Saturday, 25 April 2015

‘Jetbike’ speed test to prepare for 400+mph world two-wheeled land speed record

What: This is a vehicle test in preparation for an attempt to break the current ‘world two wheeled land speed' record.  Enclosed in a space age body the vehicle is uniquely propelled by a specially modified helicopter engine complete with an afterburner! Conditions permitting, a number of UK speed records could be challenged, during the tests. 

Who: Richard Brown, an Oxfordshire based in engineer, conceived and built a vehicle. In 1999 Richard rode his rocket powered creation Mach 3 Challenger to an officially recorded speed of 332.887mph, the fastest speed at that time.  Since then the record has been set at over 370mph

When: 23rd, 24th & 25th May 2015

Where: Pendine Sands, Carmarthenshire, Wales, UK

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Wednesday, 4 March 2015

We are working with a range adventures & extreme sport events

Over the next 12 months we will be working with a range adventurers and on extreme sport events. Here is information on some of them.

The Alpen Tour mountain bike race
Austria's skiing Mecca is host to the best mountain bikers. For four days an international selection of top athletes and ambitious hobby bikers competes for fame and glory.  They can also collect UCI points and prize money in the mountains of the beautiful and dramatic Schladming-Dachstein region.

 ‘Jetbike’ speed test to prepare for 400+mph world two-wheeled land speed record

A Brit designed and built ‘Jetbike’ which is being speed tested at Pendine Sands, Wales.  This is to prepare for 400+mph world two-wheeled land speed record at Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah.

Solar tuk tuk from Indian to UK for green transport
Bangalore based engineer Naveen Rabelli is planning to drive his self-designed / built solar tuk tuk from his home to the UK. As a result of the launch of this project last year we achieved media coverage across India and the globe.

The Glocknerman cycling marathonThe Glocknerman is an utra bicycle marathon for individuals and teams. It is one of the oldest existing extreme cycling events with start and finish in Graz, Austria. The participants must cycle 1010 km and not only fight for the popular "Glocknerman" title, but also for Ultra Bike Marathon World Champion.

Jet luge world record speed attempt
Australian Daz (The Cowboy) Fellows will attempt to break the Guinness world land speed record for the fastest powered streetluge. His streetluge, a man-sized skateboard, has the added bonus of two jet engines with afterburners creating a ‘jet luge”. Daz hopes to beat the current record of nearly 190 km/h (120mph) by a factor of two+ while using only his feet as breaks! Daz is well prepared for the record through years of stunt work in TV and streetluge in Australia.

The world’s oldest and "toughest" international mountain bike race
The world’s oldest and said to be the toughest international mountain bike race (MTB) is set to take place in the remote far north of Australia. Starting October 18th the ‘Crocodile Trophy’ will see over 100 professional and amateur riders from around the world cycle 900km (nearly 560 miles) - basically nine marathons in a row. The participants will ride nine stages through lush rainforests, dry intense heat of the Outback and mountain trails climbing to 3,000m, finishing on the tropical coast of Queensland.

A finally a skydive world record attempt in the US.

If you want to know more, see photos or video in relation to any of these let us know my emailing

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

16 national & 3 world mountain bike champions will join 350 riders from 26 countries for Europe’s top MTB event

16 national and three world mountain bike (MTB) champions will join 350 riders from 26 countries for what is considered Europe’s MTB event for individual competitors.  The Alpen Tour Trophy offers International Cycling Union (UCI) points, top prize money, tough climbs, fun single tracks and numerous steep downhill descents. This all takes place in the dramatic scenery of south-eastern Austria’s ski slopes at the foot of the majestic Dachstein glacier on June 11th to 14th.

The Alpen Tour Trophy ‘Elite men’ and ‘Elite women’s” Master 1-3 competition has attracted top international MTB stars (see list below) to Austria. While there is a major focus on professional riders and teams this four-day stage race is also a very popular with hobby riders. There are five additional classifications for amateur riders.

The Alpen Tour Trophy offers riders the opportunity accumulate valuable UCI points which effects their international ranking. Also there is a prize money pool of €15,000 and product prizes valued at €12,000. In addition competitors will ride in the beautiful alpine landscape of the Dachstein and Schladming area in the Austrian state of Styria famous for hosting the Ski World Cup.

There are four stages and a speed trial in the Alpen Tour Trophy over 208 km (nearly 130 miles) rising to 2,000m (over 6,500 ft.) altitude. There is no other mountain bike race that includes so many single-tracks, Alpine trails with the dramatic backdrop of Dachstein mountains. Uniquely all four stages starts and finish at the same place at Planai Stadium in Schladming. This means rider logistics and support are much easier to manage not least. The one exception to this will be the one-hour time trial, which will take place Schafalm - the popular ski lodge in the Schladming Dachstein region.

Each day’s race is easily reached by car or gondola so spectators, family and friends can get up close to the action.

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Saturday, 18 October 2014

The world’s oldest and "toughest" international UCI mountain bike race

The Crocodile Trophy is the world’s oldest and said to be the toughest UCI international mountain bike race. There are riders from Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, China, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland and the UK taking part.

It takes place in Australia starting October 18th. the ‘Crocodile Trophy’ will see over 100 professional and amateur riders. The participants cycle 900km (nearly 560 miles) - basically nine marathons in a row. They will ride nine stages through lush rainforests, dry intense heat of the Outback and mountain trails climbing to 3,000m, finishing on the tropical coast of Queensland.

2014 sees the Crocodile Trophy celebrate its 20th anniversary and for the first time it is registered as an official Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) race. As a result participants can collect valuable UCI points, for the first time, which are used for cyclist ranking internationally. In addition the Crocodile Trophy offers prize money to the value of AUD 40,000.

What: Crocodile Trophy international mountain bike race
When: 18th – 26th October 2014. 
Starts: Smithfield Regional Park near Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Finishes: Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Chasing the Midnight Sun to the arctic in a microlight

Nord Kapp in Norway lies 321 miles above the Arctic Circle, which means that during the summer months it is one of the places you can see the sun above the horizon at midnight.

The aim of 'Chasing the Midnight Sun' adventure is to make the 2,500+ mile flight to Nord Kapp to see the Midnight Sun and have the aircraft positioned on the ground at the beacon there, facing north at Midnight towards the sun. Yes, at midnight the sun is due north!

There is no airfield at the beacon but because the team will be flying a microlight they are hoping to get permission for them to land on the approach road by the beacon.

The beacon at Midnight with the aircraft and crew in the foreground should make a dramatic image that has never been seen before. They believe that no microlight has even landed there and been pictured with the midnight sun.

Of course, this flight will be more than just a trip up to the Arctic circle to see the sun…in fact the return journey will be via a different route than the journey north. They will add another 2,500 miles to the journey giving a flight of 5,000 miles in all, which is quite an undertaking in an aircraft with a 300 mile range! The team will visit 12 different countries…France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland during the adventure.

Although this is a work in progress and all destinations will be carefully chosen, it has already been decided that the they will fly to the Oresund Bridge which links Denmark and Sweden. They may even attempt to allow the aircraft to fly under it are underway. They hope to arrive and do this on the same day as the bridge has the 15th anniversary of its opening.

Another highlight will be the arrival of the team at Santa Claus’s own airport in Finland! Yes, there is a Santa Claus Airport!

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Sunday, 5 October 2014

Project flies low income patients to distant medical facilities

Since 1991, Wings of Mercy has been helping people improve their chances of getting well by facilitating free flights to some of the best medical destinations east of the Rocky Mountains in the US. It is dedicated to connecting pilots with low income patients in need of transportation to distant medical facilities.

Wings around the World is a attempt to fly a light aircraft around the world with the objective of increasing public awareness about and funds for Wings of Mercy. The intention also is to raise awareness of similar private aviation initiatives around the world.

The team will start their flight in June 2015, in the US making frequent stops to support the objective. Initial planned route starts and ends at Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Route covers all US states east of Wisconsin then Greenland, Iceland, Europe, Middle East, SE Asia, Australia, Philippines, China, Japan and Alaska. finishing with all US states west of Wisconsin (except Hawaii), terminating at the EAA Air Show in 2015

Who is needed:
  • Pilots - 5-6, each to fly about 5,000 miles with Tim Fino
  • Logistics crew - ground based)
  • Safety review crew - ground based
  • Advance planning/route planning - help us determine the actual route and stops!
Wings of Mercy is a non-profit, volunteer organization of pilots who donate the use of their time and airplane.

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Getting photos about your story into the media

If you want to get photos publish in the media, about your story, they are usually looking for a specific type of photo. The three most important things for the media are:
  • You must try to tell / document the whole story in one photo - a big ask.
  • The photos must be original
  • The photos should be unpublished

Here are some other guidelines in relation to photo contents.
  • Photos need context - clearly show the place and subject matter through signage, a building, a prop, monument or land / cityscape
  • Make the subject stand out with a dramatic background different from the main subject matter - sky, landscape etc
  • People should look natural – not posing lined up like a football team photo
  • Shoot from different angles to make it interesting -  the side, above or below
  • Shoot people close up and from the middle distance.
  • Show peoples faces
  • Illustrate the cultural diversity / difference of the photo location adding interest and context

For more thoughts and guidelines on getting your photos into the media, email