The Human Power Team athletes are carefully selected from a pool of motivated athletes. The Human Movement Scientists from the VU Amsterdam conduct three selection rounds, in which they aim to find the perfect fit. By testing the endurance and sprint capabilities of the athletes with a variety of tests, and by conducting a series of interviews we aim to select athletes that are not only physically capable to break the world record, but are also just as motivated and excited as the rest of the team to work towards this goal for one year.
Throughout the year, the athletes are trained by the Human Power Team coaches. These Human Movement Sciences students provide the athletes with training scheduled which focus on endurance and sprinting, strength and core stability. By training their core, the athletes become better equipped to stabilise the VeloX, which is important because the VeloX 8 weights 40kg!
Racing in a VeloX
Being able to race in a VeloX takes a whole new motor skill which the athletes need to learn. To prepare the athletes, they start training on a recumbent bike as soon as possible. This way they get used to the balance and transfer of power necessary for cycling in a VeloX. While the engineers are busy designing and building the VeloX 8, the athletes spend time learning to ride in an old VeloX. Then, when the VeloX 8 is ready the athletes spend training days riding down a closed down road to master riding a VeloX. Here they do not yet get the full experience, but they get as close to racing in a VeloX as possible in the Netherlands.
Being able to break the Human Powered World Speed Record requires more than just extensive training. Together with the athletes, the Human Power Team focusses on a whole range of factors. Some examples are nutrition, mental strength, taper and acclimatisation. The Human Movement Scientists use the latest research developments in these areas to optimally prepare the atletes for the record attempt.
Age 25 - Lives in Leiden - Studies ICT Law - Works as Reservist Dutch Defense
How she became an HPT Athlete
My name is Jennifer Breet, born and raised in Volendam but in the meantime already living in Leiden for a couple of years because of my study. I’m finishing my master’s degree in Criminal Law and Criminology and following a master’s degree Internet, Intellectual Property and IT at the VU Amsterdam. Besides that I’m a work student at Defensity College, part of the Ministry of Defence. I’ve been cycling since I was 14 years old, it was always recreational next to other sports (like football, running and competitive rowing), but last year I started cycling more fanatically. However, one year of Human Power Team tasted like more and that is why this year I will again, with joy, a little more experience, and strong conviction, attack the world speed record!
Age 28 - Lives in Utrecht - Studied Physiotherapy - Works at Annatommie mc
How she became an HPT Athlete
My name is Rosa Bas, born in Amsterdam. I’ve always played football until I started studying. When I was 18 years old I moved to Utrecht and started with the study physiotherapy. At the same time I began rowing at the student rowing club A.U.S.R. ORCA, I’ve competed at a high level until last summer. I stopped because I wanted to work and study more again. Currently I am working as a physiotherapist at the Annatommie Medical Centre and started the master Sports Physical Therapy. Also, this chance came on my way, the chance to break a world record! I’m really excited!