I usually don’t repost content from other sources but I had to post this video which was edited from footage taken by Team Tetiva last September 2014 at the World Human Powered Speed Challenge.
As documented elsewhere on this blog, the WHPSC is an annual gathering of people who try to break the absolute speed record for bicycles on flat ground, on highway 305 just south of Battle Mountain Nevada. This is a fairly long video that might only be significant to the participants of this event. However, it does a really good job of showing how these streamlined recumbent bicycles are launched at the start of the 5 mile run up, as well as the catch area where the bikes are brought to rest at about 1.5 miles beyond the timing traps.
What makes this a treat for me is that I’ve never spent much time at either start or catch, so this is one of the first looks that I’ve had of these parts of each run. The other thing that makes this special is to see the cooperation of people from all the teams, from all over the world, working together at catch to keep the bikes from falling over, and taking the fairings off as soon as possible so that the racers can breathe and recover after their runs. It is a competition, but everyone shares the joy of when a racer gets in a fast run.
Credits: videography by Earl Cassorla, with footage from Alexei Kiristaev and Team Tetiva, edited by Warren Beauchamp (who runs the recumbents.com website, an invaluable resource for the HPV community).