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Group seeking to break human-powered land speed record in Michigan


A Canadian group hoping to break the human-powered land speed record is testing its speed-bike on a General Motors test track on Monday.

The current record is 83.1 miles per hour. 

AeroVelo thinks its new recumbent speed bike can go about 87. 

The bike is sheathed in an aerodynamic shell so it looks like a futuristic pod rather than a bike. 

The human powering it – Todd Reichert – is a former speed skating champion. 

AeroVelo hopes to break the record on GM's Milford Proving Grounds before heading to Nevada for the World Human Powered Speed Championship.

Tracy Samilton covers energy and transportation, including the auto industry and the business response to climate change for Michigan Public. She began her career at Michigan Public as an intern, where she was promptly “bitten by the radio bug,” and never recovered.
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