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High School Students Compete in Solar-Powered Bike Race

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Golden, Colo., April 23, 1998 — Photo opportunity: Media are invited to cover the workshop and solar-powered bicycle race designed to give students hands-on learning experiences with renewable energy technologies.

What: The Colorado Solar BikeRayce is a competition for high school students to race solar-powered bikes that they design and build. The event will prepare the teams for the national Solar BikeRayce USA competition in Topeka, Kan. on May 30 - 31, 1998. Teams from area high schools will compete in a condensed version of the national 100-mile race and then participate in a workshop to discuss their design and race strategies.

A solar-powered bicycle is a pedal-powered bicycle that uses an electric motor, batteries and solar panels for added power. Solar bikes derive about half of their energy from the rider and half from the solar electric system. The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) sponsors the competition.

Who: High school students from Bollman Occupational Center (Thornton) and Pomona High School (Arvada) will participate.

When: Saturday, April 25, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Where: Colorado State Patrol Track on South Table Mountain, Golden


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