Our Dutch friend Huub is very sporty and this year he has transitioned into semi-retirement from his professorship in biomechanics at the University of Amsterdam. He decided to buy a second-hand velomobile, modify it to suit himself and set off in it from home in the Netherlands to his holiday home near Yzeures-sur-Creuse. He was accompanied by his friend Rob, riding a top of the line carbon fibre road bike.
A plastic lunch box tidies up Huub's various electronic additions.
The journey was planned using online maps for cyclists and they covered the 900 kilometres in about 10 days, staying in cheap hotels every night.
Even Huub can't make it look easy to get in and out of.
The velomobile is a model called the Mango and Huub, who freely admits he's not really a cyclist, loves it. He used it extensively while he was here, to run errands and just to tour about, doing circuits between 30 and 90 kilometres to see the sights. You can read about the Mango and its delights on the manufacturer's website.
The driving position.
You ride clipped in to the pedals with your shoes, just like a racing bike.