|2012 Australian International Pedal Prix|
Team Phantom is in the final stages of preparations for the annual Australian International Pedal Prix 24hour HPV race held at Stuart Reserve in Murray Bridge this weekend.
This year the team will be racing "Beyond New".
Despite winning the race in 2011 by a slim one lap margin, team manager Tim Corbett said rather than a title defense, the team were just looking to have a good time.
He said "we have to be realistic, a lot has changed in the past year, we don't have the same strength team, so really our goal this year is just to have fun".
The team will consist of eight or nine riders - who will ride one to four times each, supported by seven support crew.
Team Phantom wishes all participants a safe and enjoyable race.
|Records to fall?|
Team Phantom Team Manager - Tim Corbett will be attempting to break records this Wednesday!
Tim is will be attempting to break one or more records. In his sights are the Australian one and six hour distance records, and potentially the World one hour (low altitude) distance record.
Tim has designed and manufactured a special aerodynamic speed vehicle for the attempt (pictured below during testing).
Expected kick off approx 10am, this Wednesday, April 18th
Geelong Showgrounds (79 Breakwater Road, East Geelong, VIC)
Spectators welcome- please enter gate 2. Please note Tim won't be available to chat until after the attempt.
Will be published to The Phantom TT Facebook page
Team Phantom wish Tim all the best for his first record attempt!!
|Team Phantom Winners!|
After 8 years of team and vehicle development, Team Phantom have clenched a record breaking 1 lap victory at the annual Australian International Pedal Prix 24hour HPV race held at Stuart Reserve in Murray Bridge, completing 497 laps to convincingly pass the previous record by 22laps. This is how it happened...
The final podium: Team Phantom 1st, Aurora 2nd, and Trisled 3rd - image thanks to Alisha Hele
This year has been perhaps one of our least stressful build missions of recent years. Some mid-year power testing showed that we were losing some power in the driveline, so we decided to renew the lower bodywork (it was tired from 2 years of hard racing!) and fix the driveline issues at the same time. We tested a variety of different driveline setups, return chain-line management ideas, and purchased rollers from various manufacturers around the globe to compare with our own hand fabricated rollers, to find the most efficient driveline combination. After changing our two drive rollers to different alternatives, and removing our 4x return rollers (yes, FOUR!), we managed to reduce our driveline drag by approximately 20watts. Anyone who’s done some testing will realize that this is a LOT.
Other than driveline, we made a few minor adjustments to body fit up, lifting the nose and forward ground clearance significantly. This allowed us to do several other things: 1) to return our kingpin arrangement to its original design position, thus eliminating any chance of repeats of our kingpin problem from MB2010 (which I still contend was only a 2 minute fix anyway! ). The refitted kingpins allowed us to 2) lower our CG by about 8mm for further improvements in cornering. The refitted fairing gave us more room above the cranks, allowing us to 3) increase our crank length from 165 to 170mm. We also shaved a bit of weight here and there, cutting about 1.5kg out of our overall mass.
Otherwise, everything else was the same as our previous bike. Same slippery John Taylor Silver Bullet external package and dimensions. Same chassis. Same internal airflow arrangement. Same dual lid we used from 2009 and 2010 with some nice clean new windows. Same everything, with some renewed artwork and clean coat of paint. Just a slightly renewed and rejuvenated version of our bike which had affectionately become known to our team as The Newbi. And thus the naming convention for our bike at Murray Bridge: Re-Newbi-ed.
Compared to other years, we also put a much greater emphasis training specificity, with all team members spending much more time training in our race bikes. A decision was made early in the season to buy our beloved S-Chair back from Ben Harnetty as a training vehicle for our Melbourne based team members. I don’t think the presence of our two vehicles at several Casey and Geelong training sessions went unnoticed!
The reduced build pressure meant more time was spent doing things like sleeping and training. This meant the majority of our team arrived on time and rejuvenated at Murray Bridge on the Thursday, rather than late, tired and sleep deprived as has often been the case in previous years. As usual, our forward crew had arrived and setup pits and tents for the remainder of the team – A big thank you to Rusty, Brian, Matt and Gemma. This left us with just a few minor items to bolt on to meet scrutineering requirements. There was of course the usual tinkering in the lead up to practice, but nothing serious. For a change, we actually spent time perfecting seat inserts, practicing a few rider changes to shave some time off our pit change laps, and focusing on rider specific ergonomic details.
Adding stickers in some idle time between scrutineering and the Practice session.
During practice we were able to set a quick lap early in the session while traffic was minimal, securing a spot in the shoot-out and leaving the remainder of the session for our riders to re-acquaint themselves with the course and the conditions. In particular, our newest and youngest (16y/o) team member Ryan Lloyd had the opportunity to experience both day and night riding prior to the race getting underway the following day. Until then, he had never experienced HPV racing, the track, or the congested conditions!
The Race: how it happened from Team Phantom’s perspective.
Compared to prior years, our 2011 campaign featured our smallest team on record of a mere 14 people, including both riders and support crew! Although we had 8 named riders at the beginning of the race, two of our riders were ill, with Ron in particular running a sever fever until the Wednesday prior to the race – until the Thursday morning he couldn’t manage exposure to daylight or television without severe migraine attack! We effectively started the race with only 7 riders. Starting not 1 but 3 riders short from a maximum of 10 allowed by the rules, is not the most confidence inspiring way to be starting a 24hr endurance race.
During the race, riders spent time resting with their feet up thanks to a well drilled support crew
However, although we had a small crew everyone knew their job, each other, the vehicle and how to handle it: We were confident that every rider (except perhaps Ron) would be able to pull comparatively similar lap times to each other for the entire 24hrs. This team felt like our race winning “boring and repeatable” team from Wonni ’10, but perhaps made even more “boring and repeatable” with our slower riders really stepping up their training and HPV preparation for Murray Bridge. A strong team, but one we’d hardly rate as a powerhouse outfit compared to the lineups of Bluehisft, Trisled and the underrated Aurora. We really had no idea how we would run in comparison to the other front running favorites.
Ross Gehrig, waiting at the start line - image thanks to Alisha Hele
The parade lap - Image thanks to Rhys Bartlett
Given that our lead out rider Ron would not be starting (and perhaps not even riding) we had no clear rider earmarked to start the race. Thankfully, an exuberant Ross Gehrig (our very own ranga-powered rider!) stepped up and took on the challenge. A bit of a surprise, as only 2 weeks earlier he was only promising 2 short stints for the race and would have otherwise ridden last in our riding order. Our team strategy has always been to run from fastest rider to slowest, to give the faster guys the most opportunity to spend longer in the driver seat. SO, imagine the boost to our team moral, seeing our ‘last’ rider circulating strongly with a level head in 2nd position after about 30mins of racing. EVERYONE was pumped.
We all knew right then, we were in with a real chance.
The opening minutes of the race show's Ross lifting the inside wheel with some assistance from the gusty winds - Image thanks to Tom Floyd
Having finally found 20mins to clear my head and relax after the chaos of coordinating the team and vehicle to the start line, I had the clarity to spend some time getting my body temp down prior to starting my first stint. When Ross pulled in after a solid 45mins of 2: 44’s, I jumped in for my first stint and took off at what I thought was a reasonably easy pace, even though my HR monitor was suggesting otherwise. I put it down to the temperature, and tried to keep my HR down by backing off the intensity and splashing lots of cold water on myself. Despite feeling like I was working at snail pace, I soon found myself in the race lead after a long string of sub 2:40’s. The bike was running perfectly, and a nice flow of circulated air from a pair of jerry-rigged toy fans certainly helped ward of the heat.
Early in the race conditions were HOT! ...Tim Corbett indicating 3 laps till I'm done. Image thanks to Ducky
Pretty soon the heat still caught up with me, so I called my “3laps till I’m spent”, pitted, and handed over to our bearded-iest and hall-mark freakshow rider, Jarrod Lambourn. Although down on his stellar form of 2008 and 2009, Jarrod had definitely improved since suffering a broken arm in the lead up to MB2010, and proceeded to extend our lead at the front with 45mins at a sublime lap split average of 2:42. The pattern for the remaining riders had been set: 2:40 to 2:45 was the lap split range to chase.
Our biggest riders Matt and Rich (each are over 6f 5in!) then followed up with solid and consistent 45min stints at 2:45 average. Our lead had already extended to multiple laps over our key competitors, with Aurora looming two laps back. After some initial 3:00 min flat laps, our HPV noob Ryan Llyod converted his MTB experience into HPV confidence, and settled into a regular 2:42 pace. An exceptional effort for a first time rider competing in his first ever HPV race.
Ian then jumped in for his first stint and was keen to prove his worth after his most complete lead up preparation for any HPV race in 12 years of racing. He immediately proceeded to peel off our most impressive lap time for the race of 4:58. What? Yes, 4:58. Ian described the incident as “The hardest thing I’ve ever done in HPV” In his out lap, another vehicle had tipped onto our bike causing him to run over the kerbing at Channel 7, which damaged the right hand wheel. Unfortunately, the wheel completely undid itself directly in front of our pits just after our pit entry, so he had to ride a complete lap with the right hand side of the vehicle dragging on the ground. With the wheel replaced, he was then able to get back to sub 2:50 splits despite spending himself almost completely on the 2nd lap.
Cooler afternoon racing conditions, with Aurora looming close behind - Image thanks to Ducky
As the evening approached and conditions began to cool off, our very sick 8th rider Ron decided he was ready to jump in for a quick stint and keep the bike going for a bit longer before we started our second rotation of riders – we were going to need the recovery as we’d be riding with 7 from then forward! Yet another remarkable performance from one of our team members. Everyone was stepping up, and at the end of our first rotation less than 6 seconds separated our fastest rider from our slowest rider’s average lap splits. “Boring and repeatable” had become anything but boring!
It was at about this stage that our tactics changed gears a little bit. We’d survived the heat of the afternoon with everyone still fresh and intact. It was time to break the 2 lap rubber band back to 2nd spot. Stint lengths increased. Lap splits dropped. I’d spent a lot of time during the year racing 6hr MTB races both solo and in pairs, and decided to replicate those conditions now: 1hour in, 2hrs recovery. 1hour in, 2hrs recovery, 1hour in…
Backed up by strongmen Gehrig, J-Rod, and Rich, we quickly extended our buffer from 2 laps to 5 laps by midnight. Gehrig and J-Rod both went close to averaging sub-2:40 splits for close to an hour each. Rich threw down an epic 97min stint averaging 2:50, despite the headrest being torn out of our night lid from an incident while J-Rod was piloting. Ryan, Matt and Ian backed up with solid 2:50’s for 3 hours between them. During this time, we were also able to take full advantage of our dual-lid setup. Minor damage was repaired with minimal time lost in pits: with level heads our pit crew simply swapped between our lids and we kept racing. The weeks of work to build a second lid had paid off by keeping the bike circulating rather than stopped in pits making repairs.
At about 2 in the morning, we had our largest incident of the race, coming into contact with two other bikes that had crashed seconds in front of us prior to yellow flags being waived. The incident tore out a large section of our floor around the right hand wheel well, which we were unable to repair due to its position on the bike. Surprisingly, the hole was only was costing us about 5km/hr, estimated at 5-7 seconds a lap. After 2 hours we’d established that we were still able to circulate at 2:48-2:53 with the same effort, and we’d managed to maintain our 4-5lap buffer despite several stoppages with other track incidents. From 4am onwards we made a clear decision to change our race strategy, and went into conserve mode to focus on maintaining our buffer and ensure no further damage was sustained to the vehicle. This meant the chasing Aurora would have to keep pushing extremely hard to circulate at 2:35-2:40 or better over a sustained period, and risk blowing up and/or crashing if they were to make any serious challenge for the race lead.
Tim Corbett examining the hole in floor after the completion of the race.
Thankfully, as the sun came up the racing conditions also cleaned up, and we were able to stick to our revised race plan and utilize our 4 lap buffer to the end of the race. Although we lost two of these laps (sure, the final race margin was shown at only 1 lap), we knew exactly how far back Aurora was at every stage, and kept our bike together to the end of the race to clench a narrow and exciting 1 lap victory!
Of course, we were too busy focusing on the margins to realize we’d just beaten the previous course record by 22laps! We’d also snuck in with the fastest lap of the open category at midnight with a 2:28, some 3 seconds faster than Aurora/Trisled. We feel the result was partly due to exceptionally good weather (no fogging!), partly due to improved track conditions, but mostly due to a robust bike, great external and internal aerodynamics, and a solid crew of riders to keep the bike going around for 24hrs! Our small group of riders (7.something) rode a smart and conservative race assisted by a minimal but talented support crew of 6. Brains can beat brawn!
Team Phantom riding crew, from left to right: Ron, Ryan, Matt, Jarrod, Rich, Ian, Tim, Ross
Riders: (in order of appearance)
Ross Gehrig (ranga power!)
Tim Corbett (some call him Moses)
Jarrod Lambourn (J-Rod, aka Grizzly Adams)
Rich Campbell (twitchy Ritchie)
Ryan “Brucy scooty sanchez” Lloyd
Matt McCurdy (Kent)
Ian Butler (the Killah)
Ronald Purtle (the sick one)
Support Crew and Race management
Alister McBride (Team manager)
Brain Roche (IT systems)
Russel Jorgenson (Rusty! Worked the coffee machine to keep us all awake)
Gemma Ryan (all-round awesome type)
Jess McCurdy (another all-round awesome type)
Eammon Sullivan (Dr Flange Grinder – worked tirelessly to report our stats during the race)
Our small and eclectic crew at presentations.
Post Race Thoughts
Since returning from MB, the enormity of it all has really started to settle in. We’ve had time to pour over the race stats, think about and through the what if’s, and accept that after 8 years of continual development, we’ve finally won the biggest race on the HPV calendar, AND set a new course record in the process!
We’ve also accepted that being “boring and repeatable” takes much more than good luck. It’s no accident that our slowest regular (non-pit) lap for the race was a 4:58. This was due to the completely destroyed RH wheel as described earlier in Ian’s first stint. Otherwise, every other lap was below 4 minutes. The bike literally never stopped moving for more than a minute over the entire 24 hours. We were helped immensely in this respect by some nifty electronic gizmo’s developed by Ian, Brian and Rusty through the year. With their satellite tracking system and heads up display, knew exactly where our bike was at every second of the race, and would know within seconds if our bike had come to an unexpected standstill or was traveling slower than expected. This meant we could respond instantly to track incidents without having to nervously wait for traditional response methods to track incidents.
For a short while, we all wondered whether we’d earned our victory, or whether we just got lucky. But then, we start to look at our stats and our race management:
- Every rider was within 10 seconds average lap times of each other, for the entire length of the race. We’ve never come remotely close to this in 8 years of racing (yes, we’ve being keeping statistics for THAT long).
- Our slowest regular lap for the race was a 4:58, despite having several unfortunate and un-intentional track incidents.
- Our vehicle robustly survived these race incidents
- Our support crew reacted decisively to any and all incidents and kept us circulating
- Our race manager level headedly piloted us through the mayhem of 24hrs, freeing up our riders to focus purely on riding.
- We methodically built a race winning lead through our second rotation of riders
- We strategically conserved during our final rotation of riders and maintained this buffer rather than try to extend our lead and risk damaging our vehicle.
The Phantom Team gather up minutes after the race to celebrate the win - Image thanks to Alisha Hele
We’ve accepted that our race win was no accident! “Team” Phantom won the race: Every rider and member of the support crew contributed to the victory, and we are proudly taking ownership of the win!
|Team Phantom Win 2011 Australian International Pedal Prix|
Team Phantom "Re-newbi-ed" has won the 2011 Australian International Pedal Prix, held in Murray Bridge this weekend. Over 1,068km covered in 24 hours of intense racing.
More to come...
|The Phantom TT on Facebook|
The Phantom TT is being developed as a pure-bread speed trike, mostly for longer distance/endurance record attempts. Although progress has been slow the last two months, a major progress milestone was reached today with the first trial fit-up of the fairing to the chassis completed.
The fitup was completed with the help of HPV guru Alistair McBride, who has been off the HPV for the past few years. Tim is happy to report the overall dimensions of the bike are much smaller than originally anticipated, with the potential for more cross-section to be removed with straightforward modifications to the bodywork.
Full images and progress descriptions can be viewed and followed on the Phantom TT Facebook group:
The Phantom TT
|Team Phantom 2nd in close fought battle at AIPP|
Team Phantom Riders, left to right: Tim Corbett, Ronald Purtle, Matt McCurdy, Tim Marquardt, Richard Cambpell, Jarrod Lambourn, Ian Butler, Mick Micallef, Ryan Moody (image courtesy of Jess Micallef)
Preparation and lead up
Preparation in the lead up to Murray Bridge was relatively straight forward this year compared to earlier years, as a new vehicle was not being constructed. Instead, Phantom team members opted to continue racing and developing our proven race winning vehicle, "The Newbi". However, it had always been our plan to build a second interchangeable lid for our beast, and this kept Phantom team members busy right up to the start of the race. Numerous team members completed several long nights working on the bike in the crucial lead up to the race. With a fresh coat of paint and renewed decals, the Newbi looked ready to take up the challenge at the 26th (?) installment of the Australian International Pedal Prix 24hour endurance HPV race.
Last minute preparations (image courtesy of Ducky)
Practice + shoot out
From early in the practice session, it was clear that recent additions to the bike had added some much needed speed, with Team Phantom sitting in 3rd fastest for most of the practice session until a late charging Blueshift nudged us out of the Shootout lineup. With the excuse of "I didn't feel very good earlier, I want to warm up some more" Ronny snuck back in the trike in the dying minutes of practice and soon had us back in the shootout with a very respectable 2:30 flat. This paved the way for our veteran rider, Tim Marquardt, who had not raced at Murray Bridge and couldn't make it for the Friday practice session, to get some much needed experience on the course before racing started later in the day.
The Top 15 Shootout - with Tim Marquardt checking out the track for the first time (image courtesy of Jess Micallef)
In the cool and dry conditions in the opening hours, the pre-race favorites Tru-Blu, Phantom, Trisled and Bluehshift were the clear contenders with a sizable gap opening on the rest of the field. At the pointy end, we were swapping the lead with Tru-Blu for our first 3 riders. After this point, the whether demonstrated some of what it had in store for later in the race, with on and off drizzle for several hours. With a rock solid vision package, Trublu built a solid lead of 4-5 laps while we floundered with vision problems. Several lid changes and vent setups were trialled at this stage, but with a sizable hole cut in the front screen our running speed was hampered. We also lost some time at this point with a black flag and poor communication as a result of not starting our headlights prior to Mickl's stint.
A clean(ish) looking Phantom from the early hours of the race (image courtesy of Nicola Hallard)
As the conditions dried out and we returned to the start of our rider order, we were able seal up our front screen and begin to bridge the gap to Tru-Blu. With the aid of some unfortunate TruBlu mechanicals, Ronny, Jarrod and Tim managed to draw back the gap and return to the lead lap. Just as we looked ready to draw clear, Tim again returned to pits early with cramps. Meanwhile, a broken fairing mount and a trip to the welding bay had opened a sizable gap to third placed Trisled. Interestingly, both TruBlu and Phantom were still on track to easily crack the previous race record, despite the less-than-perfect weather conditions.
However, the weather gods had other ideas! As the patchy weather turned to drizzle, and then drizzle to rain, the race became a struggle for visibility. TruBlu's rock solid front screen setup again proved to be the key, opening the gap again. No amount of lid changes and variations to our front and side screens were able to match their pace.
Whiteout! A very dirty and vision impaired Phantom in the early daylight hours. (image courtesy of Alisha Hele)
As the race drew into its closing hours the gap to TruBlu continued to seesaw between 1 and 2 laps, with a hard charging Trisled making up significant ground to draw within 2 laps of Phantom with 2 hours to go. Luckily, Mickl and Ronny were able put in solid stints to cement our 2nd place position, and even draw within 1 lap of TruBlu with only an hour to race. With 2nd place tied up 1 lap down and only minutes to spare, we were faced with our only mechanical for the race with a kingpin bolt rattling loose. Content with 2nd place, final rider Jarrod pushed the bike to the finish line and waited for the cavalcade to arrive.
Although we might have felt otherwise, post race analysis showed that our real strength at this race was being "boring and repeatable" - a major factor in our Wonthaggi win earlier in the year. Compared to the other leading teams, Phantom suffered far less mechanical problems throughout the race, with our most notable problem being Ian picking up a rogue water bottle in our LHS wheel tub, which required an unscheduled pit stop to remove.
Congratulations to TruBlu on yet another win, and to Trisled who also rode hard all the way to the end to complete the most closely fought edition of the Pedal Prix in recent years.
Team Phantom and TruBlu post 24hrs of close and hard fought racing. Bullet canopies, 1st and 2nd! (image courtesy of Brenton Pearman)
Finally, a big thank-you and shout out to our support crew who worked tirelessly through the night to steer Phantom to our highest place finish at the 24hr AIPP.
The Future for Team Phantom?
Although content with our hard fought 2nd place, we remain undecided about future races. Perhaps a break from racing will revive the batteries for a return to Murray Bridge in 2011.
|Phantom rider dossiers released!|
In alphabetical order, to avoid arguments:
Affectionately known as "the Killer"(he hasn't hurt a thing in his life...), Ian is our resident hydration expert and enforcer of the golden rule of bodily fluids. A master in the art of the "Double Spin class", Ian has recently demonstrated perhaps some the best form of his life. Ian has a long history in HPV, starting out with Catholic Regional College in 1998 in year 9, and has been racing with the Phantom Team since its inception.
Our resident powerhouse semi-deisel loco, "Twitchy Richy" doesn't mind the odd spot of Audax riding. Keen observers will note Richo's presence in the Phantom by his tell-tale wiggle out on the course. Our team's newest recruit, Rich joined the Phantom team at the Casey 6 hour earlier this year, and after nervous bigginings, stamped a firm position in the Phantom Team at this year's Wonthaggi 24hr HPV race.
A mastermind PhD composites expert know-it-all type, "The Doc" is our cheif vehicle design and construction engineer. Team members have grown to love his zany eccentricity, despite often finding it dificult to deceifer his mostly incoherant ramblings. Tim brings over 10 years of HPV develpoment experience with various schools along with 6 years of racing to the Phantom Team. With some impressive stats like holding the World 6 Hour Trike Record for a period of time, we suspect Tim is ready to perform again this coming weekend after a year's hiatus from the pinnacle of 24hr HPV: Murray Bridge.
Every team has their pet freak. And Phantom is no exception. Although unsure of exactly how this man acheives sublime lap splits, all team members unanimously agree that the J-Rod is our star performer. Developing un-naturally good trials bike skills at an early age, after drifting MTB's around corners for laughs, Jarrod thinks nothing of manovouring trikes cleanly through traffic, at speed, around corners, on two wheels and taking a drink, all at the same time. Its just what he does. Introduced to HPV at Grovedale Secondary College in Hybrid in the late 90's.
The biggest Phantom member weighing in at a mere 89kgs and a staggering 6ft 6in of towering goodness, it has been a constant battle to shoe-horn the ring-barked McCurdy into ever smaller vehicles. Always quick with a quip, Matty can be relied upon to bolster team morale and liven the atmoshpere for all. Brought into the HPV world at Newhaven College way back in 2000, Matty's been put in the 'too difficult to fit' basket by most. Having successfully tempered a tendancy to grow horns once immerged in a racing HPV shell, we see this big bundle of muscles finally taking something resembling decent race lines, and has remained crash free for the past year.
Our team's oldest member by a long stretch, Tim has raced with the Phantom team on and off over the previous 3-4 years. Tim takes an active role with OzHPV, also building and developing high speed streamliners, notably purchasing the moulds of the Kyle Edge speedbike some years ago. With a background of triathlon, this man is not afraid flirt with the pain barrier, and certainly looks to have the fitness aspect of racing well covered. The "Marq's" has taken on Phantom's riding advice with gusto, and has recently demonstrated an newfound ambition at the driving wheel of Phantom's vehicle "The Newbi".
Like so many of the Phantom Team, Mickl has an interesting history and HPV lineage. Originaly of Golden Square and BSSC, Michael ran his own HPV team with "The Hoff" at the Wonthaggi 24hr race in 2006, before being picked up as a BYR strongman in 2006. Departing BYR for a season with Blueshift in 2009, Mick then traversed to Phantom for Casey and Wonthaggi 24hr GP earlier this year, and his since decided to stay on with the team for a bit. Powered by a never ending supply of spag-bol, baked beans and Tuna, his lap times are never far off the mark even off minimal preperation. Although down on form from Wonthaggi, we expect another sterling performance from the Pickel at Bridge '10.
The "Energiser bunny" of our group, Ryan became a late edition to the Phantom Team after sickness devastated his re-qaulification attempt for the world Solo 24hr MTB championships (on a fully rigid, Single speed MTB, no less), being held in October in Canberra later this year. Also with a long HPV history, Ryan was a member of the winning Southern Alliance HPV team from WAY-back-when, along with a spate of Catholic Region College victories during his high school days. Ryan now has various focuses such as marathon solomon running, 6, 12 and 24hr solo MTB racing, cross country skiing, to name but a few. Wherever possible, the rest of his time (how you ask?) is spent on the side of a mountain or rock wall. This guy simply has too much energy. But what effect has his recent bout of sickness taken? We shall soon know. (http://rymoody.wordpress.com/)
Our second Wonthaggi recruit, Ronny is rarely anything other than one of the fastest team members. Starting HPV a year or so before Big Matt, he has also run his own very successful HPV team "Vento Racing" at the Wonthaggi 24hr HPV race for many years. Although recovering from a recent cold and flu Ronny brings a solid season of road racing to this year's, and quite possibly Phantom's final serious, assualt on Murray Bridge.
A mysterious fellow who has been with us in spirit for years, Laerst provides the driving ambition for the team. Some say he was born to a pedal-cab driver in Taiwan, and that he has written more books than he has read. Still yet others say he has a weekend job with Bruce Wayne policing Gotham City, and that he has no concept of anything other than "flat out". A ghost who walks among us, all we know is, we call him... "The Phantom"
Derrick: Todd, (Ex Phantom Rider) as Head vehicle mechanic
Gehrig: Ross, (Ex Phantom Rider) as Cheif timing and stats man
Roche: Brian, long time die-hard support crew and graveshift-er
Jorgensen: Russell, almost as long time support crew and fellow graveshift-ee
Van-Der Broek: Phil, fills the (very few) gaps left between Rusty and Brian.
McCurdy: Brendan, food nazi and force feeder
Oakley: Geoff, cheif entertainment officer and fellow flag waiver
McCurdy: Jess, fellow entertainment officer and flag bearer
Marquardt: Bryce, the stop watch man. Accurate to the millisecond.
|Phantom survive 12hour shakedown|
Apparantly, there was a storm...
While the rest of Victoria was bracing for the perhaps the largest deluge in decades, Phantom headed to their local testing ground unperterbed. Rain, wind, hail, and very slow queues at Kardina Cafe were braved by Phantom Team Members in their final 12 hour shakedown before the largest race for the year, the 24hr culmination of the Australian International Pedal Prix series.
With several lesson's being re-learnt during the shakedown, Phantom have emerged from the test and training session confident of a far more consistent team across the entire rider lineup than at any race they've attended in recent history.
Final touches will continue to be added to our existing race proven vehicle "The Newbi" over the next week and a half, in what promises to be the fastest and closest racing ever experienced at the 24hr Pedal Prix at Murray Bridge. Team Phantom wish all competitors the best in their final preperations over the next week and a half, and look forward to clean, competitive racing.
Tim Corbett is a very ambitious, if not eccentric individual. Always the man to try new and wacky things. It culminated in Tim briefly being the World 6 hour solo record holder in 2009, using the trusty S-Chair which has recently been sold on.
Tim is ready to take his efforts to a new level in 2011 in the form of the Phantom TT Trike (Phantom T3 anyone?). The TT will consist of a metal chassis wrapped in the Phantom gt6’s super tiny composite body and many innovations packed inside.
You can keep an eye on progress by joining the Phantom TT Facebook page. Tim would love to share his journey with you;
“The Phantom TT is being created to go after a suite of HPV (Human Powered Vehicle) world records. This group is about keeping my friends, family and anyone else who is interested in my plight up to date with the latest info RE: progress, development, planned events, and anything else closely related.”
The plan at this stage is to have a prototype up and running by later in the year and to contest the Lang Lang trials on Easter long weekend, 2011.
|Phantom 4th at Casey 6 hour|
Team Phantom has taken their Cool NaNas vehicle to a strong 4th place in the latest installment of the Casey 6 hour in Melbourne.
The race is a fantastic shake down event for many teams looking to be fast at Wonthaggi later in the next month and this was no exception for Phantom.
Two new riders in Richard Campbell and Michael Micallef were given race time in the vehicle, while Team Manager, Tim Corbett watched progress from the pit wall.
The race started well for Cool NaNas, with Tim Maquardt pushing the vehicle to its limits in pursuit of Tru-Blu Racing. Although the chase was fruitless it did net us a comfy 2nd position that we held on to for over 2 hours over the ExPats.
Eventually a puncture and a vehicle rollover from Richard (he got that monkey off his back early!) put us behind, down to 4th place and in pursuit of Trisled’s “Son of Tiger”.
Ron Purtle and Mat McCurdy put in some mega stints, with Ronny almost robotic in putting out 2’04 after 2’04. Mat was not far off!
Michael had a lackluster stint, a little bit off the pace and ready to train his arse off for the upcoming Wonthaggi 24.
Todd Derrick brang it home with a 70 minute run that produced some impressive lap times and a nasty tyre blow out in the dying minutes.
Overall Team Phantom were happy with the result, especially Tim Corbett;
“We had the speed to win the race today but were unlucky with tyre wear and the like. With some futher fine tuning and stronger legs we should be a contender at Wonthaggi in 3 weeks time”
Phantom would like to thank Deakin Uni Students Association and Congratulate Tru-Blu, ExPats and Trisled for their podium finishes. See you all at Wonthaggi!
|Maryborough Time Trial|
The boys at Team Phantom took out a 1-2-3 result at the 2010 Maryborough Time Trial all the way back on Australia Day. Considering the lack of community teams this was to be expected!
This day for all intents and purposes was intended as a test session for some new parts installed in “the newbie” and to guage the fitness levels of whoever could make it on the day.
1st rider in was Michael Micallef, who struggled badly with the lack of ventilation and warmer then usual conditions. Michael still had a go of it however, traveling at 100km/h outside Avoca. He completed the course in a sweaty 1 hour and 21 minutes. Way short of his previous run in this event all the way back in 2007, but relieved none the less to have survived;
“It was the toughest anything I’ve ever done. I nearly gave up so many times, but kept going because there was no other way to get the vehicle back to Maryborough but pedal!”
Todd Derrick was the 2nd Phantom rider to have a run. Todd was new to this form of racing yet dealt with the high speeds with ease. He was keeping up with the pace set by Michael in the previous run yet blew up only a kilometer from the finish, suffering massive heat stroke. Todd put it bluntly when the lid was finally opened;
“Its f#@%(^* hot in here”.
Todd’s condition was so serious he had to attend the Maryborough pool to bring his body temp back down to normal!
Team Manager Tim Corbett was the final run for the day and went out with all guns blazing. The data showed that at the 16km/ turn 1 mark Tim was over 2km ahead of both Michael and Todd. He slowed dramatically and mysteriously after this point, and eventually finished with a time of 1 hour, 36 minutes!
“There is something either very wrong with this vehicle today, or something wrong with me. The only positive out of this for me is that I beat my PB I set back in 2007”
Tim eventually found the cause of the slow run, with a rod end rattling loose from the tie rod, causing massive tire scrub depending on how the steering handle was manipulated at the time. Very disappointing.
And so final results were;
1st- Michael Micallef- 1’21
2nd- Todd Derrick- 1’24
3rd- Sam O’dea- 1’28
4th- Tim Corbett- 1’36
Big thanks to OZ hpv for organizing the event. It’s a great event and it’d be great to see more teams out on the roads of Maryborough and Avoca racing the clock next year!
Some Time Trialing, yesterday.
|Team Phantom 3rd in the 2009 HPV Super Series|
Team Phantom secured 3rd place overall in the 2009 Australian HPV SUPER SERIES, just 4 points shy of 2008 champions, TAFE SA Blueshift.
The series began in May on the streets of Adelaide, kicking off with a 6 hour race in very poor conditions against some strong opposition. The S-Chair placed 5th after some visibility issues and a couple of rollovers.
Further down the track in July, Round 2 was held. It was for the 1st time a 9 hour race and, like round 2, extremely wet. With better prep and a bit more luck on their side the S Chair crew managed the 2nd fastest lap of the race on their way to 4th place. A whooping 14 laps behind an as ever dominant Tru-Blu Racing but more importantly only 3 laps behind 2nd placed Trisled Fresh Racing, the eventual series champions of 2009.
Round 2 was also the final race for the S-Chair. A breakthrough vehicle for Team Phantom, it was eventually sold to Strathdale Racing where it is still at the pointy end of the field in the 2010 series.
In September the HPV fraternity traveled to Murry Bridge for the final round of the super series, the Australian International Pedal Prix. Big races call for big changes, and Team Phantom joined the likes of Blueshift and Bendigo Youth Racing by debuting a new vehicle. Simply known as “the newbie”, it featured an all new carbon chassis and John Taylor’s “Bullet Canopy”, made famous by Tru-Blu Racing’s dominance while using it in previous races.
Preparation was lacking at this stage, with the vehicle being rushed to the grid come Saturday afternoon. The team did put a huge effort in to get the vehicle to the grid and so a big pat on the back for that!
Team Phantom eventually finished a grueling 24 hours with a hard fought 5th place out of 228 vehicles. The gremlins that were expected to rear their ugly heads did, with a LiPo battery exploding, much to the amusement of the crowds but not to Todd Derrick, who was riding at the time.
By finishing 5th in the AIPP, Team Phantom placed 3rd overall in the series. A big thank you goes out to Deakin University Students Association and all the friends, family and collegues who helped Team Phantom to great successes in 2009!
|2009 - The Year in review.|
Ok, so there's been a few people bugging me about updates for a while, and I've finally found some time to put something together. You're going to have to accept semi-blog style, that its primarily my perspective on the year, and my memory of the years events may be thin in places, but should be reasonably accurate I think...
I've covered the major events for our team this year, including the Wonthaggi 24hr GP, racing during the South Australian HPV Super Series, development work that I/we've been working on throughout the year, and of course the OzHPV Lang-Lang world record trials for which I've got a heavy bias for in this update.
(Some sections still to be completed, and pics to be added...)
My coverage here is sparse - I was living on the other side of the planet at the time! (so please forgive me...)
I was surprised that the guys did as well as they did at wonthaggi this year (they might be unhappy with this synopsis?), but it seemed that we were down by about 4 of our usual suspects. Three with broken collar bones (Ronny, Phil and Sam), with myself MIA whilst overseas. If the season had been better in the states, I'd have considered flying back for the race weekend, but that's another story...
Ronny did a great job of getting the trike together, especially considering he was working with a broken collar bone and was unable to use on of his hands. Even still, he managed to fix up all the stuff that didn't work at Murray Bridge the year before in 2007. To his credit, we had the most trouble free run (mechanically at least) that we've ever recorded at a race. Its an absolute credit that the guys made it through the heat to finish in a well deserved 4th place finish!
While the rest of the team were working toward a strong finish at Wonthaggi, I had been working and holidaying in Vail (Colorado - USA) during their winter ski season. Although it was meant to be a holiday, within weeks of hitting Vail I'd purchased a mountain bike to work on my base fitness for the following year. The plans quickly changed, and soon I was laying down big miles to make a solo endurance record attempt at the OzHPV session held and the Holden Proving Grounds in Lang-Lang, Victoria.
Freed of the complexities of preparing a bike, team, finishing off a PhD, and all those other time stealers, I was regaining form rapidly. Life was interesting for the first month - adapting to the thin/dry air at 7000ft elevation in the Rockies leaves most breathless at the first hint of exercise, not to mention frequent blood noses and dehydration. Although the air was thin, the atmosphere was great and pretty quickly it was normal to be heading out for rides/runs/cross-country skiing (and plenty of downhill too!) in sunny sub-freezing conditions. It might seem dangerous to be heading out riding on frozen roads, but I found the local roads and drivers to be the safest environment I have ever ridden in. The outdoor culture is amazing in Colorado, and its a great change to be given ample room on the roads rather than being almost run over ever other day back in Australia.
Probably the biggest learning curve for me was actually learning how to keep the fuel up for extended endurance riding. Its easy enough to go out and spend yourself for several hours, but the limiting factor after that became how food much I could digest rather than any of the usual physical boundaries. I tried a few different food and hydration combinations, and managed to hit the wall a few times. Note well that running out of carb's is not much fun, for anyone who hasn't been there before, and a wee-bit scary in sub-freezing conditions miles from home... Eventually though, I stumbled onto an eating plan to balance the energy expenditure.
My return journey from the States was closely planned to make the most of the extra red blood you produce when living at altitude. Unfortunately for me, I managed to pick up a nasty cold before leaving he states, so any benefit I gained with the extra red blood may well have been lost with the cold. But never-the-less, I quickly picked up the trike when I got back, and spent a day and a half preparing it for the IHPVA specs required for world record attempts. This was conducted between attending my fathers 70th birthday (Congrats Dad!) and a couple of other obligations like graduating from Deakin University with my Doctorate. That's right, I'm now Doctor Tim...
So the fans got cut out, and naturally aspirated cooling was installed with the aid of $50 worth of PVC piping from Bunnings - I had 36 hours to get the good old S_chair ready to roll for my record attempt. Thankfully, the work that we'd put in after Murray Bridge from the previous year, meant that we had the inlets and exhaust points setup nicely and we had a great cooling signal in the bike for the 6 hour run. My head got shaved for extra cooling - Brian was more than eager to help out with that - and with the odd splash of water on the head, the S-Chair was almost too cold at times. Who-ever said riding enclosed HPV's is too hot hadn't been for a ride in the re-plumbed S-Chair!
Although the Easter session at Lang-Lang was pretty much over, I rolled up on the last morning, pumped up the tires, filled up the water bottles and my stash of gel-shots, did a quick warmup lap and some stretches. There was a quick inspection of the S-Chair for IHPVA compliance, stop watches were reset, and then I set-off with not much more than "See ya in 6 hours".
Well, it was actually ever six minutes, which is about how long it takes to complete a lap of the 4.7km proving ground at 45-50km/hr. For a change, we actually had a functioning computer, and I also had a stop watch on board to keep track of my lap times. I quickly got up to the desired heart rate zone that I'd established while overseas, and got on with the job of churning out the laps. My first pit stop was just short of 2 hours, and was a pretty quick stop to take on more fluid and gel-shots (which I was burning through at the rate of three and hour), along with a quick stretch.
I was on the verge of cramping coming up to the 2 hour mark and the first pit stop, so I backed off marginally for the next hour and half using the early twinge signs of cramp as my rev-limiter. My second pit stop was a bit longer, taking time to stretch out the legs. This proved difficult, as whichever muscle group wasn't being stretched would start locking up. The clocks were still rolling, so eventually I just gave up and got back in and headed back out on the course. Apparently, at this stage, Tim Marquardt had little faith that I would finish the 6 hour ride...
But I'd done the math in my head, and I was well above the average speed required, so I backed off for the next stint. It was just a matter of keeping the laps rolling over and making sure I didn't stop, which was becoming a real mental battle more than anything else...
"I've only got 2hrs, 40 mins to go",
"I've only got 2hrs, 34mins to go",
"I've only got 2hrs, 28mins to go".
"After the next song, I'll only have XXX songs left to go"
and so on...
Although, having music was a bit of a waste of time. I could hardly hear my MP3 player over the rumble of the bike, even at full volume. The batteries ran out at about the 2 hours to go, so I just had the rumble left after that. Even my arms started getting sore, and the littlest things became annoying - the drain holes every 200m on the circuit had about a 2mm indent that was just enough to rattle the bike, and became a new obstacle to dodge every 20 secs or so. Anything to pass the time. Thankfully, the Tru-Blu boys turned up for a while to have a crack at the flying 200m, which added some variety to the 6 minute monotony. Although they cracked the Aussy Top speed record at just over 84km/hr, they were beaten in the end by an illegal head-wind that voided Steele's high speed pass through the traps. Thankfully, I was running complete laps on a continuous circuit, so there were no wind requirements to nullify my own run!
Finally, I was coming up to my last pit stop with just over an hour left on the stop watches. I came in and made my quickest stop. More water and gel shots, along with a can of "V" to spark me up again. Stats of some sort were thrown at me, although I was pretty delirious and promptly forgot whatever they were. I just knew the lap times I needed to keep hitting to make the 252km mark needed to crack Jeff Neilson's 6 hour trike record (as part of his longer 12 hour ride at Disk). Once I got inside of an hour to go, I started picking the pace up again, and unsurprisingly, the cramps came back. I'm not sure how, but somehow I just kept riding through them. At 5hrs 47mins I hit the 250km mark, and figured I had enough time to get another 2 laps in. Everything hurt - legs, arms, back, neck, hands and even my mouth (I'm never using hard stem spouts ever again) - but this was awesome. My skins had dried salt on them everywhere and my nether regions were chaffed to hell. I couldn't feel my toes anymore, but I'd given up trying to keep wiggling them to keep the blood flow up to them.
I blew through the last two laps and pulled up with about 40 secs still on the clock. Tim Marquadt yelled something at me about keeping on going, so I closed the lid and idled down the road a bit further while he climbed in his van and chased me down the road to mark where I finished after 6 hours.
In the end, I managed to put together 262.7 km at an average speed of 43.7km/hr which is an outright Australian 6 hour solo record (on any type of bike or HPV), and believed to be a World 6 hour solo Trike record. The record books for trikes don't seem to have been kept that well, so I really can't say for sure but I'm claiming it as a World Record as well until someone proves otherwise!
I'd been through 17 gel shots, 3 bottles of Poweraide, and something like 8 bidons of water. The powertap told me that I averaged 167BPM heart rate, and over 240watts average power - although the hub wasn't zeroed properly to start off with so I'll never know exactly what power I was sitting on for the last 6 hours. I think I spent about 18 minutes stopped during my three pit stops. I have to say that I think this was the single best sporting performance I've ever put on in my entire life so far.
Surprisingly, I wasn't that hungry or thirsty at the end, so I think I've got my hydration and eating strategies just about perfect. Which is good to know for the future I guess - although personally I'm not planning any more attempts for the time being - I'm thinking 24hr solo MTB comp's could be fun...
I'd like to thank Tim Marquardt for officiating, and Brian Roche for support crewing during the record ride. I'd like to thank both the Purtle's the Roche's for their accommodation and for access to Neil's shed and tools while modifying the S-Chair.
Early testing and construction/development work in Benidgo
During my stateside hiatus, I had organised to conduct some collaborative vehicle testing with John Taylor in Bendigo. Given that I had no work commitments, and enough money saved up, I headed up to bendigo the day after the Lang-Lang ride to begin testing.
Although the specific details shall remain confidential, several days were spent making modifications to test out several ideas that we thought might reduce aerodynamic drag at higher speeds. It never ceases to suprise me just how long it can take to conduct what seems like simple modifications... Three days work just to get one comparison run with the Powertap!
At this stage I also spent some time with John working on his lamination process to enable more efficent and effective vac bagging techniques to be used with his highly successfull "Bullet" fairing moulds. Although John had already successfully 'Taylored' a robust laminate architecture, quite some time was spent to finess the resins, gel-coats, vacumm equipment/materials, kitting arangments, application methods and critical activation/catalysation rates, and release agents. Some external modifications were also carried out to the Bullet moulds to further enable high quality vacuum bagged canopies to be produced. The result of several months of work and development is a reliable process that is simple and time-effective - two people can complete the key lay-ups without having to rush to meet resin gel time. As a result this allows better attention to detail and reduced errors. The end result has been a reduction in weight of over 3kg on comparable models from previous years.
Throughout the year, a total of 7 Bullet Canopies were produced for various customers. Canopies ranged from light-weight to heavy-duty to suit particular customer's needs and budget limitations. Enquiries from interested groups are welcome, and should contact John Taylor directly for specific details.
|Updates at last!|
Team Phantom have finally found some time in their hectic schedules after the intense lead up to this year's Australian International Pedal Prix to update the website...
The year has so far featured numerous HPV battles on the circuit, a world record for Team Manager Tim Corbett, and the construction of a new team vehicle. Expect more comprehensive updates of our season, a race report from the recent 24-hour pedal prix in Murray Bridge, early season involvements and construction of our new race vehicle, along with future plans for bettering our own 6 hour solo world trike record in the coming months, to be forthcoming in the following days and weeks.
For now, people can see our photo gallery from the recent 24hour race held at Murray Bridge, at the following picasa address:
Team Phantom Photo Gallery
|2008 Australian HPV Super Series|
The 2008 Australian HPV Super Series concluded last weekend, with the Australian International Pedal Prix, 24 hour race. Phantom was awarded third place in the three race series for 2008!
Pedal Prix, race report:
Phantom entered their new vehicle 'S-Chair' in the event.
The lead up to the event was frantic, with a big effort to have the new vehicle race ready! Even the drive over to Murray Bridge included a stop for vehicle painting and window fitting! In particular, team manager Tim Corbett put in an amazing effort ensuring the new bike was race ready.
The track was opened up for 2 hours of practice, from 5 to 7pm. This allowed Phantom to put all riders into the new S-Chair vehicle for familiarization with the bike, race and track. As no one had ridden the vehicle before, the team was focused on familiarization and not setting of fast lap times.
Following the practice session there was a one hour road race held on the circuit. The pace was very high & competition fierce. Unfortunately the event traffic lights where switched off, perhaps contributing to one incident when a rider crashed straight into the light/fence in front of Phantom's pits! Luckily the rider's injuries where not as bad as they could have been, the traffic light however was completely smashed and could not be revived!!!
Up early to put the finishing touches on the vehicle, preparations were running smoothly for the 12pm start. Jarrod was selected as the first rider and was keen to see what results he could produce in the new vehicle. Setting blistering times under 3 minutes a lap for the 2.15km circuit - an average approaching 45km/h. This was a vast improvement on last year and put the pressure on the rest of the riders who were to follow!
The pace continued to be high, with each team member putting in solid stints. The vehicle was clearly a fast design, some riders complaining they were "running out of gears" despite the same ratio as previous vehicles! By the time Team Manager and rider Tim Corbett was due for his first ride the sun had set and the team had only been involved in one minor crash. So far things were going well.
As Phantom continued into the night, some of the issues with having an untested vehicle began to show. The cooling system proved less than perfect and as the temperature continued to fall, the issues with visibility and fogging increased. Pit stops became more frequent and longer than ideal, costing valuable time. Some riders had to slow due to poor visibility. The severity of the fogging issue surfaced when Ian was involved in a rollover which left the bike looking a bit worse for wear!
Luckily the damage was only cosmetic, with the team still posting solid lap times once the fogging issues were under control.
As sun broke it became evident the team was on track for the target set before the race - 950km. This was a fantastic achievement, and any other year would have won the race. However it was also evident the competition had stepped up once again this year. After some convincing to get back in the vehicle, a new rider to the team Ross finished the race and took out the final hour prize for fastest lap. His time of 2.35.7 equated to an average of 50km/h, proving that the vehicle was still in competitive condition till the end of the race.
Phantom S-Chair completed 446 laps - 958km, which placed the team 7th for the weekend.
Tru Blu, from Mount Martha was the eventual winner, completing more than 1,000km in the 24 hours. Phantom congratulated the team, which share a strong relationship from past races. tafeSA team BlueShift placed second and Bendigo Youth Racing entry BY-08 third.
Phantom would like to acknowledge and thank everyone who supported us during the weekend and in the lead up to the event. This includes with vehicle construction, food, support crew and so much more. Once again the team stepped up, in particular professionalism of organizing and running of the pits.
Story photos courtesy of moz.net.nz
New! Photos Set 1, Set 2. Courtesy of Foons Photographics
|Phantom GT-6 (S-Chair) prepares for AIPP 2008!|
Just three days from the Australian International Pedal Prix 2008, Deakin University Student Association has released some photos of the GT-6 - S-Chair in its final stages of development.
While development has been a little behind schedule, Team Manager - Tim Corbett said today he was comfortable with preparations for this weekends 24 hour race. "The team is ready and we will be riding our brand new vehicle - S-Chair. The team is excited, I know its going to be a competitive and fast race!" said Tim.
Today Tim was busy putting the final touches and paint on the vehicle. He said after many late nights and lost sleep over the last few months, it was a relief to be rolling out the new vehicle. Tim did not give away too much regarding new features of the bike, but hinted at some innovations saying "one thing is for sure, everyone will hear us".
The Phantom team will travel to Murray Bridge tomorrow. Tim said he wishes all teams a fun, clean and memorable race!!!
Watch out for the race report following this weekends race!
Pre-race forum discussion
|500+ photos from AIPP Round 2 released!|
Thanks to Foons Photographics over 500 more photos from the Australian International Pedal Prix (round 2) have been added to our gallery. They include general and crash shots.
Tip: Best viewed in Slideshow view!
|Phantom GT-6 @ AIPP Round 2|
The Australian International Pedal Prix (AIPP) Round 2 was held yesterday at a Victoria Park street
Cicuit, in Adelaide, South Australia. This was the second 6 hour event, in the lead up to the 24 hour Murray Bridge race held in September.
Saturday night the team enjoyed a relaxing dinner out and headed back to the hotel to watch the second last stage of the Tour de France. While once again
this meant much of the team did not get optimal amounts of sleep, at least this time it was by choice!
Sunday morning everyone was up early and we headed down to the track to setup. The cold and wet conditions weren't the most motivating!
Jarod started for Phantom GT-6, luckily close to the front of the grid, meaning a relatively clear road ahead and avoidance of some of the crashes happening
behind. At one stage a crash appeared to cause a traffic jam with 30+ vehicles with no choice but to stop while the road was cleared.
In fact for the first hour or so the marshalls at the "bottom corner" - one of the most tricky were kept busy clearing crashes and incidents as vehicles
entered it at speeds up to 50km/h.
With over 170 vehciles on the 1.5km street circuit the traffic was challenging at times, but good training for the Murray Bridge race were there are over 200.
Phantom managed to avoid any serious crashes, with just a couple of spin outs and some incidnets of accidental contact with other vehciles.
As the race progressed competition at the top end of the field heated up. Ballistic, BYR-08, BlueShift and ExPats all pushing hard for first position. While
the lead changed a number of times during the day, with just a few laps to go Ballistic was narrowly in the lead but expected to win, with BlueShift
just seconds behind. No one including the event commentator could believe what they were seeing when with just a few laps to go Ballistic dramatically
crashed at high speed while trying to make a pass.
Unfortunately for Ballistic this small mistake was all BlueShift needed to take the lead, holding on for the last few laps to win the race. Phantom GT-6 placed
5th, completing 141 laps of the 1.54km circuit - a total of 217km.
Phantom HPVs would like to acknowledge and thank our support crew for an fantastic job!
Congratulations to the winners BlueShift and everyone who competed.
Pos Team Laps
1 BlueShift 147
2 Ballistic 147
3 BY-08 147
4 ExPats 147
5 Phantom GT-6 141
Photos from the event
Event discussion forum (free registration required)
|Development of new vehicle taking a different shape...!|
For the last five months the Phantom HPV team have been planning, designing and building a new HPV for round three of the Australian International Pedal Prix (AIPP).
At a team gathering earlier this year, the team decided to commit to developing a new HPV for this years race. To do this required all team members to invest hundreds of dollars each towards materials and now many late nights in the garage building the new machine.
The shape of this years vehicle is different and may look familiar to some observers. This is because the faring has been built using a Weeroona HPV mold. While this allows us to significantly speed up this years development, it should be noted however that the entire bike - including the faring has been built in our garage... for the team, by the team. There will be differences as well, Phantom drawing on the teams combined 50+ years experience in HPV racing to ensure the bike is built to its maximum potential.
In other news...
Phantom HPV is heading over to Adelaide, SA for the second of two AIPP six hour events. The race kicks off on Sunday at 10am. Expect a race report on this site by late Monday...
|GT-6 2nd @ AIPP, round 1|
At round one of the Australian International Pedal Prix (AIPP) super series, Phantom HPVs entry GT-6 came 2nd in a tight battle.
Overall race preparations were very smooth. After arriving in Adelaide (South Australia) Saturday, the team passed scrutineering without any issues. There was minimal work to be done to the vehicle, allowing everyone to focus on preparations for the event ahead.
In an ongoing effort to ensure the race starts smoothly and on time Phantom GT-6 formed on the grid early, in position 10 (row 3). Following a parade lap and the playing of the Australian national anthem the race was soon underway.
From the very start it was clear that competition would be fierce for the 6 hour event, held at Victoria Park. Ballistic and Blue Shift both paced very quickly early. Ian, GT-6's first rider reported difficulty controlling the vehicle in the wet. When approaching the bottom corner at speeds of 40-50km/h, Phantom Gt-6 along with others could be seen sliding sideways around the corner - Phantom Gt-6 lucky not to be involved in any serious incidents.
For the majority of the race the team lapped at a consistent pace, hovering around 4th to 2nd place. Some teams such as Expats - who recorded the fastest lap for the day (a new record) experienced bad luck and vehicle troubles. Phantom GT-6 was lucky not experience such issues, keeping up the pace into the last hour, emerging in 2nd place - but only just.
With less than half an hour to go, the team made the decision to call on the fresh(er) legs of Jarrod to finish the race. Following an eleven second rider change and some great team encouragement (including a sacrificial chair!), Jarrod put in a top ride opening up the gap on Gary (Team Bluebird) who were just seconds behind to seal 2nd place.
In the end Phantom GT-6 (2nd) and Team Bluebird Gary (3rd), finished on the same lap completing 140 laps (210km), Phantom crossed the line just a small margin in front. tafeSA BlueShift took line honours, completing 144 laps (216km).
Phantom HPVs would like to thank Deakin University Student Association (DUSA) and our fantastic support crew for their ongoing support.
Forum Discussion (free registration required to contribute)
Photos (updated 25/5)
Official Race Report
|Phantom HPV launches 2008 sponsorship drive!|
At the Harwood Andrews Geelong Corporate Triathlon held at Eastern Beach Geelong today, Phantom HPV launched their 2008 sponsorship drive.
The team was present to support the event, promote the team and drive support for new sponsors. Team member Jarrod (above) led the run leg as official lead bike, meanwhile team manager Tim Corbett was also competing in the 5km run leg!
Anyone interested in finding out more about sponsorship opportunities should contact Tim Corbett (Team Manager).
Congratulations to all participants and organizers on an fantastic event.
Photos from the event.
|Phantom GT6 covers 782km - 2008 Wonthaggi Human Powered Grand Prix|
Deakin University Student Association (DUSA) team 'Phantom GT6' competed in the 2008 Wonthaggi Human Powered Grand Prix last weekend.
One thing Phantom was keen to improve was readiness to race this year. Lots of work during the lead up to the race ensured Phantom GT6 passed scruteneering on Thursday without incident, leaving only some minor vehicle preparations to be completed before the weekend race.
This allowed the team to have a much needed rest the night before the race - a vast change from last year.
The stage was set Saturday for a great race with fine sunny conditions and temperatures into the mid 20's.
In what was overall a very clean race, Phantom GT6 did not experience many major issues. There were some early lap counting issues, the odd few punctures and a couple of roll overs, however in each instance the teams Pit/Support crew reacted quickly, ensuring the vehicle was not off the track for an extended period throught the 24 hour race. In hindsight probably our biggest issue was one of vehicle efficiently, meaning rider power output had to increase significantly to maintain race pace.
A contributing factor to such a successful race was the race organization, with marshals and officials doing an excellent job running the race very professionally. They showed in multiple instances that they could deal appropriately with issues as they arose.
As the night became morning and efficiency issues with the vehicle were rectified, Phantom GT6 held 5th position. Phantom held this position until the race end.
Congratulations to Bendigo Youth Racing entry 'The A-Team' showing great speed and consistency, completing an impressive 605 laps (847km) to win the race. Also not far behind was Easy Tiger from Tri-Sled HPV's, followed by Tru Blu from Tru Blu Racing in 3rd and The Grudge from Tenacious Racing in 4th. Full results can be viewed on the Wonthaggi SC HPV site.
Thanks to our support crew, for pit crew, cooking, driving, accommodating, etc etc! Your support made the race a lot easier and was key to the distance achievement.
Thank you also to our sponsors Melbourne Bicycle Centre and Deakin University Student Association (DUSA)
|Phantom HPVs @ the Geelong Show!|
Over the past 4 days, the Phantom HPV team has been on a promotion drive with a stall at the Royal Geelong Show 2007.
According to Team Manager Tim Corbett the purpose of the stall was to generate community interest, as well as interest from potential sponsors.
The stall, manned for the 4 day event by team members included the 2007 Phantom GT6 vehicle and another training vehicle. There was also an array of information from our event partner Deakin University, including information on engineering courses.
According to Tim the event was a great success, generating alot of interest from the community and allowing the team to show and explain what they do. Children who visited the stall found the vehicles very interesting, many opting for a sit in the vehicle. Unfortunately some did not meet the height requirements to actually ride the vehicle!
The show was also an excellent opportunity to once again promote and thank thank our current sponsors including Deakin University Student Association (DUSA) and The Melbourne Bicycle Centre (Prahran).
Anyone interested in sponsoring the team should contact Tim.
|Australian International Pedal Prix 2007|
The Phantom team competed well in the 2007 The Australian International Pedal Prix, held late September this year in Murray Bridge, South Australia.
Unfortunately Phantom experienced more than its share of problems during the race, which itself had its share of drama, eventually being called off with one hour to go due to severe wind and weather.
Phantom 'GT6' placed 6th overall, completing 406 laps - 872.9km in 23 hours. While this is clearly a good effort, Team manager, Tim Corbett said the team was somewhat disappointed with the result after solid performances in round 1 and 2 of the series.
Unfortunately while vehicle preparations were completed well in advance, most team members' preparation was less than ideal. A number of events in the weeks leading up to the event hampered their training preparations during the critical period leading up to the race.
On race weekend, things only got worse. During the practice session on race eve the GT6 vehicle was involved in an nasty crash, resulting in a badly damaged fairing nose and roll cage. It is worth noting the structural integrity of the bike did however ensure the rider sustained no serious injury. This meant many hours were spent during the night ensuring the vehicle was prepared, rather than qualifying for position and resting.
Things started looking up at race start, with clean racing from surrounding teams, Tim showing the vehicle speed with a 2.42 lap on lap 1.
Unfortunately just hours into the race, things once again took a turn for the worse with another heavy crash. Repairs cost the team 40 mins of race time. Unfortunately this set the tune for the race, with another crash just hours later.
Some time after, well into the night it appeared the team had finally found some consistent form, able to ride consistently without incident. The team set themselves a goal of catching "Sardine" another vehicle lapping well. GT6 did catch Sardine, not long before the race was called off.
Post race anaylsis showed that crashes were the key issue for the Phantom team. The average pace maintained was close to that needed to reach a pre-race goal of 448 laps.
On a positive note Tim reported Phantom benefited from a "great team structure this year, with an awesome support crew". The faith the team had in them was shown by the fact that support crew conducted much of the team management duties during the race, allowing the riders to focus on their job.
The Phantom team would like to thank everyone who has provided support in one from or another over the year, including our major sponsors Deakin University Student Association (DUSA) and The Melbourne Bicycle Centre (Prahran).
While it may seem like an overwhelmingly negative result, at the end of the day the team still proved it is up with competition, finishing 6th place. There are a number of aspects of the race which the team can learn from and the this is the most important result.
The team will now focus their attention on the post race team BBQ and drinks, an opportunity to reflect on the year and discuss plans for next year.
Photos from the event can be viewed in the gallery.
|Phantom performs at the Casey 6 Hour!|
Deakin University Students Association (DUSA) raced - P3 and GT-06 today in the Casey 6 hour. The event, which is part of the Casey-Cardinia HPV and Cycling Club - 2007 Cycling Festival saw some great racing with tough, but clean competition on the purpose built track at Casey Fields, Victoria.
Throughout the event while strong winds played havoc for some vehicles, both DUSA teams performed well, holding positions within the top 10.
At days end Phantom GT-06 placed 4th, completing 107 laps of the 2.2 km circuit and covering a distance of 240 kilometers. Meanwhile Phantom P3 placed 9th, completing 94 laps and covering a distance of 210 kilometers.
Phantom would like to congratulate all competitors, including Ex Pats Racing - Ex Pats who placed first completing 112 laps.
Thanks goes once again to our support crew and sponsors DUSA and Melbourne Bicycle Centre Prahan for their continued support.
You can discuss the race and your experiences on our forum (registration required).
Photos from the event are available in the gallery (more coming).
YouTube videos of both GT-06 and P3 at the event.
Results are available from the RaceTime website.
Phantom will now begin preparations for the second round of the Australian International Pedal Prix, to be held in Adelaide, South Australia in July.
|Second place & fastest lap for Phantom GT6 in Adelaide!|
Phantom GT6 (Deakin University Students Association ) set a blistering pace on Sunday at the first round of the Australian International Pedal Prix, held in Adelaide, South Australia.
The start of the race saw Team Manager and rider Tim Corbett lead the race, starting from poll position. During the race the lead alternated between team Ballistic and Phantom GT6, while teams including Bluebird, Das, the Barossa Boys and Trisled were never too far behind.
Riders put in good efforts, some even demonstrating the policy to "leave it all on the track" by requiring assistance to get out of the bike following their stints. Demonstrating the vehicles speed and cornering ability, Tim Corbett completed a blistering 2 minute 11 second lap (average speed of 42.5km/h) to cerment the fastest lap for the race.
However at the end of the day with both teams on the same lap, it was Ballistic who crossed the line first, Phantom GT6 finishing about 1 minute back in a respectable second place.
In what the team hopes will be a sign of the year ahead Phantom GT6 was a strong competitor for the entire 6 hours of the event. The team did not suffer any notable incidents or mechanical problems which can make a large impact on the end result.
Team Manger, Tim Corbett indicated the teams thanks for a clean race. He congratulated Ballistic on the win and reported the Phantom GT6 team is "incredibly happy with how things went over the weekend".
The team would like to acknowledge and thank the support crew for their assistance and the support of our sponsors DUSA and Melbourne Bicycle Centre Prahan.
You can discuss the race and your experiences on our forum (registration required).
Photos from the event are available in the gallery. More photos are available via the links in the forums.
Phantom GT6 is now preparing to race this weekend at the Casey fields 6 hour community event.
|Gt-6 & P3 2007 Wonthaggi HPV Grand Prix Race Report|
Last weekend Phantom (Deakin University Students Association) competed in the 2007 Wonthaggi HPV Grand Prix 24 hour HPV (Human Powered Vehicle) race.
This was the first time the team has run two vehicles in a race and just getting both vehicles to the start line proved a challenge. While the race proven P3 was close to race ready, the week leading up to the race proved a hectic one for team members preparing the new vehicle GT-6 which was to debut at Wonthaggi. Team manager Tim Corbett summed his week leading up to the race: "I am looking forward to the race, so I can get some sleep!" Team members including riders spend Friday night working on the vehicle, finally race ready at 6am Saturday (race day).
Following one and a half hours sleep the vehicles were taken up to complete scrutineering. Both vehicle passed following some minor adjustments and an increase in the size of the vehicle number backings.
P3 hit the track during the qualifying session, trying to allow as many riders as possible to familiarize themselves with the track and posting a solid 2:28.0390 lap in the process. Final adjustments to GT-6 left time for only a quick two laps in qualifying for the team, Matt taking the vehicle for its first test and posting a blistering lap time of 2:13.6360. This time ranked second just marginally slower than Bendigo Youth Racing - BY-06, placing GT-6 second on the grid for the start of the race.
Throughout the weekend Wonthaggi weather threw in some challenges, ranging from heavy rain to sunshine.
Both teams were completing consistent laps for most of Saturday afternoon, apart from a couple of flat tyre incidents. GT-6 lost vital time following a crash which caused the derailleur to stop functioning. Nightfall was eventful with both teams experiencing crashes to varying degrees, as well as problems with their lighting and horn systems. Unfortunately time was wasted fixing these issues with replacement systems not available as expected.
Both teams completed the rest of the race consistently, but found it very difficult to make up lost time due to issues including those mentioned above. GT-6 completed 487 laps in 12th place and P3 completed 445 laps in 19th place. Results can be viewed on racetime.com.au.
Team manager Tim Corbett said it was preparation which beat the team however is looking forward to the rest of the year to "troubleshoot all the small things, and put in a solid year of racing."
Discuss the event on our forum (registration required)
Photos from the event (adding more daily)
Race Report by Nigel Preston - RACV Energy Breakthrough
Other event photos 1, 2, 3, 4
Sponsor: Melbourne Bicycle Centre (Prahran)
The official results from Round 3 of the Australian HPV Super Series (Australian International Pedal Prix) have been released on www.pedalprix.com.au, after more than a week.
According to the official results, Phantom GT placed 10th, completing 375 laps of the 2.15 kilometer course. This equates to over 805 kilometers over the 24 hour period and an race average of 33.5 km/h. The first lap appears to have been the fastest, with a time of 02:54.1 recorded by Team Manager Tim Corbett, an average of 44.46km/h in some intense heat.
While the official lap count is approximately 13 laps less than Phantom GT's own data this may be explained by the loss of data with the official system.
Loss of official lap counting data
According to an email sent from the Pedal Prix to team managers today, more than 40 minutes of race lap counting data was lost, including the:
- "First lot at 18 hours 26 mins 49.03 secs race time (10 mins 41.5 secs of data corrupted)."
- "Second lot at 22 hours 39 mins 43.72 secs race time (33 min 48.93 secs of data corrupted)."
According to the email this loss of data was not due to the initial failure, but rather human error. "The Board is understandably embarrassed by this failure in what should have been a fail proof system and asks that you accept their apologies."
The board also acknowledged the disadvantage to some teams with the yellow flag / course car intervention:
"As is the case during a course car intervention, some teams will benefit from this some will be disadvantaged "
The eventual race winner was 132 Ballistic completing 430 laps, closely followed by Bendigo Youth Racing completing 427 laps. Congratulations to the winners and all teams!
You can comment on the 2006 AIPP on our team forum.
Note: Registration required.
|Photos from the 2006 AIPP|
While results are still not officially announced, Phantom GT has released photos from the 2006 Australian International Pedal Prix.
You can view the all the photos including larger sizes in our gallery. Thanks to Bondy, Brian and Ben for supplying the photos!
We have also started a new thread on our team forum if you would like to comment on the 2006 AIPP.
Note: Registration required.
Last weekend Phantom 'GT' from Deakin University competed in the 2006 Australian International Pedal Prix. The team performed well completing 389 laps over the 24 hour period, covering a distance of 836.35km at an overall average speed of 34.8km/h *.
Although not without incident...
The Phantom GT team experienced its fair share of mechanical problems. Some nasty crashes and roll overs caused damage to steering, flat tires and other problems. A strong vehicle combined with quick and efficient responses from the teams support crew (as well as assistance from other teams) allowed the vehicle to return to the track with a minimal amount of lost time (approximately 40-50 mins). Given the circumstances this could have been much worse.
Incidents such as these highlight the importance of support crew, the team would like to thank all members of our support crew for their hard work and dedication shown in the lead up to and at the event.
Phantom GT was not the only team to suffer from crashes and roll overs. Team Dragon III - Sage entered the event with some innovative design concepts, however unfortunately due to a number of incidents the full potential of these ideas was not seen at this race. Team manager Al Mc Bride said he believes the team will be back; in full force, however at this stage he was not sure if this would be at next years event.
Due to a failure in the events official timing system the official results have not been announced. This caused confusion and disappointment for many teams, especially those at the front of the field. Teams such as Phantom GT found it difficult to know exactly which teams to chase, however kept a solid pace regardless.
When the timing system failed at 06:40am on Sunday 17th September two teams, vehicle number 161 - "BY-06" from Bendigo Youth Racing Inc and vehicle number 132 - "Ballistic" from Team Ballistic where leading the race on the same lap. At this time Phantom GT was on 289 laps of the 2.15 km circuit and in 10th position.
Phantom GT has its own automatic lap counting system which is used for monitoring rider performance, lap time feedback and post race analysis. Using this information the team completed 389 laps over the 24 hour period, covering a distance of 836.35km at an overall average speed of 34.8km/h.
For the first time the team has decided to make this information public ally available. You can view the lap monitoring system information using the links below:
- Practice Session (Friday 15th September 2006)
- 2006 AIPP 24 Hour Endurance Race (Saturday 16th September to Sunday 17th September 2006)
Please note: times may differ slightly from the official system due to different counting positions on the track and all times shown are displayed in Victorian times (GMT +10 hours).
Saturday at 8:45pm the race was stalled with the entire course under yellow flag conditions. Yellow flag conditions involve a pace car slowing vehicle and a "no passing" rule. Due to the multiple incidents three ambulances where required to attend on the track. The yellow flag conditions halted the race for over 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Luckily, members of Phantom GT and Team Dragon III - Sage where more than happy to provide some entertainment to riders during this period, with some sidelines shenanigans. Meanwhile many riders in the vehicles chatted amongst themselves.
The event received Australia wide exposure through an interview by Phantom GT team manager Tim Corbett on the ABC National Radio show Sports Factor. You can view the transcript for the interview or download the mp3 (note third segment).
Phantom GT shared camping and pit facilities with Team Dragon III - Sage and would like to thank them for their support and encouragement during the event. Thank you also to other teams who were more than happy to lend support during the event including Bendigo Youth Racing for lending their generator to assist in preparations for scrutineering.
Photos and further updates (including results) will follow as they become available.
Comments on Event Management
While there were some improvements to the management of this years event including powered pit lanes, it is the opinion of Phantom GT that some aspects could be improved:
- The management of the yellow flag conditions.
In our opinion any incident which requires attendance from an ambulance should be an automatic red flag. All vehicles should be moved by marshals to the left hand side of the road or returned to their pits. In multiple instances during the events main yellow conditions ambulances where prevented from attending the scene of the accident and leaving the track quickly because of moving competitor vehicles.
- Event timing.
The event timing system clearly needs a review. It is vital to an event such as this that not only results be available during the race but be available immediately after the race. Phantom GT also believes event organizers should make individual lap times available during and following the event similar to Race Time who previously managed the events timing. This promotes openness, transparency and trust in the timing system.
- PA system coverage.
While the coverage of the events PA system has improved, we would encourage this to include the Category 4 pit lane.
* Note: The race statistics above are based on unofficial information.
With less than five days until the 2006 Australian International Pedal Prix (AIPP), Phantom GT team members are now in the final stages of preparation for the event.
Although the latest Phantom HPV will not be racing, the team still believes it has a chance to be up with the race leaders. Team manager Tim Corbett said yesterday that he expected some aerodynamic improvements to the vehicle will have a signification impact.
The team is grateful to have even more race support this year from support crew who have signed up for the trip to South Australia. Tim said he believes this kind of support is "vital" for a strong team.
Tim also noted: "Expect to 'hear' from us at the event - we will be LOUD ...and loving it!"
The 2006 AIPP will have some strong competition. Wonthaggi team - "Team Dragon" (who have been working with Phantom) recently reported that their preparations were also on track.
Good luck to all competitors.
The team expects to update www.phantomp3.com on the 19th with reports and photos from the event.
|New Human-Powered World Hour Speed Record|
Nissan track in Arizona: Fred Markham has just set a new World Hour Record by covering an amazing 85.4 km in a fully faired recumbent bicycle in one hour at the 2006 Dempsey-MacCready One Hour Record Attempts. This beating Sam Whittinghams' 2004 record by 1 km. This is especially impressive given Fred's age - 50.
Fred Markham at 50 years of age, new world record holder.
|2006 Phantom Vehicle Launch|
The Deakin University Phantom Pedal Prix team have today announced the launch date of the their 2006 vehicle, the Phantom GT. The team has set the release date to co-incide with Deakin University's Open Day - August 27th. Fittingly, the vehicle will be also be unveiled at the university. The date is also the same weekend as the 2006 Maroondah 6 hour HPV event, which will be the vehicle's first competition race.
With vehicle construction now back on schedule after early moulding problems, the team has settled on the launch date. The team captain also added - "This won't just be static display, the Phantom GT will be ready to race..."
|Bicycle Victoria - Ron Shepherd Memorial Prize|
|Phantom P3 team manager Tim Corbett was recently awarded a commendation award for the development work on the monocoque design recumbent trikes that the Team have been racing for the last two years.|
|Team Dragon 111|
|The Phantom team have also been working closely with the Wonthaggi Dragon team. Team Dragon's team manager Alister McBride recently compiled the following newsletter, which is being made publicly available with their permision.|
|Vehicle Construction Update|
Construction of the long heralded 2006 Deakin Univeristy Vehicle, the Phantom GT, is now well underway. As the team passes 200 hours of construction, the first two (of three) moulds have emerged from a humble garage in St Albans Park. Spy camera's revealed the following picture of the lower fairing mould (inverted):
The Deakin team is preparing to manufacture its chassis for 2006 in the comming weeks, using the tried and tested vacuum bagging lay-up process refined in 2005. Although still tight with information, it is believed that Team Management will be releasing more details and photos of moulds very soon.
"If everything goes according to plan, we will be racing our new vehicle at Round 2 of the super series..."
|Casey Cardinia 6 hour event|
3rd in cat, 8th outright. AWESOME venue.
Looking forward to coming back for some REALLY fast racing in the future...
|Wonthaggi 24hour HPV event|
|This was long overdue...|
|Phantom P3 wins Maryborough Invitational|
The Phantom P3 team yesterday brough home the line honours at the 3rd Annual HPV Enthusiasts 63km Time Trial.
Three team members attended the event, Alistar Mc Bride and Tim Corbett rode the pioneering 2004 vehicle "Phantom Stealth" and the 2005 "Phantom P3" respectively, while the venerable Brian provided mobile support for the team. In sweltering conditions touching on 40 oC, the ability to call for more water made all the difference - the P3 vehicle finished almost 10 minutes in front of the nearest competitor, completing the 63km in 1hr 36mins at an average speed just short of 40km/h. Despite vehicle problems, Alistar also finished strongly in the Phantom Stealth taking out 3rd postion outright.
|2006 Vehicle Design Complete|
The Phantom P3 team has confirmed their updated vehicle design for 2006, moving towards a much sleeker airfoil profile with minor additions to improve airflow around the rider's head. Team Manager Tim Corbett said that the monocoque design would be retained, but that they also expect to save upto another 2kg off their current vehicle weight of 22kg.
"While acceleration from corners and uphill speed will be better, what I'm really excited about is the new aerodynamic package... our average and top speeds should be at least 10% faster!" - although you got the feeling speaking to Mr Corbett much larger gains are to be made.
Although the vehicle design has only just been finalised, development work in several areas is already well underway, including composite moulded lenticular wheel covers, re-routed brake cables to for extra simplicity and weight savings, and resurection of the deceased seat mould from 2005.
|2006 Event Calander Released|
The Phantom P3 team has announced its competition calander for 2006, adding three new events to their cometition season for the year. The team decided early to make the pilgrimage to Wonthaggi, with the Maryborough time trial early prepartation for the 24hour event. The team is also excited to add the Salamanca 6 hour event in Tasmania, bringing the competition tally to 6 events in three states. Commitments pending, the team will probably also attend the OzHPV Championships , held on the 1st and 2nd of April this year at Broadford.
PHANTOM P3 RACE CALANDER
Jan 22 - Maryborough HPV Enthusiasts annual 63km invitational time trial
Feb 24-26 - Wonthaggi 24 Hour GP
Apr 30 - Salamanca 6 Hour HPV event - Tasmania
May 21 - Round 1 Australian HPV super series
July 30 - Round 2 Australian HPV super series
Sep 15-17 Round 3 AHPVSS - The Australian International Pedal Prix
Subject to meeting vehicle development deadlines, the team is also interested in adding the remaining two victorian events - Berwick and Maroondah - to complete a comprehensive calendar.
|Phantom P3 goes around the bay...|
Along with almost 6000 other cyclists (on normal bikes mind you) team member Tim Corbett piloted the Phantom P3 trike, riding just over 230km to complete the journey, around Port Philip Bay in the 2005 Portfolio Partners "Around the Bay in a day".
Interest in the HPV was phenominal, with plenty of good humor flowing "you got a motor in that thing?" or "gez, its a long way to bob sled down here isn't it?".
No it doesn't have a motor.
Really, it doesn't.
Yes, I am actually pedalling.
It is in actual fact much faster than a normal road bicycle.
It wieghts 22kg.
Going down hills is fun.
Going back up is not.
...the answers to FAQ's
And a few pics for good measure to follow -->
Croozing along the princess, to catch up with my riding buddies
Cresting the westgate, and an intrigued rider checks out the trike
|AIPP Photos Released!|
More photos from the 2005 Australian International Pedal Prix are now online.
Click for a larger image (opens in new window).
Thanks to Ben, Shane and Tim for providing these photos...
|2005 AIPP race results|
The 2005 team are proud to announce our final placings at the 2005 Australian International Pedal Prix.
2nd - Outright (endurance + design & construction + presentation)
2nd - Design and Construction
2nd - Vehicle and Team Presentation
4th - Australian HPV Super Series
6th - AIPP Endurance event
-388 laps completed
-Average speed - 34.9 km/h
-Fastest lap of 02:56.3 (6th fastest outright) at an average speed of 44.2km/h
-Total number of rollovers - 5
-Impact on vehicle structural integrity - nill
-Impact on vehicle aerodynamics - approax 10%
-Impact on lap times - approax 5-7%
-Total number of unforced rollovers - nill
-Total number of wheel changes - 6
-Total number of other mechanical failures - nill
-Total run time of headlights from 3 AA batteries - 10 hours
-Total number of half empty water bottles retrieved from the tail of the vehicle - 8
(I couldn't help myself, I had to put that last line in...)
|2005 AIPP Event Photos|
The team gathers before heading out onto the track for the 2005 AIPP
Some final preparations, as Jarrod models our aero helmet
Please - No more photos!
Some of the "WICKED SICK!" team members
Team captian heading off for the last stint to bring home 6th place - note the 'modified' angle of the roll cage! Thankfully it was as sturdy at the end of the race as it was at the start.
A Layten Hewit style "Cummon!", or as we prefer - A duffman "Ohhhh Yeaahhhh"
Some peace and quite at last...
Stay tuned for a full event run down in the next couple of days.
The Phantom P3 HPV team from Deakin University Geelong left today to travel to South Australia for the final 2005 Australian HPV (Human Powered Vehilce) Series event. The team will join over 200 other competitors in the major event of the calander - the 2005 Australian International Pedal Prix to be held this weekend at Stuart Reserve, Murray Bridge, South Australia.
The team consists of 8 riders who will ride the new recumbent HPV over the 24 hour period and a number of support crew. While the number of support crew is smaller than most teams competing, these dedicated team members will all contribute to various activities vital to a successful race including Pit Crew, Rider Support, Event Marshalling and Catering.
Check back here on www.phantomp3.com for a comprehensive race report and lots of photos of the event from next Wednesday, September 21.
|New Vehicle Hits The Road|
With the Australian International Pedal Prix - a 24 hour endurance race just days away, the PhantomP3 team are continuing preparations behind the scenes, and putting the final touches on the new vehicle.
Team Manger, Tim Corbett said he is very happy with the way the new vehicle has come along. The new vehicle weighs an considerable amount less than last years vehicle which has been used for the previous 6 hour races and training this year.
Much to the interest of some local residents, the new vehicle hit the road today. Very impressed with the new vehicle following a ride, one team member reported "this vehicle feels really good, and it is going to be very fast".
The team leaves this Thursday to travel to Murray Bridge.
|HPV Super Series - Round 2 results|
Our final placings for the second round are:
--- ROUND 2 (6hours) ---
4th in Category
119 laps completed
7th Fastest lap time of 02:41.5 (Lap 65)
201 km completed in 6hours:02minutes, at an average speed of 33.2km/h
An excellent weekend of racing, with a special thank you to Adelaide for turning on the fantastic weather!
|HPV Super Seriers - Round 2 Event Run Down|
The Deakin HPV Phantom P3 team again placed well in the second race of the HPV super series. While still feilding an incomplete team of riders, this time around the team line up was bolstered with two extra riders, and what proved to be extremely valuable support crew.
Utilising the benefit of instant lap time feedback and rapid pit changes, the team was able to shorten rider stints and better manage the intensity of racing at the highest possible level.
By incorporating a vehicle shake down test after saturday's scrutineering, the team successfully avoided the mechanical mishaps of round 1. This time a slow flat was rectified before it could cost valueable time in Sunday's Race.
The race was completed without missing a beat: the team successfully avoiding carnage and mishaps that slowed some of the other front runners early in the race. The team has successfully defended its outright 4th place, and amoungst a stronger feild decreased their gap to the leaders from 4 laps after the first round event, to only 1 lap after the second round event!
Once again a great weekend of racing for all!
In 2004 the Deakin University team Phantom P3 were believed to be the first team on the Australian HPV circuit to successfully adopt a Monocoque style design HPV. Team Manager Tim Corbett estimates the seat structure accounts for 70% of the stiffness and strength of the vehicle, while the lower fairing accounts for the other 30%".
This feature article explains what a Monocoque is, and why more and more HPV designers will look at Monocoque designs in the future.
"Monocoque (French for "single shell") or unibody is a construction technique that uses the external skin of an object to support some or most of the load on the structure. This is as opposed to using an internal framework (or truss) that is then covered with a non-load-bearing skin. Monocoque construction was first widely used in aircraft, starting in the 1930s, and is the predominant automobile construction technology today."
Adoption of Monocoque designs for air craft has resulted in "a structure that was just as strong as ones made with older methods, but weighed considerably less". These are the key advantages to this style of design, and further development of a new vehicle this year will reduce the overall vehicle weight considerably.
Article Information Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monocoque
|HPV Super Series - Round 1 results|
Our final placings for the first round are:
--- RACE 2 (3hours) ---
4th in Category
59 laps completed
3rd Fastest lap time of 02:31.3 (Lap 51)
--- RACE 1 (3hours) ---
6th in Category
55 laps completed
7th Fastest lap time of 02:31.2 (Lap 40)
Well done to everyone who travelled to Adelaide for the weekend, and for the excellent race results despite early mechanical problems.
|HPV Super Series – Round 1 update|
Phantom P3 competed in Round 1 of the AIPP HPV super series over the weekend at Adelaide’s Victoria Park. For the first time the event attracted a field of nearly 100 teams from across SA and Victoria. Although rain threatened during scrutineering on Saturday, Adelaide put on fine and sunny weather for the two 3 hour sprint events on Sunday.
The team competed well in both 3 hour events, finishing especially strong in the second event, narrowly missing a podium finish and placing well up the top ten. This was a surprise for most team members, no-one expected to place so strongly in what was originally planned as a fun weekend. Additionally, rider training had only begun several weeks prior to the first round event.
|AIPP Round 1 Photos Released|
Phantom P3 has released photos from the 2005 AIPP Round 1, including photos of the Phantom P3 vehicle, competitors and some crashes!
The full photo collection from the weekend can be viewed here
|Phantom HPV competes at International Pedal Prix (2004)|
What a weekend! All those who travelled to Murray Bridge in SA with the Phantom HPV (Human Powered Vehicle) team will attest that there wasn't a dull moment from Friday morning all the way through to Sunday night.
For the uninitiated, the Australian International Pedal Prix is a 24 endurance event where teams of eight riders take turns to ride a recumbent trike around a closed loop circuit (complete track distance of 2.04km), competing against up to 200 other trikes on the same course. Similar to F-SAE, the event also incorporates judging of a design and construction component, along with a vehicle presentation element. The event is the largest of its type in the world.