The last few days have been full of frustration. Of the 6 sessions that have been run up until today I’ve only had one good run and that was the half distance of 2.5 miles. We’ve been rained off, had wind cancellations, technical problems and mechanical faults.
We all had high hopes for this mornings session as the engineers were really confident in the bike. We set off 2nd in the 3rd heat right after a Canadian team, Aerovelo. They went on to set a new world record of 85mph in their run so a big congratulations to them. They’ve been chasing this record for many years.
My run got away without a hitch and in low wind. By about two thirds into the run I was approaching the British Record of 67.37mph and felt confident. We went through the 200m traps and our speedo was reading just over 70mph so I was certain we’d broken the record just as long as the wind was legal.
Then came the long wait to the meeting where official times are announced. We had legal wind and so successfully set a new British Land Speed Record for Human Powered Vehicles of 69mph.
We have 5 more sessions left before the event finishes so hopefully we can push the record higher.
Here is the moment where we got the news:
(Video to follow when I have a decent wifi connection)