Friday, May 18, 2012

Laid Back

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Tour de Grove 19

One of the races at the Tour de Grove was for recumbent cycles, three-wheeled, hand cranked machines. They are often used by people with injuries or diseases that affect the legs.. These competitors take their racing as seriously as the bicycle riders.

I'm rather amazed at the riders who are almost fully reclined. Notice that they have no support for the head and neck. How do they take that for an half hour or more?

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Tour de Grove 18

13 comments:

Olivier said...

superbe post, j'aime beaucoup la derniere photo, avec cette sensation de chaleur sortant de la route

Paul in Powell River said...

Always wanted to try one of these!

cieldequimper said...

I agree with Olivier, the last shot is fabulous.

s.c said...

If they have head support there is danger of falling in sleep. I think that there where some tests here in Holland about that aspect of cycling in a lying position.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

I also do not understand how they could maintain that position of the head and neck. Hopefully there is someone at the end of the ride that is ready to give them a neck and shoulder massage.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

I just saw Kate's Visual St. Paul post and today she has recumbent tricycles featured as well. Rather than a race, she is showing a couple who is on a three-month cycling trip.

Kate said...

Dave's comment on my blog re. your trikes sent me over here. These certainly are different from the ones I feature today. Come see!

William Kendall said...

Very cool!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Fantastic viewpoint in the last image Bob, but my neck is aching just from looking at above shots. I was watching a movie on TV the other evening and there was a scene set in St Louis and there in the background was the Arch, I got a little excited to see it I must admit!!

Jack said...

I have read that recumbent bicycles are supposed to be better for the riders than traditional bicycles. But, I can't undertstand those claims. I am sticking with my trusty Trek.

Virginia said...

Bob,
Wonderful photos of these riders with so very much determination! I especially love the last one. Well how did you do that one? Oh maybe your knees aren't completely shot are they!

Thanks for these. I hope you will share with the participants!
V

Oakland Daily Photo said...

I've seen lots of recumbent bikes, but none that low with such an oblique angles. I'd need a back and neck rest.

JM said...

This is amazing! I also love the bottom shot.