Each September, engineers from around the globe flock to this town’s perfectly flat tarmac, hoping to break records (currently 89.59 mph) in the World Human Powered Speed Challenge.
The 20th annual World Human Powered Speed Challenge will again be held in Battle Mountain, Sept. 8-14 where the world’s fastest bicycles attempt to break the human-powered land speed record.
Spectators are welcome to this event free of charge. Racing occurs each morning from 7-10 a.m. and every evening from 6-7 p.m. A free spectator shuttle bus leaves the Battle Mountain Civic Center at 4:45 p.m. and returns at 7:30 p.m.
Bleachers are located at the timing traps for maximum speed thrills; or those curious about the riders and vehicles can watch the racers assisted from their fully enclosed speedbikes in the “catch” area.
On-site parking is limited so if you don’t get on the shuttle at the Civic Center or in the catch area you will have a short hike to get to the bleachers. Mornings and evenings can be cold, proper clothing and footwear for the desert is recommended.
The Civic Center will also host a “Show and Shine” for those who would like to see the bikes and meet the riders. Event t-shirts, hats and posters will be on sale.
Drag races will be held in town near Battle Mountain High School. All comers are welcome to test their mettle against the world's fastest. The challenge is set against the forces of nature and the viscosity of the air itself.
The record to beat is an amazing 89.59 mph set by Todd Reichert in 2016 when 10 countries from around the world came to compete.
State Route 305 just south of Battle Mountain possesses the unique traits necessary for these highly engineered bicycles to achieve top speeds. The high altitude and arrow straight section of pavement has drawn athletes worldwide to test their speedbike designs and sprinting abilities since 2000.
The thin air at 4,619 feet altitude reduces aerodynamic drag; coupled with the five-mile long acceleration zone, bikes can reach their maximum velocity before being timed over a 200-meter distance.
This is a free event for spectators. We also have a bus that will take you out to the course each evening at 5 p.m.
For a full schedule of events and more information on the World Human Powered Speed Challenge and planning your trip to Battle Mountain, please dial the Lander County Visitors Center at (775) 635-1112 or click Visit Lander County.