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.

maandag 8 september 2014

Monday Qualifying runs

Yesterday, the Chinese restaurant was closed, so we ended up in the Mexican restaurant to get something to eat. Then it was really time for some sleep. We got up very early, around 6.00 h, to get ready in time. We got some breakfast first, and then put all the stuff we would need in the car. Got off to the 305, where we arrived before the road closure. There were four heats, we were in the last one. Jan-Marcel was the first one to start. In his first try he moved too far to the left, so Thomas started him again, but the bike fell over. After Jan-Marcel, Christien, Peter, Barbara, and Alan also started or tried to start.

We packed everything in the car again and headed back to the hotel, took a swim and went to the Civic Center for the Riders meeting at 11.00 h. Jan-Marcel got a spot in the qualifying runs for tuesday morning.Lunch time, time for a nap, and off to a road in the neighborhood to practice starts and  stops until it started to rain. Back in the hotel we parked the bike in the downstairs corridor, and after a chat with Alan, Jonathan and the guys from the University of Liverpool we got out again for some food. We tried the Chinese restaurant again, but they seem to be out of business, because we noticed a sign "out of service". That's a bummer. We tried The Owl, and the food was better than earlier experienced there.

At 20.00 h we were at the riders meeting again where the speeds of the evening runs were announced. Rik had made a run over 80 mph. Well done.

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