2015: 8th BLC in Solothurn
At its eighth edition, the Bike Days hosted The Bike Lovers contest the first time. At this competitive exhibition, eighteen bicycles and their creators presented themselves to the public of the national bicycle festival as well as to the expert jury.
Since the invention of the bicycle, the hunt for speed records is on: to cheat the wind by oneself, just with some help of the mechanics has its particular appeal. This is why the motto of the 8th Bike Lovers contest simply was “the fastest”. Wanted were pedal powered, hand built bicycles that were optimized for speed.
Besides the lovingly designed Bike Lovers Contest Trophies in Gold, Silver and Bronze, also the audience award and the frame builder’s award were announced, along with valuable material prizes and money.
Francesco Russo, Rüfenacht / CH
Dedication: HPV record vehicle
Construction method: carbon monocoque
The first prize goes to the radically speed-optimized, fully faired recumbent bike “Metastretto” by Francesco Russo. With this vehicle, Russo plans to rise his own hour –record to 95 km. To achieve this, he tweaked the vehicle for speed with the utmost consequence. Doing so, he questioned all standards: he is driving backwards, has even built in a concept for air intake for breathing and minimized the entire fairing to his measures.
Silver: Birk Comet RT
Jürg Birkenstock, Rapperswil / CH
Model: Comet RT
Dedication: recumbent-speed-race-tour-work- & cargo-bike
Construction method: carbon innertube monocoque
The semi-faired recumbent bike of Jürg Birkenstock wins the second prize. With the «Birk Comet RT», anybody can fall for the thrill of silent speed. The bicycle even allows carrying luggage for extensive tours. The superior craftsmanship of the carbon parts, the many beautiful details and interesting solutions like a three-speed shifting in the bike’s center, internal cable routing or aerodynamic rear view mirrors convinced the jury. There are rumors that Birkenstock is planning to upgrade the vehicle with a small electric motor.
The product also reaped this year’s frame builder’s prize, awarded from professional to professional.
Mathias Scherer, Kleinblittersdorf / D
Dedication: road racer with uphill-talent
Construction method: titan, TIG welding
The third prize went to Mathias Scherer and his titanium road bike. Perfect finish, a thorough selection of equipment and an elaborate labeling come together to a harmonic overall appearance. What emphasizes the bike’s high-speed aspirations is the frame’s weight: it’s just a touch over 1000g, which is achieved through a high level of craftsmanship. With his namesake “Mathias”, Scherer built a bicycle for himself and now focuses on building custom frames for clients.
Audience Prize: SeLi 13 HetchPIN
Sebastian Lindler, Dörrenbach / D
Model: SeLi 13 HetchPIN
Dedication: Randonneur with Pinion
Construction method: polished stainless steel, lugged