Time for the annual preview of teams and riders that have announced that they will be competing this year at the WHPSC. I’ve listed teams or riders roughly in descending order of speed, and new teams are listed at the end. Photos are either from previous WHPSC related blog entries, or sourced from the WHPSC facebook page, except where noted.
Todd and company are back this year after having reset the world record three times last year, with a fastest speed of just under 140 kph. In the interim, both Todd and Cam have been working full time for a secretive start up, and so they probably have not had as much time to work on the bike or to train. Nevertheless, you can’t count these guys out, and they will certainly have a good shot at pushing the record higher, although 90 mph is probably out of reach.
This team set the record several years ago that was broken last year by Aerovelo. Since that time, they have had mixed success with last year being particularly disappointing. This year, they are back with two riders, one of whom (Jan Bos) who has gone just shy of 80 mph in what might be considered to be a slower bike. Wishing them better luck than last year. Update: Rick Flens has a viral infection and is unable to make it. Jan is already on his way to the US.
Team Cygnus is back, with Jan Marcel gunning for an 80 mph hat. They had issues with starting last year and were not on their best form. Since then, they did have some fun appearing on Japanese TV, as well as setting a new hour record in one of their other HPVs. We’ll see how they do this year. Also hoping that Thomas or at least his 2D avatar will make an appearance.
(photo Bas de Meijer, image source)
Aurelien Bonneteau will be back with a new bike, Altair 5, that apparently looked very fast during testing at Dekra. Note: this is a picture of their older bike. The new one is a bike without windows, running a periscope (and perhaps a camera?). Thanks to Jonathan Woolrich (who was at Dekra) for this info.
Update: here is Jonathan’s photo of both bikes. (image source)
University of Toronto HPVDT
HPVDT didn’t do very well last year as they didn’t finish their new bike and brought two old ones without very much preparation. This year, they’ll bring Eta Prime which has the same aeroshell as Aerovelo’s Eta, but with a different internal structure. Calvin is hoping to upgrade his hat by one level. We’ll also be bringing Vortex to give some other team members seat time on 305.
This team did extremely well last year for a first try, with Ken Buckley going 75 mph in Arion 1. This time, Ken is back in Arion 2, and they are bringing new rider Yasmin Tredell for a shot at the women’s record.
Gareth is back with All Overzealous. In 2014, he set a new trike record of 72.94 mph, and he actually beat that with his Saturday night run of 73.54 mph, but the winds were not legal. Perhaps 75 is within reach.
This is another team that did incredibly well their first time out, setting a new Italian record of 72.19 mph. According to a timeline on their website, their goal this year is to raise the Italian record to 75-80 mph. They have made some enhancements to PulsaR, including internal wheel covers, and a camera for forward vision.
Hans and Ellen are back this year. It is not clear if any enhancements have been made to their bike. However, they have been busy this past year, with Ellen setting a new low altitude 200m sprint record, as well as a new 6 hour record.
Larry is back with a new bike called “Super 8” (not the motel). He’s still gunning for that elusive single rider 70 mph hat. (photo courtesy Larry Lem)
Barclay is coming back with a rebuilt version of Backslider, a trike in which he went just under 65 mph back in 2009. It’ll be nice seeing him race again (down 305, as opposed to just during the drag races).
Veniamin Ulyanovskiy is back with Tetiva 4. This is a picture of the bike posted just before WHPSC 2015. They didn’t make it last year.
Team Super Ketta
This is a new team from Japan, but they are not inexperienced. They were part of an NHK TV feature on HPV racing where they put together a bike in a period of months and raced it against Team Cygnus. Since that time, they have built another bike, this time a camera bike, and they hope it will go faster than their earlier one.
Mike will be back this year with his Norus Streamliner. He went 60 mph on his previous fastest run, but slowed down before the traps. Not this year, Mike!
An abbreviated version of Team Kowalik is back this year, with Florian in his final year of eligibility to set a new junior record in the under 18 age category. Last year he set a new junior multitrack record in CO2. This time he’s back with Velox S, ex Hans Van Vugt via Garrie Hill. Fran says the girls will be back in 2017….
Peter and Greg are back. This time they are going to see how fast a production velomobile (a DF Velomobile) can go when they put a big chainring in it.
Plymouth University is back with the same arm powered, head steered trike, and a new female rider, hoping to better the unfaired mark of 24.72 mph set last year set by Liz McTernan.
Dave showed up in 2013 with a beautifully finished trike named Big Nose Pete (shown above). This time his trike is named Slimpossible, with the name suggesting that it might have a bit less frontal area.
Adam has been showing up for years, and he has taken many beautiful photos of the bikes. In 2014, he brought his own bike, but didn’t manage to get it all the way down 305. He has rebuilt the bike, and he’s going to give it another go.
Universidad of la Salle Bajío in León Guanajuato
A new team from Mexico. The photo is from a week or so ago when their bike was still under construction.
Andrew is a home builder from Michigan who will be running TRIage, a camera trike.
This is Mike Mowett’s list of records (official and unofficial) to be broken (click to enbiggen)
and here is his list of things that happened last year.
Best of luck to everyone. There’s a little over a week left to go, some of the above bikes are already en route, and some of the teams as well. And of course Dave Larrington is already on his way.
Fingers crossed for good weather.