Chevrolet and Michigan students team up to design new cycle for wounded veterans
By Dave LeClair
December 7, 2012
Chevrolet and Michigan Technological University have teamed up to build a new tricycle for wounded veterans. This new cycle is built to be race-ready, so users are still able to compete in marathons and other distance races in the most efficient way possible.
The new cycle is designed in such a fashion that athletes lean forward and pump the pedals with their hands. In many cases, this can be more efficient and comfortable than a traditional wheelchair for long periods, such as during a marathon or other long-distance race.
The cycle is built with durability in mind, as the riders would be putting it through a lot of strain while competing. It's built with high-strength steel alloys, which should be able to withstand the rigors of being used by high-performance athletes. The cycle also comes with features such as improved restraints, which should provide a safer, more comfortable ride than similar trikes.
The cycles will be provided to the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans for use in marathons and races around the United States, and as such, they need to be portable. The team designed a pivoting fork-to-frame attachment that allows the front wheel to be tucked in towards the seat during transit. This decreases the overall size of the cycle while on the move. GM and Chevy also provided the team with a new Silverado HD for transporting the cycles.
Retired Marine Cpl. Joseph Woodke of Port Hope, Michigan, who is a member of the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans, will ride the new cycle onto the field before Saturday's Army versus Navy football game.