Rollapaluza creates four-up roller rigs (perfect for schools)

Rollapaluza, the static bike racing experts, have introduced two new features to their roller race rigs, “four-up” digital timing and power measurement.

The Rollapaluza “two up” rigs have included digital timing for some time now, however testing and calibration of digital timing for their “four-up” rig has now finished and the complete setup with colour matched custom Condor bikes had its first run out at a London school last week.

206 kids took part in the event in four one hour sessions. The digital timing accurately records riders times down to 1/100th of a second and the large LED displays can be easily viewed from 50m away.

The digital “four up” rig will now be made available to other schools, as well as community, private and corporate work. The rigs will also be used at the Rollapaluza London League and National Series events.

Also just out of testing is Rollapaluza’s ability to record power output from competitors. In partnership with Cycleops, wheels used on the Rollapaluza Condor roller-race bikes have been fitted with Powertap hubs, precise instruments that give access to real-time performance measurements. (Kids love watching the rising watts as they pedal).

“We’re really pleased to have this power feature,” said Rollapaluza’s Paul Churchill.

“It means that we can add an extra ‘peak power’ competition within the existing format of our roller race events, but possibly more importantly we’ll be able to work more on health and fitness in our schools and community work.

Bike It officer to pedal in Coast’s Great Tour

Jason Falconer, the Sustrans Bike It officer for Bournemouth and Poole, has won a national magazine competition to join celebrities and sports stars to take part in the Great Tour, an endurance cycling challenge that will circumnavigate the coastline of Britain.

Falconer entered a competition in Coast Magazine and successfully became one of three people that were chosen to cycle a stage of the ride. He will begin his 714 km leg of the ride on 31st July in Scotland at Ullapool, finishing in Ayr on 6th August. The ride will climb 14, 545 metres in seven days.

Sustrans, via the cycle industry seed-funded Bike It scheme, works with 12 schools in Bournemouth and Poole, in partnership with Bournemouth and Poole P.C.T, to encourage children to cycle to school. Over the last school term, Falconer has worked with 2,340 children, organising events, activities and skills sessions to give the pupils encouragement and confidence to get to school under their own steam. Cycling (and scootering) levels at the school’s he works with have doubled since early 2009.

“I can’t wait to tell my cycling tales to the children when I get back into school after the holidays,” said Falconer. “It’s going to be a really tough challenge, but I hope it will encourage the children, and inspire them on to their bikes.”

The ride will be hosted by well known athletes who will be joined by a wide variety of guests and charity riders to “create a colourful and inspirational sporting celebration of the British coastline,” said a statement from Coast Magazine.

Bike It officer to pedal in Coast's Great Tour

Jason Falconer, the Sustrans Bike It officer for Bournemouth and Poole, has won a national magazine competition to join celebrities and sports stars to take part in the Great Tour, an endurance cycling challenge that will circumnavigate the coastline of Britain.

Falconer entered a competition in Coast Magazine and successfully became one of three people that were chosen to cycle a stage of the ride. He will begin his 714 km leg of the ride on 31st July in Scotland at Ullapool, finishing in Ayr on 6th August. The ride will climb 14, 545 metres in seven days.

Sustrans, via the cycle industry seed-funded Bike It scheme, works with 12 schools in Bournemouth and Poole, in partnership with Bournemouth and Poole P.C.T, to encourage children to cycle to school. Over the last school term, Falconer has worked with 2,340 children, organising events, activities and skills sessions to give the pupils encouragement and confidence to get to school under their own steam. Cycling (and scootering) levels at the school’s he works with have doubled since early 2009.

“I can’t wait to tell my cycling tales to the children when I get back into school after the holidays,” said Falconer. “It’s going to be a really tough challenge, but I hope it will encourage the children, and inspire them on to their bikes.”

The ride will be hosted by well known athletes who will be joined by a wide variety of guests and charity riders to “create a colourful and inspirational sporting celebration of the British coastline,” said a statement from Coast Magazine.