The record currently stands at 86.65 mph (139.21 kph), set last year by Todd Reichert of Canada's AeroVelo Team .
This will be the 17th consecutive year of competition at this site; home of one of the straightest, flattest, and smoothest roads in the world.
The 4,619 ft (1,408m) altitude course provides an acceleration zone of five miles leading to a 200 meter speed trap. Riders, mostly in recumbent-style bikes surrounded by an aerodynamic shell, must get to speed pedaling huge gear rings. The energy expended usually allows just one pass per day. This year, Japan and Mexico will be represented for the first time.
"It is so exciting to expand the countries to 11 that will participating in this year's event. We have great options for spectators with an upgraded viewing area, evening shuttles and a new digital speed board that allows spectators to view speed in real time." said Paula Tomera, Executive Director of the Convention & Tourism Authority. "This is also a perfect time to explore all of Lander County's hidden treasures."
More than 20 teams are expected to attend the human powered "speed week” which includes a bike "show and tell" with local students and the public.
For a video preview check out this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNW1gaYR9wg
The highway was repaved in 2009, with special consideration for human powered time trials on the race section of the road given by the Nevada Department of Transportation. The racing pavement project was brought about by Lander County Convention & Tourism, the Battle Mountain Chamber, the International Human Powered Vehicle Association with support from the Lander Economic Development Authority.
"As one of its earliest supporters, LEDA recognizes the valuable economic contribution the World Human Powered Speed Challenge brings to Lander County," said Jan Morrison Community Development Director for Lander County. "The direct impact in the community continuously grew the first several years, averaging $50,000 annually. In 2007, an impact of $66,000 was tracked. In 2015, over $200,000 dollars directly flowed into the community with statewide impact of close to a half-million dollars."
The WHPSC involves cooperation between local and state law enforcement, emergency services, county, chamber of commerce, and the school district. The private sector provides rooms, meals, sundries, hardware, automotive supplies, gas, portable toilets, gaming, shopping, and a myriad of other services and goods, Morrison said.
IHPVA Speed Records set at the 2015 WHPSC:
1) Todd Reichert of the Canadian AeroVelo team has reset the top speed record to an amazing 86.65MPH!
2) Ellen Van Vugt of the Dutch Elan team has set the women's multi-track record at 54.45 MPH.
3) Florian Kowalik of the USA GeeBee team has set the Junior Mens 15 to 17 (16) multi-track record at 57.92 MPH.
4) Liz McTernan of the British University of Plymouth team has set the Womens arm powered record at 24.72 MPH.
5) Cecilia Kowalik of the American GeeBee team has set the Womens Junior 12 to 14 (13) top speed record at 30.88 MPH.
6) Genevieve Kowalik of the American GeeBee team has set the Womens Junior 11 and under (10) top speed record at 37.29 MPH.
All records set are sanctioned by the IHPVA.
Event Coordinators / Race Directors: Al and Alice Krause: Email or (707) 443-8261 (10:00AM to 10:00PM PST)
The WHPSC is open to all.
For Media Contacts: Paula Tomera, Lander County Convention & Tourism Authority at (775) 635-1112