Athena was constructed in 2008. She
has achieved speeds of over 50 mph!!!
The team took 4th place overall along
first in the male sprints and fourth in the
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name “Princess was chosen for two reasons:
color turned out to
heavily favor pink, and
2) “if we won, the other teams would have to
they were beaten by a bike named ‘Princess’.
If we lost, the other teams would have to say they beat a
Fresno 2005--The Cal Poly HPV team won the 2005 ASME competition –
second year in a
row! The event was held in Fresno this time, and the team was in the
top four in design with its’ innovative fairing. You could ride with
just the front fairing, or with a front and tail, or with all the
pieces (front, center, tail). We actually had two tails: a long one
for sprints, and a short one for the road race.
An air-powered retractable landing gear was developed, but ASME
officials were worried about charging the frame (which was used as a
pressure vessel) with a bike pump to 100 psi. Before the race, it was
engineered and a sample piece was tested to 250 psi with no problems.
[ASME is in charge of world setting standards of pressure vessels and
tanks worldwide.] The officials asked us not to use the system and
remove the inlet valve, which was good because we couldn’t get it
working! But they gave us top points in innovation and design!
We were first in the men’s and women’s sprints, as usual, although the
team from Rolla, Missouri was very close, within three-hundredths of a
second. We thought the road race would be close between Cal Poly and
Missouri, but we had mechanical problems at the beginning of the race
and never fully recovered. Instead it became a race between Cal Poly
and Chico, who had a fast low racer trike and some really fast riders.
In the end Chico won the road race by about 30 seconds, mostly due to a
crash we had in the last few laps. Even though we lost the road race,
we had enough points to win the overall event!
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