Cyclists trained at Liverpool Hope take on land speed record at Battle MountainFriday 16 September 2016
Cyclists tested by Liverpool Hope sport scientists are at Battle Mountain, Las Vegas this week, where they are attempting to break the British land speed record for the fastest human powered vehicle.
Liverpool Hope has this year provided both the facilities and sports scientists to ensure that The University of Liverpool Velocipede (ULV) Team riders have the best chance at breaking the human powered land speed record in the ARION2.
In March this year, six female applicants were put through a battery of physiological tests to help determine which of them can be the new rider of the ARION2. The gruelling physical tests were designed by Dr Simon Marwood (Senior Lecturer in Physiology) and Dr Pete Angell (Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science) and the ARION 2 team to push the athletes to their limits, and allow the Team to gather the data needed to make a decision.
Yasmin Tredell will this week attempt to beat the female British land speed record, with Ken Buckley looking to extend his own British record set at last years event of 75.03mph as well as attempting to beat the male land speed record of 86.63 mph.
As well as providing the regular testing of riders, Dr Simon Marwood has used a mathematical model to determine the power outputs required to break the record and Dr Angell has provided advice on the training programme that should enable them to meet the demands of a record-breaking run.
Dr Angell said: "'This is a significant challenge that combines cutting-edge engineering with high-level physical performance. The ARION team have put a lot of effort into their preparation and we're confident they can come back with some new records. We have really enjoyed working with the team for the second year."