Flying high with SkyRide
Through its range of elevated, human-powered machines, SkyRide Technology is underlining its commitment to the 'fun fitness' sector around the world.
Scott Olson's passion for combining fitness and fun is clear for all to see. As the founder of the world-famous Rollerblade brand of inline skates, Olson's history in the industry stretches back to 1983.
In 1996, he introduced Rowbike, the first outdoor total body fitness machine, and since then he has never relinquished his determination to push the boundaries of sports and fitness to develop new, exciting and innovative ways for people to stay active and live healthier lifestyles.
Olson's latest venture into the 'fun fitness' sector comes in the form of SkyRide Technology. Formed in 2011, the Minnesota-based company's flagship product is a human-powered transportation system that takes people of all ages on a bird's-eye trip around tourist attractions, fitness clubs and sports facilities, urban environments, ski hills, parks and an almost limitless number of indoor and outdoor venues.
Currently available from SkyRide are the Recumbent SkyBike, Upright SkyBike, SkyChaser and SkyRower. Each of these machines can be customised to meet the requirements of the customer or individual.
In January, Carnival Cruise Line announced it would install SkyRide on its latest ship, the Carnival Vista. Set to make its maiden voyage in spring 2016, adventurous riders will climb aboard hanging recumbent-like bikes to cycle their way around the 800ft suspended track with panoramic views from 150ft above the sea.
"After talking to my sales team and new partner in the amusement industry, Rides-4-Us, it's clear that the amusements in the US is doing well in 2015," Olson said. "There are a lot of exciting products coming in, and many operators are adding new rides and attractions."