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EVENTS
(Warning! This page has events from 2000-2001.)

Solar Bike Rayce
Solar Express
WSCC
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Solar Express

Formula Sun Solar Express
A solar bike road 'rayce' that combines solar power, human power, and ingenuity.
The Solar Express is a 600 km 'rayce' from Topeka, Kansas to Jefferson City, MO.
Solar Express is Generally Scheduled in May.

The Solar BikeRayce USA event will be will be used as a qualifier for entries into Solar Express. At least one team will be selected and sponsored to participate in an international solar bike event.
Solar Bike Rayce
Solar BikeRayce USA
An annual international closed-course solar bike rayce held in the heartland of America. The Solar BikeRayce USA is a unique competition that challenges those interested in solar energy to use technology and muscle power to peak performance. Scheduled to be held at Heartland Park Raceway - Topeka, Kansas. The event features a sprint (400 meter acceleration contest) and a 100 km marathon race. The SBR track competition will be the qualifying event for the Solar Express. Also held in May.

The objectives of Solar BikeRayce USA and Solar Express are to stimulate interest in science and technology; promote energy efficiency and the use of renewable sources of energy; and raise awareness of alternatives that make fewer demands on the environment.

Start/Finish LineWSBR Logo Straight Shot

The World Solar Bicycle Race
This yearly event held in late July at the Ogata-mura Solar Sports Line in Akita Prefecture. The course is 31.256 km long and is sanctioned as a qualified course by International Solarcar Federation (ISF).

Competition Rules
1. Speed Contest:Average speed contest for a specific length on the course prerunning: 300 m, race zone: 200 m. The average speed in the race zone (200 m)will determine the winner. The fastest riders will be the First, Second and Third-place winners.

2. Marathon: Timed race of 3 laps on the course 31.256 km/lap.
The fastest riders will be the First, Second and Third-place winners.

Power Sources
Competitors are allowed only two power sources for vehicle propulsion: solar radiation and instant human energy. All competitors utilize a maximum 1.2-m2 solar array to generate the electrical assistance. Every competitor may start with fully charged batteries. The maximum size of the solar cycle in motion is 3m long by 1.2m wide by 1.6m high. The minimum height is 1m.

Coordinates Race Course & Prefecture Map

World Solar Challenge Logo

The World Solar Cycle Challenge
WSCC - Solar Odyssey - Traditionally running along a course from Alice Springs, in Australia's Northern Territory and finishing in the balmy springtime of Adelaide SA just 1434 km to the south. It's one of the world's great adventures, crossing the red centre of the vast island continent on the power of sunlight and pedaling. Held in October or November, the World Solar Cycle Challenge spearheads development of environmentally sustainable transport, while providing a unique educational opportunity for the global community. The international, biennial race for solar-assisted human powered vehicles attracts a diverse range of entries. At the 1999 event, approximately 200 participants representing Australia, Japan, the USA and Europe competed with vehicles that ranged from standard bicycles with an attached solar panel to the latest in streamlined energy-­efficient designs.

The 2001 Event Schedule was
Saturday 11/17 Registration and Scrutineering at Alice Springs

Monday 11/19 DAY 1 Alice Springs to Erldunda 199 km
Tuesday 11/20 DAY 2 Erldunda to Marla 252 km
Wednesday 11/21 DAY 3 Marla to Coober Pedy 233 km
Thursday 11/22 DAY 4 Coober Pedy to Glendambo 253 km
Friday 11/23 DAY 5 Glendambo to Quorn 207 km
Saturday 11/24 DAY 6 Quorn to Gawler 286 km
Sunday 11/25 DAY 7 Gawler to Adelaide 42 km
    TOTAL DISTANCE 1476 km

Power Sources
Competitors are allowed only two power sources for vehicle propulsion: solar radiation and instant human energy. All competitors utilize a maximum 1.6-m2 solar array to generate the electrical assistance. Every competitor may start each of the seven race days with fully charged batteries. The maximum size of the solar cycle in motion is 3.5m long by 1.6m wide by 1.6m high. The minimum height is 1m.

The Race
The race, which runs in conjunction with the World Solar Car Challenge, pushes competitors to the limit as they tackle the Stuart Highway in the heart of the Australian continent.

The event is a staged race with a set finish location every day. Entrants raced between the hours of 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM over seven days. The winner in each class is the vehicle with the shortest accumulated time.


WSCC Course

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