The 2019 Bike
This year, the Cal Poly team is making strides to improve our design and manufacturing processes, club cohesion, and professional presence. This will allow students the opportunity to participate in a real engineering project while gaining real-world workplace experience as a part of an engineering team. We have broken down the tasks ahead of us and taken a tactical approach in order to make the best bike possible for the Battle Mountain competition. This year's bike will be unlike any other Cal Poly has made before.
Battle Mountain is, above all else, a competition about speed. In past years, our bikes have been made with versatility in mind. They were designed to traverse a course that included tight turns and obstacles, and thus speed was sacrificed for agility. Our transition to the Battle Mountain competition allows us to design and build a bike that is solely focused on achieving the highest top speed possible.
As of August 2018, we are in the design phase of this project. To make the bike as light and efficient as possible while maintaining rideability, our design team is minimizing extra space and weight while maximizing drivetrain efficiency. Most components of the bike will be manufactured in-house at either of the two Cal Poly machine shops, the Aero Hangar, and Mustang 60 . The bike's construction will be a year-long undertaking and will debut at the 2019 Battle Mountain Competition next September.
Battle Mountain WHPSC
Battle Mountain, Nevada is the site of the annual World Human Powered Speed Challenge hosted by the International Human Powered Vehicle Association. Each year, teams from all across the globe make their way to the town to participate. They race one by one across a 5 mile stretch of Highway 305, an incredibly flat and straight road, building speed until a final 200 meter stretch where top speeds are measured. The competition has been the sight of dozens of record breaking rides, including AeroVelo's "Eta" in 2016, which set the current human powered land speed record of 89.59 MPH.
Cal Poly is returning to the competition after a hiatus of more than a decade, hoping to break the American collegiate team record of 61.3 miles per hour. We will be one of the few collegiate level U.S. teams at the event, competing against primarily experienced HPV enthusiasts and international graduate teams. As a result, we will need to up our game to stand among the truly elite members of the Human Powered community.
Our team did not participate in the 2018 World Speed Competition, but we did send a small scouting team to observe the competition and introduce ourselves to the Human Powered community. Read about our trip to Battle Mountain here!