application
(PDF 2 MB, English language)