After we have packed the car, we leave at 20 past 8 in the morning. The drive to Germany goes reasonably well. We can avoid a number of traffic jams by happily using alternatives offered by googlemaps. We arrive around 10 past 5 in the afternoon at our Capotel.
Pieter arrived about an hour and a half earlier and gives us a warm welcome. About 15 minutes later David arrives and team Cygnus is at its full strength. We take our residence in the spacious hotel. David resides in the honeymoon suite. Jan, Pieter and Jan-Marcel put up with an ample double room each. A modern kitchen and luxurious sanitary facilities are at our disposal.
After extensive chatter, we go to an Italian restaurant in the neighbourhood. Pieter can no longer keep his Sicilian roots hidden. In fast Italian all kinds of greetings, gossip, recipes, and the latest Italian news facts are exchanged.
In the evening we chat into the small hours about recumbents, team members, recumbents, trikes, recumbents, family members and of course recumbents.
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.