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Subject: FW: Press Release/FYI: World's Fastest Human 2002 Speed Challenge,
Sept 30 - 0ct 5, Nevada USA
From: Jeff Wills
Date: 2002-09-20 20:13:21 PST
Forwarding from Matt's site. Spread this to every news outlet, inlet,
newsletter, and town crier you know of:
World's Fastest Human 2002 Speed Challenge, Sept 30 - 0ct 5, Nevada
Several days ago, world silver-medalist American Tim Montgomery edged
Maurice Greene's mark for the world's fastest man on foot at the Grand
Prix in Paris by 0.01 seconds (5 inches at the tape) for 100 meters
(9.78 seconds). There's another "World's Fastest Human" who wears a
very different shoe.
Two weeks from now, the "World Human Powered Speed Challenge" will be
held in Battle Mountain, Nevada, USA. It's where humans have gone the
fastest using pure muscle power and innovation. The laws of physics
are the rulebook. Top athletes are melded with technology and art.
There's more to the challenge than "speed" - it's about discovering
the "possible" and symbolizes the all-encompassing concepts of human
potential, ability, energy and intelligence.
Six days of racing, Sept. 30 - Oct. 5, 2002. Held in the spectacular
desolation of Battle Mountain, Nevada (see below). One pure-muscle
sprint each sunset (5:30pm). Athletes accelerate over 5.1 miles of
desert highway from a standstill to top speed. New this year:
$25,000.00 ".deciMach" Prize for fastest human over 82-MPH (must break
reigning Sam Whittingham's 80.55-MPH world record set last year).
No-nonsense extreme speeds (100 meters under 2.8 seconds) using pure
muscle strength. Athletes power the most energy-efficient vehicles in
existence. The world record surpassed 70-MPH in 2000 and 80-MPH in
Official Race Site - The World Human Powered Speed Challenge 2002:
Photo Gallery - http://www.speed101.com/gallery/
Race Articles - http://www.speed101.com/articles/
The race site is off Interstate 80 on Hwy 305 between Salt Lake City,
Reno, Nevada, USA. It is exactly midway between the Bonneville Salt
Flats where the world's fastest automobiles gather and the Black Rock
Desert, Nevada, where the British Thrust SSC jet car cracked the speed
of sound. Hwy 305 is also the course for one of the world's fastest
public-road races, the 90-mile "Pony Express" with a top course
average near 200-MPH.
Confirmed teams from USA, Germany, Canada, UK, The Netherlands.
Possible team from Russia. Also, a trio of women from USA, Germany,
and Canada will vie for top speed honors.
Athletes include: (see www.speed101.com/gallery/ for racer photos and
* Sam Whittingham, Canada, 80.55-MPH World Record Holder
* Matt Weaver, USA, 78.02-MPH U.S. Record Holder
* Jan Van Eijden, Germany, World Cycling Sprint Champion/Olympian
* Fred Markham, USA, Former 65.48-MPH World Record
* Tanya Markham, USA, 51.27-MPH Fastest Women's Kilo. 16-yrs
* Andrea Blaseckie, Canada, 54.04-MPH Women's Top-Speed World Record
* Ellen van der Horst, NLD 42.46-MPH Women's World Hour Record
* Rob English, UK Top European "low racer" cyclist in the
* Plus at least 4 more elite cyclists/teams through a pre-race
Most teams stay at "Race Central" at the "Best" Inn, only five inches
from the heart of the Washington Post's official "Armpit of America" -
Battle Mountain, NV. For details, see:
The 2001 contest was full of surprises, and a 50-minute BBC/NOW Ash
Potterton documentary, "The Fastest Man on Earth" captured it. If
you're not familiar, there's a brief summary and photos of the racing
by 2000 racer/organizer Sean Costin at
There's also a good article in the April 2002 Canadian "Explore"
Magazine - see http://www.explore-mag.com/new/current/exp_current03042002a.html.
There will be activities every day, including bike races at the
airport and two sets of sprints in the evening on a 6-mile stretch of
highway. Details forthcoming at the "official" website. Keep tabs
there and you might be tempted to make the final day, Saturday, Oct 5.
Also, the annual bicycle industry "Interbike" show (www.interbike.com)
is being held immediately after BM in Las Vegas (Oct 6-8). There's a
chance there will be arrangements for a world hour record attempt (Ed
Dempsey-Paul MacCready Hour Prize) on the fast 1.5-mile Las Vegas
Motor Speedway immediately after BM, but track availability and racer
commitment is undetermined at this time.
email: edge "at" speed101.com
garriehill "at" nextek.net