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.
woensdag 14 september 2016
Battle Mountain - Wednesday
We decided not to run in the morning, so everybody could get the much needed rest. After the IHPVA meeting in the afternoon, we did a power nap and then took our time to get everyting ready for the evening runs. I was the first rider in the second heat. The bike fell in the first attempt to start. Sjaak and Hayco got me on two wheels quickly, and the second start attempt was successful. Almost immediately the chain came off. I steered to the left lane for a midway catch. After some trying to feel what was wrong it turned out that the chain came off at the cranks. That side I could not reach or solve during the run, contrary to the derailler side. At that time my speed was around 40 to 45 km/h. The chase car apparently thought my speed was high enough and did not overtake me. Slowly the speed increased to around 60 km/h even though I could not pedal. At a certain time I was overtaken by Calvin. My speed remained relatively stable until right after the timing traps. Then the bike decelerated slowly. Barclay cought the bike nicely. Tomorrow morning we are going to sleep in and then sand and plaster the bike. Hayco will do the Newmont mine tour. Todd has got a new world record: 88,26 mph = 142.04 km/u. That is really well done!