September 6, 2013 – The world’s fastest humans from around the world including France, Russia, Scotland, Canada, Australia and the Netherlands, Slovenia, Switzerland, Uruguay and many Collegiate teams and their pedal powered vehicles will attempt to break the current land speed record of 82.819 mph set by Sam Whittingham from British Columbia, Canada in 2009, and the women’s record set by Barbara Bautois from Draveil, France in 2010 of 75.69 mph.
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 over 4 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 newly refinished 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 World record keeping and sanctioning body of this sport, the International Human Powered Vehicle Association (IHPVA), the maximum grade allowed cannot exceed 2/3 of a percent in homage to the first races 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.
Spectators are welcome to this free event each morning from 7:00-10:00 and each evening from 6:00-7:00. The commuter bus leaves the Battle Mountain Civic Center each day at 4:45-5:00 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.
The Civic Center will also host a show and shine on Tues Sept 10 from 12:00 – 2:00 for those who would like to see the bikes and meet the riders. Event T-shirts, hats and posters will be on sale.
Drag races will be held in town Friday morning at 12:00 near the High School with plans for a critirium race as well. All comers 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!
In 2012 the IHPVA board of Directors introduced two new official record categories for Trikes and Juniors. Many new vehicles are expected in response to this new challenge!
Graeme Obree of one hour record cycling fame and featured in the movie “The Flying Scotsman” will be testing his speedbike skills with his newly built vehicle “Beastie”.
Current WHPSC Records:
In 2009, Sam Whittingham, from British Columbia, Canada, broke his own record again for a human powered speed of 82.819 MPH!
In 2010, Barbara Buatois, from France, broke her own record, with a women’s human powered speed of 75.69 MPH.
In 2011, Greg Westlake, US Para-athlete broke his own record with an arm powered world speed record of 45.68 MPH.
In 2011 Team Delft, from the Netherlands, with rider Sebastian Bowier were the 2nd in history to break 80 mph.
The WHPSC is the setting for men and women to attempt to hold the title of “World’s Fastest Human propelled by their own power”. The International Human Powered Vehicle Association (IHPVA) sanctions all records.
Contact Al or Alice Krause WHPSC event organizer at [email protected] 707-443-8261 before event 707845-3683 during event
or call the Lander County Convention and Tourism Bureau at 775-635-1112