Today Team Cygnus got the chance to sleep in. We did not enter for the morning runs, but instead checked the bike completely. The bike does not have any damage to its structure. We replaced the rear tire and sanded the scratches after applying some plaster. This all took a lot of time, so we had to skip the Show and Tell in the Civic Center. The circumstances for this evening were fine. There was some wind, but not really a lot. David was scheduled in the first heat, Jan-Marcel in the third. Davids start was a bit troublesome. His foot came loose from the pedal and it took him some time to get it back in place. His run went very well. He passed the finish with a speed of 70.5 mph. Sadly the wind was too strong to make it a legal run, but he was faster than a number of the other riders. Jan-Marcels run went even better. The wind fell and everything settled into its right place. His speed kept increasing and he could start his final sprint when he was already going above 110 km/h. After the finish he even noticed that there was 124 km/h on the screen. This is not a new record, but the fastest run till now. More people were successful this evening. Tom and Phil set a new tandem record and Gareth set a new trike record. The team will try to get a good nights rest. Tomorrow Thomas will make a speed run and see if he can also set a speed above 70 mph.
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.