We met Andrea Correani and his wife Flavia at an adaptive riding event. A bike racer and marathon runner -who not only snowboarded down Mount St. Helens, but actually hiked it first! Not the sort of man to let a 2013 stroke slow his ambitions, Andrea won’t just ride, he’ll ride fast. Any left-side weakness is more than compensated by a right leg like a piston.
Our mechanics adapted right side controls to our lightest, fastest recumbent, an Atomic Orange Catrike 700. On the left, they added an arm cradle, a Velcro loop handlebar post and a custom-made Velcro sleeve. Andrea is fortunate to work with some of the world’s top design engineers who custom built pedals on a 3-D printer. Topping all this is a Zipp 404 700C carbon fiber wheel -creating just about the sleekest, fastest trike you’ll ever see. On the first ride, we chased Andrea up steep hills near the store.
As it later turned out, Andrea wanted more than just fast, he wanted fast downhill. Within a month, he was back with plans with his racing buddies to go screaming down Whistler Mountain trails like this!