Here, I think, I’d rather be sitting

He smoked a Ferrari F430 Scudiera, a 503-horspower beast that hits 62 mph in 3.6 seconds.

He smoked a Ferrari F430 Scudiera, a 503-horspower beast that hits 62 mph in 3.6 seconds.

François Gissy hit 207 mph on a bicycle powered by three rocket engines. From Wired Magazine:

The bike, designed by Gissy’s friend Arnold Neracher, is for the most part normal. Aside from those rockets, of course. The frame is elongated, probably to improve stability, but the pedals still work. It rides on a pair of fat tires, and the brakes are standard stuff, albeit essentially useless at that kind of speed. Gissy can use them to stabilize himself, but mostly leaves them alone. Yes, brakes are the type of thing you usually improve before subjecting yourself supercar velocities and 1.96 Gs of acceleration, but whatever.

Dryland racing – doggie-style

Claudia Hanel with her dogs as she prepares them for a training session. (Western Star photo)

Claudia Hanel with her dogs as she prepares them for a training session. (Western Star photo)

Dog-scootering is to traditional mushing as kicking is to sledding – an alternative and adjunct. From the Corner Brook, Canada Western Star:

Claudia Hanel’s foray into dog sled racing is off to a good start with an impressive showing in Bristol.

Hanel, a 46-year-old Germany native who lives in Frenchman’s Cove, participated in two races at the 2014 Bristol Dryland Canadian Championship Dog Race Sunday in the Quebec town.

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Hanel is expected to participate in two more dryland races over the next two weeks with both taking place in the United States.

Her dryland races will include testing her dogs in canicross — cross-country running with the dogs pulling her from behind — and dog scootering, which involves one or more dogs pulling a human riding an unmotorized kick scooter.

(Hanel holds her own at Bristol dog races,’ The Western Star)

Baulkham Hills (Australia) man takes his footbiking to world championship

Optimum exercise: Michal Kozar: ''I get better exercise than riding a bike or running but it is less impact on your knees and joints. When you kick you have half of your body-weight on that leg instead of full weight when you run. Picture: Natalie Roberts.

Optimum exercise: Michal Kozar: ”I get better exercise than riding a bike or running but it is less impact on your knees and joints. When you kick you have half of your body-weight on that leg instead of full weight when you run. Picture: Natalie Roberts.

One day Michal Kozar was browsing the internet looking for a new sport to take up, perhaps to help him train for his marathons or tennis.

Kozar, who lives in Baulkham Hills, found footbiking – a form of racing on a light, extremely fast scooter with large road racing wheels – and it quickly became his sport of choice. Running and tennis were suddenly helping him prepare for footbiking.

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More Kick France partying

This time in the beautiful Bohemian forest, at the Tour of Šumava


Gee, that techno music just never gets old! @@

Par-tay! and a new Flemish footbike federation

Thijza Brouwer of the International Kicksled and Scooter Association writes: “A footbike weekend is organised to complete the Tour de France Project. It will be on October 10 and 11, 2013. If you want to read more about it go to the IKSA website.”


“Further we congratulate Flanders with the start of their own Footbike Federation. It is now online at www.stepbond.be.”

Off-topic (and a good thing, too)

British cyclist Mark Cavendish had urine thrown at him during the 11th stage of the Tour de France.

He just keeps on goin’

Fernando Zendrera (in white, above) adds to his considerable mileage – horizontal and vertical – with a kick up 1400 meters of altitude in the 86-kilometer Quebrantahuesos Medio Frondo.