Todd Reichert in de Eta op de vierde racedag. In Battle Mountain (Nevada) wordt ieder jaar de World Human Powered Speed Challenge gehouden. Tijdens deze wedstrijd wordt geprobeerd zo hard mogelijk te fietsen op pure menskracht. Ze halen snelheden tot 133 km/h. De deelnemers bestaan zowel uit teams van universiteiten als uit hobbyisten. Met de gestroomlijnde fietsen willen ze laten zien wat mogelijk is met menskracht. De speciale ligfietsen kunnen gezien worden als de Formule 1 van het fietsen. De kennis die wordt opgedaan wordt ook gebruikt om duurzaam vervoer verder te ontwikkelen. Todd Reichert in the Eta on the fourth racing day. In Battle Mountain (Nevada) each year the World Human Powered Speed ??Challenge is held. During this race they try to ride on pure manpower as hard as possible. Speeds up to 133 km/h are reached. The participants consist of both teams from universities and from hobbyists. With the sleek bikes they want to show what is possible with human power. The special recumbent bicycles can be seen as the Formula 1 of the bicycle. The knowledge gained is also used to develop sustainable transport. Bas de Meijer
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A recumbent bike designed by Canadian engineering company Aerovelo has broken the world record for human-powered speed. On September 17, Aerovelo co-founder Todd Reichert pushed the bullet-shaped Eta to 89.59 miles per hour on a highway in Battle Mountain, Nevada, as part of the World Human Powered Speed Challenge. This is the second year Reichert has set the top speed record at the competition.

Weighing about 55 pounds, Eta is designed to be lightweight. It’s carbon fiber outer shell cuts down drag more than 100 times better than the most streamlined cars, according to Aerovelo.

Eta bike, minus its outer shell
The Eta bike, minus its outer shell. Aerovelo

[Via Gizmodo]

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