University teams and enterprising individuals bring their bike designs to the Nevada desert every year to attempt to be the fastest person on Earth without an engine. Ishtey Amminger broke a world record this year for the junior men's division.
The bike Blue Nose competed this year at the World Human Powered Speed Challenge, which takes place on a very flat 5-mile stretch of public highway.
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Russell Bridge, riding the Milan SL, shows how custom-built aerodynamic shells reduce wind resistance.
Calvin Moes, a doctoral student in materials engineering at Toronto University, rides Eta Prime. Riders get as low and recumbent as possible without losing too much stability.
The team from Uni Annecy, France, gives rider Fabien Canal in the Altair 6 a running push, which is necessary because the bikes are unstable at a standing position.
The Velox 8 from Amsterdam's Uni Delft team crosses the finish line, 5 miles from the start.
Lieke De Cock from Uni Delft doesn't have a windshield on in the Velox 8. Video from an outside camera is how she navigates.
Recumbent practice bikes are on hand for teams to train on before they get into the shells.
Universidad La Salle Bajio Mexico built the IK3 with an experimental linear drive, a hand-and-foot mechanism with a straight-line pedal path. Due to technical issues, the IK3 never ran this year.
This small, international gathering of ath-geeks is breaking world speed records in various categories nearly every year.
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Fifteen riders came from 11 teams this year, representing the United States, Canada, Mexico, Italy, England, France and the Netherlands.