World Human Powered Speed Challenge September 10-15 at Battle Mountain

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The world’s fastest humans will attempt to break the current land speed record of 89.59 mph in Battle Mountain over the 6-day event. Teams representing ten nations — the US, France, Russia, Japan, Canada, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Australia and England — will compete with their pedal powered vehicles in the World Human Powered Speed Challenge. The schedule is here.

Todd Reichert of team Aerovelo, Toronto Canada, set the Men’s record here just last year; Barbara Bautois from Draveil, France, set the women’s record here in 2010 at 75.69 mph. The record for the newly adopted category of Multi-track was set by Gareth Hanks from Berwick Australia at 73.95

Highway SR 305 just south of town possesses the unique traits necessary for these highly engineered bicycles to achieve top speeds. The 4,619ft (1,408m) altitude road allows riders an acceleration zone of more than 5 miles, enabling them to reach their maximum velocity before being timed over a 200 meter distance. The section of the road used for this event was paved in 2009, with a smooth surface specially prepared for human powered cycle racing by Frehner Construction and the Nevada Department of Transportation using a Nevada Department of Tourism Grant from the US government.

As per the rules of the International Human Powered Vehicle Association (IHPVA), the world record keeping and sanctioning body of this sport, the maximum grade allowed cannot exceed 2/3 of one percent over the entire course, in homage to the first record attempts held in the early 70’s on the Irwindale Speedway. The high altitude and arrow straight section of pavement has drawn athletes worldwide to test their speedbike designs and sprinting abilities since 2000.

The WHPSC is open to all riders. Entries are limited due to road-closure time constraints

The longstanding partnership between Lander County and the IHPVA has motivated both to create an independent permanent facility in Battle Mountain specially created for human power events, record attempts as other like minded endeavors. The IHPVA and Lander County are currently seeking partnerships to make this dream facility into reality.

Spectators are welcome to this free event each morning from 7 -10 and each evening from 6 -7. The commuter bus leaves the Battle Mountain Civic Center each day at 4:30 and returns at 7:30. Bleachers are located at the timing traps for maximum speed thrills or those curious about the riders and vehicles can wait in the “catch” area to see the racers assisted from their fully enclosed speedbikes. Spectators are encouraged to ride the bus as parking is limited and there is a 1/2 mile walk to the bleachers.

The Civic Center will also host a show and shine on Tuesday, September 11, 1 – 3 pm for those who would like to see the bikes and meet the riders. Event T-shirts, hats and posters will be on sale.

Bike Parade will be held at 12:30 pm all entries welcome. Dress up and bike decoration encouraged. Drag races will be held immediately following parade on Altenberg by the BM High School. All are welcome to test their mettle against the world’s fastest.

Don’t miss this opportunity to attend what could be world record setting history!

Local Coordinator: Paula Tomera L.C. Convention & Tourism 775-635-1112

IHPVA Coordinators / Race Directors: Al and Alice Krause:  Email or (707) 443-8261 (10:00AM to 10:00PM PST) All records set are sanctioned by the IHPVA

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