The 202020 Velomobile Challenge consists of cycling with a velomobile through as many countries, states or territories as possible. This is a personal challenge, not a competition.
The goal of this site is to help you follow participants during their travels.
Please find the rules for the 202020 Velomobile Challenge further down on this page where you also will find a description of what a velomobile is.
You can follow each participant on their own sites and social media by clicking on the links here below.
Alve, creator of the 202020 Velomobile Challenge, is riding a Quattrovelo velomobile. The Quattrovelo is a recumbent bicycle with four wheels and plenty of space for luggage.
Alve Henricson’s blog
Alve Henricson´s latest reported rides on Ride With GPS
Alve Henricson on Warmshowers
Alve Henricson´s latest reported position on MyMaps
Team Jörg & Jonathan Gebers
Jörg (the father) and Jonathan (the son) have been living in Shanghai for several years. Their velomobiles are the first ones to have been sent to China from where they travel to Europe.
You can follow Jörg and Jonathan on their blog
Jörg and Jonathan on Instagram
Jörg and Jonathan on YouTube
Denis is the vice-president of Vélomobile Club de France http://www.velomobile-france.com . He is riding a Quattrovelo velomobile. Denis has built or modified several velomobiles and he has cycled long distances both with traditional bicycles and velomobiles. Before 2020 he has rode more than 110 000 km with Velomobiles.
Denis Bodennec´s latest reported rides on Ride With GPS
Denis Bodennec on Facebook
Denis Bodennec on French recumbent forum http://velorizontal.1fr1.net/t24075p500-pederrodek-quattrovelo9-skoul-ar-pevarzek-milan-sl-mk1-14?highlight=pederrodek
Preliminary route for Denis Bodennec
Mattias is riding a WAW velomobile. The WAW has three wheels and small cargo space thus keeping the weight of the velomobile low. The lower weight a velomobile has, the easier it is when going uphill.
Mattias Sjösvärd´s latest reported rides on Ride With GPS:
Mattias Sjösvärd on Facebook
Mattias Sjösvärd on Strava
Mattias Sjösvärd on Garmin Connect
Links to other 202020 media
Our 202020 Facebook page
The 202020 Facebook group is only for participants and serious supporters https://www.facebook.com/groups/710368762713952/
What is a Velomobile?
Velomobiles are bicycles and always have to be peddled when driving. Velomobiles are not electric vehicles, but some of them have electric assist when going uphill.
Have a look at the video here below to learn more about velomobiles with no electric assist. You will find some information on electric assist here.
The 202020 Velomobile Challenge started in 2020 and participants were supposed to travel through 20 countries, that’s why it is called 202020. But plans where changed during the Covid 19 pandemic and the interest in travelling with velomobiles is continuing after 2020. We have now changed the aim of the challenge to “Long distance cycling with velomobile”. Participants still have to cycle through as many countries as possible during a substantial period of time.
The velonauts choose their own route and pace. They can make use of ferries and trains for transporting their velomobiles, but they are not allowed to use cars, busses or trucks for transporting their velomobiles from and to their homes. The aim is to make the trips as eco friendly as possible. For example, will members not be allowed to transport their velomobiles on a car or trailer to some location where to ride and then transport the velomobile with car or trailer back to home. Exemptions are made to, for example, participants sending the velomobile with freight from Europe to China for a one-way ride back home.
We would like to point out that this is not a medium through which one can convey political messages or use 202020 to market one’s own companies for profit. It is a non-political and non-commercial group. Therefore, we do not publish links to the velonauts own sites or the velonauts own social media if they contain political or commercial announcements. The links we publish here must be relevant to each participants velomobile activity.
Participants can have their own sponsors and they can campaign for charitable purposes.
Each participant is completely independent of each other and each one is completely disconnected from what other participants publish on their Internet pages.
202020 is only a portal with links to participants of this velomobile challenge. This site cannot be held responsible for statements made by participants on the links published here.
The goal of this site is to facilitate contact between followers and participants. Each participating velonaut should therefore make visible stickers with information about the 202020 Velomobile Challenge on their velomobile. A small sticker on each side of the velomobile with the text www.202020.eu is enough for followers to find this site and trough it be able to follow our members.
Each participant is responsible for having at least one place on the Internet where followers can find information about her/his journey. It is enough to show a link to a navigation site where one can see the routes that the participant has made. Best would be if the participant has an own blog or vlog to show.
This site is free of charge for participants. No fees are paid. All work is voluntary. In return, each participant is responsible for expenses associated with printing stickers with the text www.202020.eu to be displayed on each side of the velomobile. These stickers can sometimes (when Alve is in Sweden) be ordered at cost price.
You can apply to become a participant if you comply with the rules mentioned here above.
Send a mail to alve @ Henricson.eu (delete spaces in address) with following:
1- Horizontal, landscape size photo of good quality showing your velomobile (make sure the background and suroundings aren’t disturbing in the photo).
2- Horizontal, landscape size photo of good quality of you and your velomobile (make sure the background and suroundings aren’t disturbing in the photo).
4- Very short personal presentation
5- Map/photo in good quality of your route or link to for example Ridewithgps
6- Links to your blog, navigation site, social media and/or MyMaps
7- Describe the period you plan to be travelling.
It might take some time to get your link into the site 202020 if Alve is out riding his velomobile.
Your information on the site will be deleted when your travel has ended.
Thank you for your visit!
We hope that the information shown here can be helpful in finding the velonaut you have encountered on the roads. Thank you for liking and sharing!