Archive for June, 2011
A record 12 teams competed for the 2011 Woz Challenge Cup in Folsom, USA this month. The Blade Pirates from Germany were this years winner of the International Segway Polo Association’s (ISPA) annual championship, besting Flyin’ Fish from Barbados in the final.
The popularity of Segway Polo has been growing fast. When Auckland businessmen Philip Bendall (Segway NZ) and Steve Simms (Tomizone) came up with the idea of creating the international competition of the first new sport of the 21st century in 2005 there were only two Segway Polo teams in the world. Within months, the Aftershocks from California flew into Auckland, New Zealand to challenge the Pole Blacks in the inaugural match. Now this fast-paced action game is being played in dozens of countries, and the annual championship has been rapidly increasing in size. This year teams from USA, Barbados, Germany, Austria and Sweden competed, and the 2012 cup is being held in Sweden.
The Folsom Telegraph covers the event here.
And in other news….US media were more interested this week in a “Segway Race” between Justin Bieber and Elizabeth Hasselbeth around the studio and back-blocks of Whoopie Goldberg’s The View chat show. Catch the riveting footage from 8:15 on the video here). This is only “news” at all because Justin’s attempt to escape a mob of screaming female fans on his Segway PT became one of the most-watched clips on YouTube in 2010 (we like this link best, if you havent seen it).
Three brand new 3D episodes of Road Runner were released last year (you might like to look for them on YouTube).
In one episode, Wile E. Coyote orders the latest and greatest sure-to-work Road Runner catching equipment from ACME Corporation. The crate is delivered, he opens it up….and takes out a device that looks very much like a Segway i2. He jumps on and sets off in pursuit of this feathered foe…..
The Segway Personal Transporter (PT) is undoubtedly the greatest advance yet in enabling better lives for people with impaired mobility. Since the turn of the century more than an 100 disabled Kiwis and tens of thousands more people worldwide have been enjoying a quality of life they never dreamed possible, thanks to the Segway PT.
Here we summarise our recent posts about this important and significant use of the Segway PT:
- Segway NZ’s new version of the document “Why the Segway PT is a Mobility Device in NZ” (1.3Mb pdf)
- How the US Federal Government has declared the Segway PT to be a mobility device under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – the legislation that guarantees, amongst other things, the rights of access of individuals in public spaces and on private property who require mobility assistance. US state governments are required to amend their local laws to accommodate federal law, and many are moving quickly to do so.
- Read about John Kerr’s who broke his neck, and went from a wheelchair to a Segway PT and how the injured US Vice-President was one of the first to use a Segway PT for mobility in 2003.
- Visit DRAFT’s website here
- You can email us to request a copy of our General Case Study that details the use of Segway PTs by 80 disabled New Zealanders with a wide range of medical conditions, or any of more than a dozen condition-specific Case Studies about individual Kiwis.
Segway Racing Motoczysz was the team to beat after the qualifier round of the 2011 Isle of Man SES TT Zero race with teams riders Mark Miller and Michael Rutter sitting on top of the qualifying session, holding first and second positions of the nine entrants in the zero-emmission field.
On race day, they stormed home to win 1st and 2nd place in the TT Zero. Michael Rutter hit a top speed of 149.5 mph and a triple lap speed of almost 100 mph – a new record for an electric bike.
The TT Zero was introduced two years ago to this most prestigious of motorcycle races, where petrol bikes have been competing for more than 100 years (see our previous article here).
Here’s an excerpt from MTD’s article about the win:
Segway MotoCzysz Pirelli Shod Electric Bike Nudges 100MPH Mark at TT
Pirelli BSB star Michael Rutter took his Segway MotoCzysz machine to an Electric bike record 99.6mph lap, just missing out on a £10,000 award for the first triple figure lap, at the Isle of Man TT today. His team-mate Mark Miller made it a Pirelli 1-2 in this innovative race event.
Michael, who choose a Pirelli Diablo Superbike ‘slick’ rear and Pirelli Diablo SuperCorsa treaded front tire, remarked, “99.6 mph, that’s the story of my life! I tried to conserve battery life and stay smooth, it’s a totally different way of riding but I really enjoyed it. We only saw the bike on Wednesday, so I think if we had more time there would be more to come set-up wise.”
The machine also hit an impressive 149.5mph on the Sulby Speed Trap at the hands of Rutter, who is more used to his 200mph Riders Bathams Ducati which he runs on Pirelli tires in both the TT and British Superbike Championship.
Pirelli tires were chosen by the majority of the grid as their steel belt construction is renowned for their low rolling resistance, essential in this power sapping electric race.
“Michael is a wily old fox and I know he will be gutted to have missed the 100mph, but he looked like he really enjoyed it and logged another TT win,” Jason Griffiths, Pirelli’s UK Racing Manager, added. “This new technology is so interesting to bike manufacturers and indeed our engineers are also intrigued back at the factory.”
The final times for the first 5 racers to finish demonstrate just how far ahead the Segway Motocxysz Team was of the competition:
- 1st place Michael Rutter (Segway Motocxysz) 22 min 44 sec, average speed of 99.6mph
- 2nd place Mark Miller (Segway Motocxysz) 23 min 02 sec, average speed of 98.3 mph
- 3rd place George Spence (Iron Horse Ecotricity) 25 min 36 sec, average speed of 88.4 mph
- 4th place Adrian Brew (BMW MIT EVT) 28 min 36 sec and an average speed of 79.2 mph
- 5th place Yoshinari Matsushita (Team Prozza) 32 min 24 sec, average speed of 70.0 mph
Today’s Sunday Star-Times featured a great photo and article about Kiwis taking a Segway Tour of Washington, D.C.
Segway Tours have become increasingly popular in recent years, and New Zealand was one of the pioneers of this tourist activity. The first two businesses starting in Wellington and Queenstown, and now there are Segway Tours and Short Rides available at more than a dozen locations nationwide.
Segway Tours have become an important new offering in the tourism sector. When international visitors arrive in a town, they expect to find a Segway Tour option. Not only is taking in the sights of a scenic destination on a Segway Personal Transporter (PT) a fun and novel experience, it is also a great way to see more in the limited time available on any visit. Often, one or more individuals in a group of tourists has limited mobility or simply tired out, so Segway Tours are an option that everyone can enjoy.
For the fourth year running Segway New Zealand is exhibiting at the CRC SpeedShow (23-24 July at ASB Showgrounds, Auckland). We’ve enjoyed a special relationship with SpeedShow since 2008, and are very much looking forward to this year’s event.
Once again, show organiser Keith Sharp will be using a Segway Personal Transporter (PT) throughout show set-up and during show days to maximise his personal productivity: “The PT is a live-saver, without it I would be absolutely exhausted before the show even opens. In this business, the Segway PT is an essential event management tool and I can’t imagine doing a show without it.”
Our famous Segway Girls will be offering free rides on every Segway PT model, and we’ll be showcasing one of only 40 genuine Ferrari-branded Segway i2’s in the world (you can’t see see one of these anywhere else in the Southern Hemisphere). And as always, we’ll have something special to reveal….