Well in time we are ready at the filling station for the first meeting. The French team arrives just after we did with a new rider and an "old" bike. The team of Universities of Delft/Leiden appear not long after that. Heike is a bit late. After a short round of introductions we head for the track. We also have to wait a bit there before we can finally set foot on the holy oval around 7. We make our quarters in the pits and prepare for riding.
Guillome from the French university enters the track first. After a number of rounds he decides to test the quality of the lawn next to the track. It proves to be less smooth than expected and he slides over the finish line on his side. With just some scratches on the bike and a somewhat deflated ego, they come off pretty good. He appeared to have had trouble with a fogged up windscreen.
Pieter can test the track after that. After a few rounds he comes back into the pits sweaty and unsattisfied. He needs too much energy. Some tape was rubbing and is removed quickly. After another test round it appears that there is more that needs attentions. That means that we will work on that tomorrow morning.
Eventually Jan can also make some laps. It it the first time for him to drive with cameras and he had to get used to that. After four rounds in total we need to leave the track. Something is rubbing slightly, probably the wheel plat on the back wheel. We will also look at that in the morning.
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.