Between 1999 and 2001, the UC Berkeley Human Powered Vehicle team went on a tear and broke five world records for human-powered speed, but the great college team couldn’t last forever. Graduation took its toll, a faculty member had a baby, and the team disbanded. After a ten-year hiatus, it was announced last week that the once-vaunted team would ride again.
They already have the makings of a ten- to fifteen-person team, primarily composed of engineers and cyclists. “There is actually a lot of crossover between them both,” said team president James Brannon Smith.
The team will put its newly designed craft in competition for the first time on September 13 at the World Human Powered Speed Challenge. Smith is the early candidate to race the vehicle because of his experience on the Cal cycling team.