Meet the Team – Cécile, Bart & Tomas

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This Meet the Team Aerodynamics Engineer Bart, Technical Manager Tomas and Cécile from the Operations department will introduce themselves and elaborate on their experiences this year!


What was so far the most exciting thing this year?

Tomas: I think I found my presentation the most exciting.

Bart: What presentation?

Tomas: I mean my part during our Design Presentation when I had to elaborate on the whole design of the VeloX 9. That was really exciting. Or maybe I found it more exciting to start the VeloX 9 during our Rollout, since that was the first day we started the VeloX 9 without it’s protection.

Bart: I found all of the first times that we cycled exciting. Every time you hope that the athletes won’t fall down with the bicycle you made.

Also I was a bit tense during our wind tunnel tests, this is more function specific. During the wind tunnel test I could finally see if what I had designed was as good as it should be.

Cécile: I found arranging a location for the Rollout exciting. Everything turned out great but it took us way more time than we anticipated upon. Right now I am still a bit tense about the VeloX being on it’s way to the US and the way the customs will handle everything.

 

What did you like more this year than you had expected?

Tomas: I liked the milling and lathing way better than expected and also working with the MAHO (CNC-machine).

Cécile: For me the thing I liked better than expected was calling new companies to see if they wanted to support us and to arrange a sponsorship. And also the organizing of our events!

Bart: I started this year completely enthusiastic about aerodynamics and I thought I would also like this the most. Looking back I actually liked all different aspects as well, such as working on the bicycle, but also the lathing and milling. However I do really hate calling companies.

Tomas: I found that different from case to case. If I need to call a company to arrange something I have no problem with it. But I find calling a company for a sponsorship difficult.

Bart: I think I only called a company once, often I just let someone make the call.

Cécile: The more often you do it the easier you tell your story so the easier it is gonna get!

 

What are you doing whilst the VeloX 9 is gone?

Cécile: I am working on fixing the transportation of the VeloX 9 and especially the final pieces of paperwork and am trying to fix transport for the varnishes we need to fix our shells if necessary. Furthermore I am writing a pr plan for in Battle Mountain.

Tomas: I am working on a transfer document so that the next team can make a good start!

Bart: I am also writing a transfer document for the new aerodynamics department based on my experiences of this year!

What are you going to do in the US?

Bart: Of course the goal is to break the world record! But in Battle Mountain I will have the role of Safety Officer. This means that during the race I will keep an eye out of whether it is safe for our athletes to start in the race.

Tomas: During the race I am in the starting team just like Bart and Cécile. We are thus gonna make sure that our athletes will make a quick start and can cycle away really quickly!

Cécile: Exactly! Next to being part of the starting team I will be busy with keeping everyone at home up to date about our results in the race on our social media!

 

What are you going to do in the US?

Bart: Of course the goal is to break the world record! But in Battle Mountain I will have the role of Safety Officer. This means that during the race I will keep an eye out of whether it is safe for our athletes to start in the race.

Tomas: During the race I am in the starting team just like Bart and Cécile. We are thus gonna make sure that our athletes will make a quick start and can cycle away really quickly!

Cécile: Exactly! Next to being part of the starting team I will be busy with keeping everyone at home up to date about our results in the race on our social media!

 

Are we going to break the world record?

Bart and Cécile: YES!

Tomas: No we are going to break 6 world records by breaking our own record.

Cécile: So we will also try to break the world record of breaking world records!