The first speed runs have taken place. The cirmumstances were not so good, the wind was very strong. The organisation wanted to have the 10 fastest and the two ladies to start. So there were three heats. Jan-Marcel was in the first heat, Thomas in the second, David in the third and last. The wind was too strong to go flat out. About six deer crossed the road during his run. It did not really bother Jan-Marcel, but it gave him a bit of a startle. Thomas also noticed a deer crossing the road during his run. And talking about the wildlife, this morning they noticed a snake in the entrance of a badgers sett, just next to the car. It retreated immediately when it noticed humans. No idea what kind of snake that could have been. While loading the bike back into the car, Jan-Marcel hit his head hard against the trunk lid. This resulted into a little cut that was bleeding heavily, but it does not bother him as yet. Pictures of his blood-stained head will probably turn up on the internet, but it looks worse than it is. Thomas and Frans dressed the cut properly in the hotel. Maybe he should try not to turn too much in his sleep tonight :-) Thomas took it easy during his run, because of the wind. And David had a flat tire just behind the finish line. He crashed, but was not hurt at all. Tomorrow morning we will check the bike completely. It is most probable that the tire was pushed against the fairing due to the strong wind. Speeds: Jan-Marcel 69... mph, Thomas 62... mph, and David 62.5 mph. Sebastiaan crashed but is not hurt, Jan Bos did not run.
Team Cygnus has developed a fully faired recumbent bicycle that can compete with the fastest recumbents in the world. The main goal is to use an optimum man-machine combination to break world records. The Cygnus team consists of technical specialists from various disciplines. Between them they have many years of experience with fully faired recumbents both in racing and in designing. All Cygnus team members are racers at the highest level. Every year they compete in national and international competitions such as Battle Mountain, the European Championship, the World Championship, and the Michigan Human Powered Speed Challenge, but they also attempt to break records on the tracks of RDW, DEKRA and Opel.