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warren
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Posted - 05/01/2014 :  17:45:23  Show Profile  Visit warren's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Francois Fauvre gets most of the historic press for racing the Velocar recumbent bike in the 1930's and punishing the upright racers until the UCI banned recumbent bikes altogether.

Very little has been said of the historic female recumbent racers. Female cycling racers were downplayed in general in the early 1900s.

Evelyn Hamilton was a 1930s British cycle racing star, who was known for racing upright bikes.

This is picture of Evelyn Hamilton shows the 1930s British cycle racing star pedaling serenely through the French countryside.



Here's also a video of Evelyn Hamilton riding a Velocar.

While I was not able to locate anything about Evelyn actually racing a recumbent bike, judging by the fact that she dedicated her life to cycling (see the articles below), I would like to believe that she actually raced a velocar recumbent bike.

What I did find was that she "disappeared" from her bike shop in England during WWII and it was thought that she went to France. Apparently this is either was where she was filmed on the Velocar, or she brought it back to England with her.



The picture below shows her on a Velocar derived French recumbent bike called a "Velostable" that is beginning to look more like a tour-easy.

A note with this photo read "The latest in Bicycles, direct from Paris, as shown at the lightweight cycle show at the royal horticulture hall, London. What is proclaimed to be the "bicycle of the future: is an entirely new conception of the bicycle. On this machine the rider sits as in an armchair and presses forward to the pedals thus being able to employ the leverage of the powerful muscles of the back to assist the pedalling thrust. Great speeds are attainable on this machine and on one of the similar type but less advanced design, a continental rider has beaten records which the worlds best riders have attacked in vain on normal mounts." Dated 10/28/35

Here's a video of her on a Triumph Moller recumbent bicycle, which was introduced in 1936.

In fact, the Velocar is not the only recumbent the intrepid Miss Hamilton rode! Here's a video of her riding a Ravat Cycloratio SWB recumbent. The Cycloratio was patented in 1936 in England by a Frenchman, manufactured in France and imported into England by the Cyclo Gear Co.

Link to Google search of Evelyn Hamilton britain cyclist

-Warren.

(Added info on bike models from Mike Eliasohn)

Edited by - warren on 06/15/2014 17:00:57

Speedbiker
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Posted - 05/03/2014 :  07:13:22  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the cool article. I like the bike with the steering wheel. Is that inner ring for the horn, like on older cars?
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Jeff Wills
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Posted - 05/03/2014 :  21:38:31  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Speedbiker

Thanks for the cool article. I like the bike with the steering wheel. Is that inner ring for the horn, like on older cars?



I think what you're seeing is the brake cable.

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Speedbiker
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Posted - 05/04/2014 :  09:26:33  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yup, I see it now. If I had it I would put a steering wheel knob on it.
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Micro Craig
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Posted - 05/12/2014 :  09:04:13  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Warren:
With suitable credit to you and to recumbents.com, would you be willing to let this piece be published in IHPVA's next issue of Human Power News as an interesting historical perspective?
We are going to be doing a large piece by Chet Kyle on the history of the IHPVA and they would dovetail (sorta). Also, it might get out to a view more folks that way.

Thanks for considering the request.

Craig Johnsen
Editor, Human Power News
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warren
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Posted - 05/12/2014 :  09:07:14  Show Profile  Visit warren's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi Craig,

Yes, that sounds fine.

-Warren
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Micro Craig
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Posted - 05/14/2014 :  08:08:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Warren. I'll be in touch for the link(s).

Craig
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