Winter has started and Team Cygnus uses this time very well. The speedbikes will be made ready for the races in 2018, and more improvements are developed for the bikes. Jan van Steeg has built a great workshop in his backgarden, even though it is small. Everything is nicely done and well insulated. His speedbike sits in the best position. Jan is working on improving the internal ventilation and cooling. Jan has done extensive research into the best position of the naca ducts. The goal is to achieve as much cooling as possible with very little air stream disturbance. Pieter has improved the aerodynamic shape of his speedbike. Something new for this year is that Pieter will ride with cameras again. Three years ago he tried using cameras, but swapped to a periscope due to problems with the electronics because of the high humidity in the bike. This problem has been solved by well positioned naca ducts. Pieter made a new carbon back hatch in a new mold for this.
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.