Human Power

Op de VU in Amsterdam doet een atleet een inspanningstest als onderdeel van de selectieprocedure. In september wil het Human Power Team Delft en Amsterdam, dat bestaat uit studenten van de TU Delft en de VU Amsterdam, tijdens de World Human Powered Speed Challenge in Nevada een poging doen het wereldrecord snelfietsen voor tandems te verbreken met de VeloX 10, een gestroomlijnde ligfiets. Het record staat sinds 2019 op 120,26 km/u

At the VU in Amsterdam an athlete is doing a VO2 Max test as part of the selection procedure. With the VeloX 10, a special recumbent bike, the Human Power Team Delft and Amsterdam, consisting of students of the TU Delft and the VU Amsterdam, also wants to set a new tandem world record cycling in September at the World Human Powered Speed Challenge in Nevada. The current speed record is 120,26 km/h, set in 2019.

Selection

The Human Power Team athletes are carefully selectede from a lot of motivated contenders. The Human Movement Scientists from the Vrij Universiteit Amsterdam conduct three selection rounds, in wich they aim to find the perfect fit. We test endurance, sprint capabilities and strength and conduct a series of interviews. We try to make sure we 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.

Training

Throughout the year the athletes are trained by the Human Power Team coaches. The Human Power Department provide the athletes with training schedules which focus on endurance, sprinting, strength and core stability. Bij training their core, the athletes become better equipped to stabilise the VeloX

training
Op zondagochtend vinden de kwalificaties plaats. Het Human Power Team Delft en Amsterdam, dat bestaat uit studenten van de TU Delft en de VU Amsterdam, is in Amerika om tijdens de World Human Powered Speed Challenge in Nevada een poging te doen het wereldrecord snelfietsen voor vrouwen te verbreken met de VeloX 9, een gestroomlijnde ligfiets. Het record is met 121,81 km/h sinds 2010 in handen van de Francaise Barbara Buatois. De Canadees Todd Reichert is de snelste man met 144,17 km/h sinds 2016.

With the VeloX 9, a special recumbent bike, the Human Power Team Delft and Amsterdam, consisting of students of the TU Delft and the VU Amsterdam, wants to set a new woman's world record cycling in September at the World Human Powered Speed Challenge in Nevada. The current speed record is 121,81 km/h, set in 2010 by Barbara Buatois. The fastest man is Todd Reichert with 144,17 km/h.

Racing

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. 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 10, the athletes spend time learning to ride in an old VeloX. Then, when the VeloX 10 is ready the athletes spend training days riding down a closed down road to master riding a VeloX. They do not yet get the full experience, but they get as close to racing in a VeloX as possible in the Netherlands.

Full package

Being able to break the Human Powered World Speed Record requires more than just extensive training. The atheletes focus on a whole range of factors. They do this together with the Human Power Team. Some examples of these factors are: nutrition, mental strength, taper and acclimatisation. The Human Power Department use the latest research developments in these areas to optimally prepare the athletes for the ultimate record attempt. 

In Delft wordt een 3D scan gemaakt van Emil Löwik, een van de atleten. In september wil het Human Power Team Delft en Amsterdam, dat bestaat uit studenten van de TU Delft en de VU Amsterdam, tijdens de World Human Powered Speed Challenge in Nevada een poging doen het wereldrecord snelfietsen voor tandems te verbreken met de VeloX TX, een gestroomlijnde ligfiets. Het record staat sinds 2019 op 120,26 km/u

In Delft a 3D scan is made of Emil Löwe, one of the athletes. With the VeloX TX, a special recumbent bike, the Human Power Team Delft and Amsterdam, consisting of students of the TU Delft and the VU Amsterdam, also wants to set a new tandem world record cycling in September at the World Human Powered Speed Challenge in Nevada. The current speed record is 120,26 km/h, set in 2019.