Posts Tagged ‘human powered’

So, it’s been a couple of weeks since my last post so I’ll give you a quick catch up first.

A few weeks ago, after cycling almost 40 miles around Warwickshire, I developed the most awful toothache. It took four days to get into see the Dentist. 4 horrendously pain filled days, by which time there was nothing the Dentist could do but pull the tooth. Big respect to my Dentist who did a top notch job but the after effects, probably not helped by the amount of pain medication I was taking, robbed me of another three days of training.

Back now as fit as a fiddle and on to my next adventure. A short while ago my Gym Instructor asked me if I fancied taking an empty seat in a pedal car for a race at a go kart track just 20 miles from my house. Not knowing anything about the sport he pointed me to http://pedalcarracing.info/ the British Pedal Car Championship’s website. The cars are basically four wheeled recumbent bikes with light-weight body work. 


The day arrived and I made me way to Bruntingthorpe in Leicestershire. The 480m Go-Kart track would be our venue for the 6 hour endurance race. I quickly met my fellow team mates. We were to be in the third car ran by Apollo Racing who are currently leading the championship. There were 4 drivers per car and our car had two experienced drivers and two novices. Once the tents were erected I got a litle go in the pits and, despite the controls feeling totally alien at first, soon got the hang of it.

Official practice was delayed due to issues with the timing system but once underway our car made 1 1/2 laps before the chain jumped off the rear sprocket and getting stuck round the axle. This required the axle being removed curtailing any chance of me getting on track before the race. 

After the drivers briefing it was decided that I would be driver 4, meaning I would take the fourth, eighth and final stints of 30 minutes each. Luckily, due to the earlier timing issues the start was delayed and our car was back together in time to make the rolling start. 


When our car pulled into the pits for my first stint I would like to say our change over was professional but I made a hash of it and panicked leading to my first couple of laps out on circuit being slow while I regained composure. Soon enough though the car started to feel natural and my lap times improved. On my final stint I was lapping at an average of 16 mph which I thought was ok for a first attempt and we finally finished 6th out of 18 cars.

The weather was fantastic and the day was fun. If asked back I would love to have another go. It’s always great to try something new