“It’s a pedal car party. There’s Mickey, Marsupilamie, the Gauls…”. Bodies competing in ingenuity and appearance, speed, fun, a very large audience… This Sunday, for this round of the French Championship in Réville, 38 pedal cars were at the start with crews of up to four people. Competitors sometimes come from abroad, from the Czech Republic and Great Britain to this edition.
Réville is a mythical race. they have been organizing this race for 37 years. There is one team at the top – Jean-Charles Lamy, one of the founders of the French pedal car federation
The racing cars compete on a circuit of 850 metres around the Réville church. The goal is to drive as many laps as possible in 2.30. “We are always in force. There may be some descents, we are always there for support. All in the effort”confides Aurélien from the Pumba team, who is fighting to retain the title of French speed champion.
By calf strength
Clément came with two cars: “La Piquouze and the Pedal Fire Extinguisher”, smiles Révillais. The fruits of dozens of hours of welding, painting, optimization… _” aluminum chassis, fiber hull, tires as narrow as possible, and above all c_What counts are the pilots, the legs”laugh the Manchois who try to do as many races as possible within a two-hour radius around Réville.
If we want to make a good place, we have to train like cyclists… which is not our case – Clément, de Réville
Spiderman ruled the race
Among the most impressive crews, the master Spider-man. 104 laps of the circuit completed in 2h30, i.e. a speed of 31.6 km/h. A better lap completed in just 1’26″682. Hats off to the artist! Maxence pedals with sorceress, “a flagship racing car”. With Thomas, they take turns on the course. “There are two rankings: one for speed and one for looks. The aim of the game is to hit doubles., Révillais specifies. His car represents almost 400 hours of work. Every weekend in the winter there are about ten of them working on their cars at a workshop in town. “And from April to September we have races every weekend. There are always things to change: brakes, steering… You have to touch them constantly”explains Maxence.
The best turns at an average of 32-33 km/h. There is a small descent, so we will hit 40. It is going fast, you have to be careful – Maxence, de Réville
France’s champion… of slowness
Among the competitors, Géraldine, from Doubs. She races pedal cars “for thirty years”. His car looks like a half barrel pulling a boat. “My chassis, I have it for 150-200 euros, but it can go up very quickly. It’s a choice: I chose to be French champion in slowness, so I don’t need a high-performance vehicle. I enjoy myself at my level . There I have 75 kilos to drag plus my 90 kilos, that represents an impressive physical effort”emphasizes the participant.
Between the French championship and Europe this year I will cover 15,000 kilometers: it’s been two months since I left home and I still haven’t returned – Géraldine, competitor from Doubs
“Sometimes I lend vehicles to people who are not used to pedaling. There are people who went shopping, 45 minutes before, they had never driven a pedal car! When we get back in the bucket, we have the virus .”Geraldine smiled.
No time to rest the calves for some because the French championship continues this Monday August 15 with a new scene in Louannec, in Côtes-d’Armor.