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Be part of Project Nevada 2016

Plymouth University will attempt to set land speed records at the World Human Powered Speed Challenge (WHPSC) in Nevada this September. The 'Project Nevada' team are offering businesses the opportunity to join them in their quest through sponsorship.

Plymouth University are embarking on a new quest of speed and human endurance as they attempt to set land speed records at the World Human Powered Speed Challenge (WHPSC) on a remote road in Battle Mountain Nevada, September 2016. 

The 'Project Nevada' record attempt will use a state of the art handcycle, specifically designed for the challenge by Plymouth University engineering students. Handcycling, and paralympic sports in general, have enjoyed a significant increase in public attention since the London 2012 Olympics. This, along with the two world-class athletes that have joined the project, create an exciting profile-raising opportunity for local business to become a part of. 

Sarah Piercy is a former winner of the London Marathon which she has competed in ten times since 2000! Sarah was born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, a condition which can lead to a contracting of the joints. Chris Jones is an ex-serviceman injured whilst on active service and a former Plymouth University student. Since receiving support from Help for Heroes Chris has competed in the 2016 Invictus Games and the Help for Heroes Big Battlefield Bike Ride. 

Both Sara and Chris will tackle the 200 metre course aiming to set new Women's and Men's record times. The team are hoping to raise £20,000 to support the challenge, and are seeking sponsors who might be able to supply goods, services or funds to assist with their training, cycle improvements and with the world-record preparations. 

Benefits of sponsorship:
  • Your logo on the handcycle (available advertising space will be proportional to the value of support given)
  • Your support publicised through the media coverage generated (TV, radio, press and on-line)
  • Unlimited rights to all the images that are generated (photos, computer images etc) for use in your own publicity 
  • Involvement in a truly exciting challenge, both sporting and technical, drawing on the skills and enthusiasm of Plymouth University staff and students 

Individuals interested in supporting the team can also get involved through the Project Nevada Crowdfunding campaign at:

If you are interested in getting involved with the project, or have any further ideas as to how your business could work with Project Nevada, please contact Adam Kyte, Lecturer in Mechanical and Marine Engineering Design on: 01752 586116 or 07971 842878 or email:

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