Earlier this month, a group of recumbent bike enthusiasts made their way out into the open roads of Battle Mountain, Nevada to see how fast they could push their pedal-powered machines. Draped in slick, slippery, composite aero shells, these recumbents cheat the wind and defy expectations, with one 14-year-old student entry hitting 55 mph, and the winner blasting past the speed traps at more than 83 mph!
83 mph, if you haven’t noticed, would allow this recumbent bike – as in: bicycle! – to break almost every speed limit law in these United States, without burning a single drop of gasoline. How’s that for the future of fuel?
You can check out a few of my favorite pictures, below, from the World Human Powered Speed Challenge event’s Facebook page, and keep scrolling to check out coverage from our sister site, Cleantechnica, at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!