Velonauts head to our Isle of Man CC Sportive this September

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Ever since we first saw a velomobile we have thought they would make an amazing sight on the TT course. And now, for 2018, we have our first velomobile entries – so far from Ian Perry and Neil Fleming. We're delighted to welcome them and can't wait to see them both in action. And in the meantime we have a new favourite word – 'velonaut'! 

Here's what Ian has to say: 

I had never heard of the IOMCC until Joe Mearns a co-organiser of the ride approached The British Human Powered Club to ask if any velomobile riders would be interested in taking part.  I have over the years undertaken quite a few hard rides, some over many days so this one piqued my interest when I saw that it’s on nothing less than the IOMTT course!  A quick check highlighted a ride profile that is very challenging, with long and sometimes steep ascents and very fast descents, and an option to do the circuit 3 times, this coupled with the chance to actually experience the history of this iconic circuit, the grandstand, the memorials to TT riders, famous pubs and be pampered as well made it a must do event.

 I do have reservations about riding though, my velomobile despite being light for its type due to its carbon fibre monocoque construction at 25kg was designed for going fast on flat lands, the design having originating in the Netherlands, so an added challenge for me will be the hills, I will be very slow up, and very fast down! If bravery and weather allows, or brakes fade, speeds of 80mph plus could be achieved.