Sprints, endurance and speed endurance are competitions planned this weekend in Bozeman for the Human Powered Vehicle Challenge.
Between 18 to 25 university teams from throughout the US, and other countries will be matching their "super bikes" against each other May 13 to 15.
This is the first time the event will be held in Montana and is sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. A team from Montana State University has competed 6 times in the yearly event.
This year, their three-wheeled speedster is "The Thundercat."
Kiki Fischer of Hamilton, a senior mechanical engineering student has been part of the pedal-powered project since its inception, and said, "We'd like to really show off our stuff since we have the home court advantage." The team's design is a tricycle. The rider leans to steer it, rather than using handlebars, and the back wheels are mounted on a skateboard truck to allow the leaning movement.
The competition in Bozeman will be on Garfield Street Saturday morning and on the MSU campus Saturday afternoon, with the Speed endurance event on campus Sunday morning.
Fischer said, "Having an innovative idea is more important than winning, but it would be nice to win, too."
In the photo are team members (L to R) Nick Svinicki, Brian Mayernik, Kiki Fischer, Ryan Harris, Brandon Buerkle and on the bike, Mike Bly. (MSU photo by Kelly Gorham)