Dutch student team sets world land-speed record

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It was enough to make this Dutchman dance, as the Netherlands' Human Power Team Delft set the new world land-speed record.

Sebastiaan Bowier powered his high-tech and aerodynamic racing machine more than 83 miles per hour, clenching the 13 year title of 'fastest cyclist on the planet' by just a fraction.

With results so close, Nevada officials with the International Human Powered Vehicle Association delayed the announcement to confirm the speed met their strict rules.

SOUNDBITE 1 Woulter Lion (man), Team Delft Manager (English, 8 sec):

"The equipment inside says 135 [km/h] (83 mph) so we're now waiting for the officials to announce the official speed."

The annual gathering takes place on what organizers call the flattest and most forgiving surface in the world--should the inevitable crash occur.

Glowworm, the racing bike built for two--wound up, well, split in two, while trying for the world's fastest tandem bike record.

And one very determined Russian competitor refused to allow this devastating round of wrecks to keep him form a much applauded finish at week's end.

UPSOUND CHEERS

After his world record was confirmed rider Sebastiaan Bowier shared his secrete to success.

SOUNDBITE 2 Sebastien Bowier (man), Human Land Speed Record winner (English, 21 sec):

"You've got the bike. It's got to be aerodynamic, smooth, low rolling resistance, it has to be quick as hell. And then you've got the rider, that's got to be in top condition, [have] a lot of power and has to be able to control this bike."

The team's project manager says the biggest aerodynamic advance came from a discovery made on the racecourse:

SOUNDBITE 1 Woulter Lion (man), Team Delft Manager (English, 19 sec):

"Our strongest rider has really big shoulders. And when he pushes really hard it pushes the bicycle outward, which changed the aerodynamic shape of the bike by a tiny bit, but we're talking really small differences here, this is like one-one-and-a-half miles an hour, and that made a really big difference."

Small improvements, all which add up to a single word:

UPSOT Sebastien Bowier (man), Human Land Speed Record winner:

Amazing! Of course, because it's the world record.

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SHOTLIST:

BATTLE MOUNTAIN, NEVADA, SEPTEMBER 14, 2013, SOURCE: AFPTV

-Various of Dutch students celebrating at raceway

-Various Netherlands' Team Delft preparing recumbent racing bike

-Wide of bike in outer-shell aerodynamic casing coming in and being caught by officials

-Close record setting rider getting let out of bike's casing

UPSOUND- Racer Breathing

-Various officials and rule books

-SOUNDBITE 1--BATTLE MOUNTAIN, NEVADA, SEPTEMBER 15, 2013, SOURCE: AFPTV

BATTLE MOUNTAIN, NEVADA, SEPTEMBER 13 - 15, 2013, SOURCE: AFPTV

-Various Bikes Racing down International Human Powered Association speedway

BATTLE MOUNTAIN, NEVADA, SEPTEMBER 13, 2013, SOURCE: AFPTV

-Close Obree's bike Beastie coming through finish

-UPSOUND: Famed cyclist Obree asking: 'Was it fast?'

BATTLE MOUNTAIN, NEVADA, SEPTEMBER 12, 2013, SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO--PLEASE COURTESY

-Wide of glowworm bike crash

BATTLE MOUNTAIN, NEVADA, SEPTEMBER 12, 2013, SOURCE: AFPTV

-Various of russian Sergey Dashevsky crashing

BATTLE MOUNTAIN, NEVADA, SEPTEMBER 14, 2013, SOURCE: AFPTV

-Close of Dashevsky at end of race with cheers

BATTLE MOUNTAIN, NEVADA, SEPTEMBER 15, 2013, SOURCE: AFPTV

-Close Sebastiaan Bowier lifted in air by cheering teammates as record officially announced

-SOUNDBITE 2

BATTLE MOUNTAIN, NEVADA, SEPTEMBER 13, 2013, SOURCE: AFPTV

-Close of Dutch students taping bike shut

BATTLE MOUNTAIN, NEVADA, SEPTEMBER 15, 2013, SOURCE: AFPTV

-SOUNDBITE 3

BATTLE MOUNTAIN, NEVADA, SEPTEMBER 14, 2013, SOURCE: AFPTV

-Various Team Delft woking on bike