The 18th annual World Human Powered Speed Challenge will again be held in Battle Mountain, Sept 11-16, 2017, where the world’s fastest bicycles will attempt to break the human powered land speed record.
Spectators are welcome to this event free of charge, with racing each morning from 7:00-10:00am and each evening from 6:00-7:00pm. A free spectator shuttle bus leaves the Battle Mountain Civic Center at 4:45pm and returns at 7:30pm. Bleachers are located at the timing traps for maximum speed thrills or, those curious about the riders and vehicles can watch the racers assisted from their fully enclosed speedbikes in the “catch” area. On-site parking is limited so if you don’t get on the shuttle at the Civic Center or in the catch area you will have a short hike to get to the bleachers. Mornings and evenings can be cold, proper clothing and footwear for the desert is recommended.
The Civic Center will also host a “Show and Shine” on Tues Sept 12th 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 at 12:00 near the Battle Mountain High School. All comers are welcome to test their mettle against the world's fastest. The challenge is set against the forces of nature and the viscosity of the air itself.
The record to beat is an amazing 89.59 mph set by Todd Reichert in 2016 when 10 countries from around the globe came to compete.
Highway SR 305 just south of Battle Mountain possesses the unique traits necessary for these highly engineered bicycles to achieve top speeds. The high altitude and arrow straight section of pavement has drawn athletes worldwide to test their speedbike designs and sprinting abilities since 2000.
The thin air at 4,619 feet altitude reduces aerodynamic drag; coupled with the five-mile long acceleration zone, bikes can reach their maximum velocity before being timed over a 200-meter distance.