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Nici Walde sets new women's human-powered 24-hour endurance record

Nici Walde sets new women's hu...
Nici Walde with her record-setting velomobile
Nici Walde with her record-setting velomobile
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Nici Walde with her record-setting velomobile
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Nici Walde with her record-setting velomobile
Nici Walde at the Opel test track ready to attempt the world HPV endurance record
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Nici Walde at the Opel test track ready to attempt the world HPV endurance record
Success! Walde hits a new record of 1,088 km in 24 hours
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Success! Walde hits a new record of 1,088 km in 24 hours
Supporters cheer Walde on out the window of an inconspicuously sponsor-branded car.
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Supporters cheer Walde on out the window of an inconspicuously sponsor-branded car.
Walde completed 227 laps of the Opel test center
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Walde completed 227 laps of the Opel test center
Walde reached speeds up to 56 km/h in her record attempt
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Walde reached speeds up to 56 km/h in her record attempt
Pedaling through the night – a huge challenge and a huge achievement
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Pedaling through the night – a huge challenge and a huge achievement
Walde crosses the finish line, setting a new world record
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Walde crosses the finish line, setting a new world record

Forty-four-year-old endurance athlete Nicola "Nici" Walde has beaten the women's world record for the greatest distance traveled in a human-powered vehicle (HPV) in 24 hours. Using a streamlined recumbent tricycle, Nici managed 227 laps of the Opel Test Center in Rodgau-Dudenhofen for a total of 1,088 km (676 mi) in 24 hours.

Walde beat the previous record of 1,012 km (628.8 mi) in just under 22 hours, and pushed onward to set her new mark. Just staying awake through the exhausting night proved a challenge in itself.

"I can't even think straight," Walde said at the finish line. "To break the women's 24-hour world record was my goal. It's too bad it rained – that got in the way of achieving even more. But I know one thing: This fantastic endeavour would not have been possible without Opel and their great support."

Walde crosses the finish line, setting a new world record
Walde crosses the finish line, setting a new world record

Weather conditions certainly didn't help. Temperatures up to 30° C (86° F) made for a sweaty ride in her enclosed velomobile, and "torrential" rain on the track added rolling resistance, so she had to give up on her stretch goal of knocking off the men's record of 1,219 km (757.5 mi) as well, and settle for just the women's world record to go with her previous women's 12-hour endurance HPV record.

The bike, specially constructed for the attempt by Walde's partner Daniel Finn, measured 257 cm long, 64 cm wide and 88 cm high (101.2 x 25.2 x 34.6 in). The whole device weighed in at just 14 kg (30.1 lb) despite its full aerodynamic fairing. Walde reached speeds up to 56 km/h (34.8 mph) during the run.

Source: Opel

1 comment
YuraG
Great job Nici and Daniel! A 14 kg velomobile, who would believe?