During the DEKRA Speedbike races in Germany, Team Cygnus has again had fantastic results. Peter Pas rode his super trike for an hour with an average speed of 70.7 km/h, and he broke the world hour record for trikes. The record has recently been acknowledged by the International Human Powered Vehicle Association (IHPVA). With his ride Pieter broke the long-standing trike record by Eric Edwards from 1980. Pieter: "During my record attempt not only the weather circumstances were good, but also the cooperation within our team. Team members David Verbroekken and Jan van Steeg were always there for me."..
The official record: http://www.ihpva.org/hpvarec3.htm#nom27 and http://www.ihpva.org/home/?view=plink&id=24
Jan van Steeg also made a top performance in his Cygnus Omega, his personally homebuilt bicycle. During the 200m sprint runs, he reached 2nd place with 103 km/h. That is a top 10 position in the world records on a track at sea-level. Jan really got into riding, and one day later he made a terrific one hour run with an average speed of 86.5 km/h. This makes him one of the six fastest speedbikes ever on the hour.
Jan: "We know that our bikes belong to the fastest in the world. We also learned a lot about our bikes this weekend. So next winter will see some time spent on tuning and designing for next year!"..
Pictures: Carsten Boettcher
Team Cygnus has developed a fully faired recumbent bicycle that can compete with the fastest recumbents in the world. The main goal is to use an optimum man-machine combination to break world records. The Cygnus team consists of technical specialists from various disciplines. Between them they have many years of experience with fully faired recumbents both in racing and in designing. All Cygnus team members are racers at the highest level. Every year they compete in national and international competitions such as Battle Mountain, the European Championship, the World Championship, and the Michigan Human Powered Speed Challenge, but they also attempt to break records on the tracks of RDW, DEKRA and Opel.