Early history of recumbents...
Recumbent bikes are not really unusual in Australia, with some old-timers remembering the first ones arriving in the early 1930s during their first burst of popularity. Unfortunately this popularity ended quickly when the International cycle-racing organisation, the UCI, banned them from racing due to their obvious aerodynamic superiority. It was the French rider, Francis Faure who broke several of the established world cycling records, including the prestigious one hour record, which led to the ban on this type of bicycle in April, 1934. (Faure rode the Charles Mochet designed "Velocar" recumbent bike over 45km in one hour in the 1930's)
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