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.


During the Easterweekend, Team Cygnus has worked hard to build their first fairing. This first fairing will be used as a testfairing. It will be used for the first testrides, and other validations. When the first riding bike is completed we will take the lessons learned to build the final fairing(s). This way we can build a light, strong, but most of all safe streamliner.
While Hans and Pieter finish the oven (controlsystem for temperaturecontrol), Jan-Marcel, David and Thomas begin with cutting the materials to size, and start laminating.
To make sure all layers are being layed-up in the correct sequence, everything is prepared meticulesly and layed ready in sequence.
After lamination and vacuumbaging we checked for leaks since applying pressure during the curecycle is essential for a good product.
Afterwhich the first halve went into the oven.
12 hours curing at 70 degrees celsius
The laminate looks great. No superflues resin in the edges.
The first halve is a fact! From left to right; Thomas, Hans, Jan-Marcel, Jan, David.
After another day of working hard, the other halve is a fact!
From left to right; Pieter, Jan-Marcel, Thomas, David. Foreground; Hans, Arjen.
Nice and small!