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.

donderdag 20 september 2012

Battle Mountain - Our journey home

Packing all our stuff on Sunday morning went well. At half past twelve the fuel tank of the car has also been filled up, and we are on our way. Around three o'clock we arrive in Reno. It is time to stretch our legs and eat something. As usual we go to the Fuddruckers. This hamburger chain is near the highway and the burgers taste good.

After this long break we travel on to Sacramento. It is time for another short stop. We feel like having a milkshake or a smoothie. We get those in Greenfield. The fuel tank is also filled up again, so we can continue to San Francisco. When we arrive there, we head for the Presido Inn immediately. We also stayed in this motel last year on our way back. We have something to eat before we go to sleep. The Wifi connection on the third floor is not good enough to make skype contact with home.

The next morning we walk to the IHOP for breakfast. Then we get into the car and drive to the airport. Would we have a normal chair this flight? As usual it is very busy at the customs on the airport in San Francisco. It takes a lot of time before we succeed to reach the gate. The plane appears to be very crowded again, so the ground crew contacts the cabin crew to check if we can be on this flight. Then the senior purser himself comes to the desk. It is the same senior purser as on our flight to the US and he appeaars to have recognized our names. We can go on this flight and we can even sit in normal chairs this time. After a flight of more than nine and a half hours, we arrive at Schiphol Airport. We have soon gathered most of our luggage, but the box with Davids top and some of his clothes is missing. After a long wait, David fills in the requested paperwork. The box is supposed to be delivered on his doorstep soon.

Then we pass the doors to the arrivals hall. We say goodbye to each other and agree on taking a cygnus break for a month. After that we will pick up the cygnus project again for Battle Mountain 2013 and, of course, also for the record attempts of the other team members.

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