HPV World Championships 2015


The weekend of 22nd August (the day of the Crafted Classique where I did the 100km sportive) and the 23rd (when I went on the Sky Ride around Ipswich and then travelled to Germany for the Eurobike exhibition) saw the World Championships for Human Powered Vehicles, which this year was held in the Belgian town of Maasmechelen.

The first event was a 200m sprint (on the Friday evening), which came after a 1km “run up” on a straight, flat road. The speeds – given in km per hour – of the winners in the Mens, Fully Faired (i.e. velomobile or similar) are quite stunning:

1  Charles Henry CH  83.711 kph
2  Richard Schaffenroth DE  83.314 kph
3  Daniel Fenn DE  80.014 kph
4  Werner Klomp AT  77.720 kph
5  Erik Maynissen BE  76.751 kph
16  Brian Robertson GB  60.085 kph
17  Ian Perry GB  59.568 kph


The 100 km event on the Saturday morning comprised laps of 3.4 km with just 4 corners and long straight sections, with 2 slight slopes; one of 120m at 2% gradient and the other 600m at 1.5%. The raced ends when the first person completes 30 laps. The top 5 results plus the first two UK participants were:

1  Ymte Sijbrandij NL   50.59 kph
2  Charles Henry CH   49.48 kph
3  Richard Schaffenroth DE   47.01 kph
4  Werner Klomp AT   46.86 kph
5  Daniel Fenn DE  46.54 kph
8   Ian Perry GB   44.41 kph
17   Brian Robertson GB  37.95 kph


The final event was held on Sunday morning was a 1 hour time trial around a route of 1.9 km around a winding course with one short 80m climb of 6%, with the following numbers of laps being completed:

1  Daniel Fenn DE   26 laps
2  Ymte Sijbrandij NL   25 laps
3  Charles Henry CH   25 laps
4  Werner Klomp AT   24 laps
5  Richard Schaffenroth DE   24 laps
7  Ian Perry GB   23 laps
20  Brian Robertson GB   20 laps


Winners of each event were awarded 200 points, the runner-up got 199, third place received 198, and so on down the table. Points for the different events were then totalled to provide the following overall standings:

1  Charles Henry CH   597 points
2  Daniel Fenn DE   594 points
3  Richard Schaffenroth DE   593 points
4  Ymte Sijbrandij NL   592 points
5  Werner Klomp AT   591 points
9  Ian Perry GB   571 points
15  Brian Robertson GB   549 points


Well done to the two top British participants in this gruelling weekend of racing.


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