This morning is the last chance for David to try and make a legal speed run. In the morning it is more likely to have legal wind than in the evening, that is why David will run this morning. He would love to get a 70+ speed run to his name. Everybody is convinced that his speed is good enough to be able to do so. Until now the winds have always been too strong to make a legal run. When we arrive at the start, the wind is also pretty strong. It does not look promising, but this is the SR305 and we have had strange circumstances before. Wind at the start does not mean that it is also windy at the finish, and vice versa. The terrain along the road is strewn with little hills and the distance between start and finish is 8 kilometers.
Davids start is good. It is clear that there is wind, but will there also be wind around the time traps? The bike accelerates away from the car a couple of times, but the speed does not get really high as yet. The wind is clearly bothering him. At the 1 mile marker he accelerates again, but hits the brakes soon after. At the timing traps the wind is stil apparent and David comes through with a speed of 63.71 mph. With 803 foot/minute the wind is far beyond the maximum legal speed of 328 foot/minute. Sadly David did not make a fast legal run this year. That is disappointing, but we all know that it has not been his fault.
Now it is time to get ready for the evening runs.
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.