We finally made it to the 2012 World Human Powered Speed Challenge in Battle Mountain, Nevada!
First order of business is a tech/safety inspection...
We passed the tech/safety inspection. Now I need to ride this new creation for the first time.
No, I didn't crash. Another WHPSC participant, Larry Lem, advised me to try riding my streamliner without the upper body half. He also suggested taping cardboard "crash panels" to the sides of the lower tub. Last but not least, he advised me to pick up a pair of cheap leather gloves from the local hardware store so I wasn't ruining my good cycling gloves.
Here's video from a GoPro Hero mounted in the nose of the streamliner...
I had exactly ZERO experience riding any sort of recumbent bicycle, and vastly underestimated how difficult the streamliner would be to ride. We returned to the Super 8 Motel, where all the WHPSC racers hang out when they're not racing down Nevada Highway 305, for some advice.
Georgi Georgiev, creator of the Varna Diablo streamliners that Sam Whittingham and Barbara Buatois pedaled to world records advised us to stiffen the rear wheel mounts, but I already knew what I needed to do... it was the same advice everyone gave me last year: learn to ride a recumbent.