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Bjerg and Pirrone take world TT titles, Israel start confirmed for Giro: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

September 19, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Bjerg beats McNulty to win under 23 world TT title; Pirrone wins junior world championship time trial; Wiasak and Cavanagh take Amy’s Otway Tour success; Giro d’Italia confirms 2018 start in Israel; Van Vleuten extends contract with Orica-Scott; Van Baarle joins Team Sky; Contador’s Polartec-Kometa Continental team names first eight riders; Elinor Barker Returns to Wiggle High 5; Obree to sell medals, Beastie bike and other memorabilia at auction this week; Rooderkerken grabs the Human Powered Speed Title and Dutch record in Battle Mountain, Slappendel places second; Video: Hotter’n Hell Hundred 2017 Mini-Doc; Video: Cycling around the world in 80 days – BBC News; Video: Worst Retirement Ever Short – Pepperdine Hill KOM, with data

Rooderkerken grabs the Human Powered Speed Title and Dutch record in Battle Mountain, Slappendel places second

by Aliya Traficante, Ella Intern

Time and again Aniek Rooderkerken and Iris Slappendel, former pro cyclist would break the Dutch land speed record, time and again it would be declared illegal because of high winds. That is, until the very last day.

To catch you up, this past week bike aficionados from all over flocked to Battle Mountain, Nevada to put their futuristic looking pods (actually high tech recumbent bikes that require a camera to navigate) to the ultimate test of aerodynamics, while taking a shot a breaking the human powered land speed record in the process.

Rooderkerken and Slappendel both broke the Dutch record, and Rooderkerken won the women’s competition. However, their ultimate goal was to break the women’s land speed world record. Rooderkerken fell just .3 km/h short of this, clocking in with a high speed of 121.5 km/h. Slappendel placed second with a speed of 115 km/h.

“I’m disappointed because we’ve worked so hard for this all year and as an athlete there’s been only one goal in my head,” said Slappendel. “At the same time, this was a true team project and from the beginning I did not feel this attempt was just for myself. I was only the driver of a super aero bike that 20 students have built this year. It was a very special and exciting project. We’ve learned so much and even in the last week here, we made every day improvements.

The only thing I want to post now is a team picture. Yesterday was the last day of the speed challenge here in Battle Mountain, Nevada. I did not break the World Record, my best effort was 115 km/h, 7 km to slow. I'm disappointed because we've worked so hard for this all year and as an athlete there's been only one goal in my head. At the same time, this was a true team project and from the beginning I did not feel this attempt was just for myself. I was only the driver of a super aero bike that 20 students have build this year. It was a very special and exciting project. We've learned so much and even in the last week here, we made every day improvements. This picture shows a group of very dedicated students and I'm sure they are going to be successful in whatever they're gonna do next! Thanks all! . Of course a special mention to Aniek @travelwriternl. Lots of respect for her performance. I'm sorry that she missed the record, but also proud she came so close while the conditions weren't ideal at all. Thanks for challenging me! . Time to go home ???? #whpsc17 #humanpower #humanpowerteam #speedchallenge #tudelft #vuamsterdam ???? @de_fietsende_fotograaf

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“Of course a special mention to Aniek. Lots of respect for her performance. I’m sorry that she missed the record, but also proud she came so close while the conditions weren’t ideal at all. Thanks for challenging me!”

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