Dutch cyclists break world speed record in Nevada USA

A group of Dutch students from TU Delft and VU University Amsterdam have succeeded in setting a new world speed record for recumbent bicycles in the Nevada desert.

VeloX3 recumbent bicycle

The VeloX3 recumbent bicycle has a shell with extremely low air resistance giving just a tenth of the resistance of a normal cyclist and features a special coating by Akzo Nobel from the world of Formula One motor-racing. On the evening of the very last day of competition, Sebastiaan Bowier achieved a speed of 133.78 km/h despite a strong headwind. The winning result was down to a combination of technology and training. Choosing the best cyclist and the most appropriate preparations and racing strategy was the responsibility of Human Movement Sciences students from VU University in Amsterdam. “By having the cyclists train for an average of 15 to 20 hours every week for a year, we were able to ensure they could perform at optimum levels of fitness this week”, explains trainer Jelle de Jong.