Jan-Marcel and Thomas have put their names on the list for the morning sessions. Because the weather forecast is reasonably well for the morning and windy in the evening, we will start in the morning runs. Jan-Marcel choose to start in the first heat; Thomas in the third.
The circumstances are looking good, the sun is rising and there is next to no wind. After about a mile Jan-Marcel feels that the bike isn't running effortlessly. When he looks at the SRM powermeter it is clear that something is wrong. He has to give too much energy for the speed he is going. He steers the bike to the left lane and then hears the sound of a tire going flat. The chase car could not reach him in time unfortunately, but the damage is small with just a few superficial scratches. They cleared the road very quickly. After the first session we drive back to the hotel in Battle Mountain to retrieve a new inner tube and tire, and then head back to the track again.
When we get back at the start it is too late for Thomas to start in his heat, and we try to get Jan-Marcel in one of the later heats. Heat 4 is already full with other riders, but a fifth heat is added. The run is going well, but it isn't a personal record. With a speed of 123.2 km/h he is in a third position at the moment after Wil Baselmans en Sebastiaan Bowier and followed closely by Aurélien Bonneteau.
We will not start in the evening runs because the weather forecast is not looking good and we need our rest.
What is Thomas doing?
We will raffle off a t-shirt among the persons with the correct answer.
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.