Campus: CSU, Chico -- May 1, 2000

Engineering Students Host 2000 Human-Powered-Vehicle Competition

More than 20 colleges from across the nation are traveling to California State University, Chico May 5-7 to race high-speed vehicles they've engineered for the 2000 Human-Powered-Vehicle Competition.

The CSU, Chico student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers is hosting the national collegiate engineering design contest where student engineers design and manufacture the vehicles needed to compete in various cycling events.

The teams compete after their year-long effort to "build the better bicycle." Vehicles compete in three categories: single rider, tandem and utility vehicles. The teams are judged by their success in vehicle design, top speed and endurance.

On Friday, May 5, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., a static display of the vehicles will be in front of the O'Connell Technology Center (Shurmer Gym in case of rain).

On Saturday, May 6, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., the sprint competition will be held, and from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., the utility vehicle competitions will be held. Both events take place at the Chico Municipal Airport.

On Sunday, May 7, starting at 8:30 a.m., the road race, including single rider and tandem vehicles, will be held at the Chico Municipal Airport.

CSU, Chico mechanical engineering students have a rich history in these competitions, holding the collegiate speed record of 57.7 mph for many years, until recently topped by the UC Berkeley.

Since the races began in 1983, CSU, Chico has placed in the top ten in the single rider category, including 1st Place Overall in 1998, 2nd Place Overall in 1997, 1st Place in Road Race in 1996 and 3rd Place Overall in 1995.

In the double rider category, CSU, Chico has placed in the top ten since 1994, including 3rd Place Overall in 1998, 2nd Place Overall 1997, 1st Place in Road Race in 1996 and 1st Place Overall in 1995.

CSU, Chico will compete against schools including the University of Colorado at Denver, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University of the Pacific, Brigham Young University, University of Central Florida, UCLA, UC Davis, United States Air Force Academy and California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. Competition is open to any post-secondary school.

For more information, please contact Craig Lux, ASME student treasurer/ public relations officer, at (530) 899-0719.

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