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Cycle News Issue 32 August 15, 2017

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TOP OF THE WORLD LAND SPEED TRIAL T he Top 1 Oil Top of the World Land Speed Trial, the first- ever world land-speed event to be held in South America, con- cluded on Tuesday, August 8, and while the Top 1 Ack Attack streamliner ran out of time in the quest to reach 400 mph, there were several other world re- cords (pending FIM ratification) set at the landmark event. The spirit of adventure was the prevailing theme as doz- ens of racers, team members, sponsors and media made the trek south of the equator to the world's largest salt flat in Uyuni, Bolivia. Located on the Altiplano ("high plain") east of the An- des, the Salar de Uyuni sits at a staggering altitude of 12,000 feet, which provided a number of challenges to the race teams in their efforts. Though the track itself was 15 miles of platinum perfection, the cold weather, limited daylight, altitude sick- ness and overall remoteness of the location triggered plenty of complications. Yet in the end, dramatic events, volunteer ef- forts, and unexpected problems followed by even less expected solutions turned the week into a remarkable story of persever- ance. IN THE WIND P32 The Top 1 Ack Attack (here getting a push start) did not reach its goal of 400 mph, but several other world records were set at the Top of the World Land Speed Trial in Uyuni, Bolivia.

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