The annual World Human Powered Speed Challenge (WHPSC) is held in early September every year on the tabletop flats of SR305, south of Battle Mountain, Nevada.

The world's fastest humans from around the world, including Australia, Canada, England, France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia, and Scotland will attempt to break current land speed records-on a bike. Highway SR305 just south of town possesses the unique traits necessary for these highly engineered bicycles to achieve top speeds.

The high altitude and arrow- straight section of payment has drawn athletes to Lander County since 2000.

Click below to see a history and world records set at previous WHPSC:

Fun Facts About the WHPSC

  • The WHPSC welcomes racers from over 14 different countries and is broadcast to millions of viewers worldwide
  • The 4,619 ft (1408 m) altitude road allows riders an acceleration zone of over 4 miles, enabling bikes to reach their maximum velocity before being timed over a 200-meter distance.
  • To understand these bikes, forget the one in your garage. For the most part, these cycles are reclining recumbents, with the pedals and gears way out front.
  • Riders are wedged into fiberglass or other composite shells that are only as wide as their shoulders. To keep the speed bike as aerodynamic and as low as possible, a few designs eliminate windshields.
  • Riders steer by looking at a TV monitor about the size of a recipe card.
  • Handlebars are just that: wide enough for two hands, with compact controls for gears and brakes.
  • Riders are sealed into the aerodynamic wedges with tape. Faring's cover the rider and all but one or two inches of bike tire, usually there is only one small opening for a breathing tube and a cigar sized opening for the camera lens.

Event Information For Spectators

The 2022 WHPSC will be held between September 9th-16th, 2023, with racing beginning the morning of September 10, 2023

There is no cost to enjoy this free event as a spectator and all are welcome each morning for qualifying runs. The commuter bus leaves the Battle Mountain Civic Center parking area each day at 4:15 PM for evening racing and returns around 8:00 PM.

Bleachers are located at the timing traps for maximum speed thrills, or those curious about the riders and vehicles can wait in the "catch" area to see the racers assisted from their speed bikes.

As part of the weeklong event there is a Show & Shine Event at the Battle Mountain Civic Center date and time TBD. Students, teachers, and members of the public are invited to this meet and greet with some of the participants and their bikes. Additionally, drag races are held on Friday at noon by the High School parking lot. We invite members of the public to test their mettle on their own bicycle against some of the world's fastest humans.

Request Additional Information

If you'd like to participate in the 2023 World Human Powered Speed Challenge, please fill out the form below, or contact Paula Tomera at or 775-635-1112 or