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7/27/2014     Black Bear 100 mile Century Race / Tour Update
Location: Grayling, Michigan to Oscoda, Michigan
Description:

Registration and more info http://www.blackbearbicycletour.com/ 

Electronically timed 100 mile "race" / tour.  A very fast and fun Century.  Major hills at about 17 miles, 30 miles, 70 miles and 80 miles into the course, with some rollers in-between.  Overall the course is downhill, one-way with usually a tailwind, as it goes from West to east following the Au Sable River Valley.  Route map (note this may change slightly from year to year)  http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/fullscreen/60983380/



There are about 250 riders on this event, starting in waves of ten riders each every one minute.  There are no stops along the course, as most of the intersections are staffed with volunteers.  Register early (before June 22) for a discount.  Plan on taking a shuttle bus, or hitching a ride back to the starting point, if you are riding solo.  There is a festive atmosphere between these two towns, as North America's largest canoe paddle race is also taking place this same weekend.  Canoeists from around the world paddle over 122 miles down the Au Sable river starting 9 pm Saturday night with the goal of beating the cyclists to Oscoda the following morning.  The cyclists start leaving at 8 am. 

Typical winning times for packs of uprights have been around 4 hours, or sub-four hours some years.  Many recumbents have competed in the past in this event.  Four times the event was won by Dave Johnson in his streamlined recumbent bicycle, the Great White.  This past year Chris Evans won the event (Dave was 2nd in 3:43) in his streamlined Quest Velomobile with a new course record of 3 hours 36 minutes.
 
According to organizers, "Anyone bitten by a BlackBear will receive a full-refund" 

2011 results: http://results.active.com/events/black-bear-bicycle-tour--5/overall
2012 results: http://www.runmichigan.com/r_view.php?id=16362
2013 results: http://www.runmichigan.com/results/full.php/2013/07/28/2013-avita-water-black-bear-bicycle-tour.html 
 

 
8/8/2014 to 8/10/2014     Midwest Recumbent Rally Update
Location: Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Description:

Annual Hostel Shoppe Midwest Recumbent Rally.

Exhibitors, Presentations and Rides. All your recumbent riding buddies will be there.

http://www.hostelshoppe.com/recumbent_rally.php

 
8/16/2014 to 8/17/2014     Manchester Medley HPRA Race Weekend Update
Location: North Manchester, Indiana, USA
Description:

 Join us for the 10th annual Northern Indiana HPRA race weekend. Races on both days will be held on a wide .35-mile 2-lane paved drive around the local high school. Smooth pavement and fairly wide corners make this a good course for all HPRA classes (although challenging for streamliners). Schedule will be posted soon.

HPRA classes and rules apply (see http://www.recumbents.com/hpra/, helmets & mirrors mandatory). Regular entry fee is $10/day or $15 for both days; special fee for first-time HPRA racers is $1/day! Prize money given for first/second/third place winners in each class (Stock, Superstock, Superstreet, Streamliner, Junior, Women, Trike, and Tandem).

 
9/8/2014 to 9/13/2014     World Human Powered Speed Challenge (WHPSC) Update
Location: Battle Mountain, Nevada, USA
Description:

The premier speed-bike event in the world, on the fastest 5.5 mile stretch of road in the world.  This will be the 15th year of the WHPSC.  Organizers: Al and Alice Krause.  Host: International Human Powered Vehicle Association (IHPVA).  All the world 200-meter flying start records have been set at this event, including a new world record of 83.13 mph in 2013 by Team Delft.  Event lodging available at the Battle Mountain Super 8 motel, and other motels in town.  Event headquarters has been the Battle Mountain Civic Center with daily meetings and announcements of results here there. 

more info:
http://www.wisil.recumbents.com/wisil/whpsc2014/speedchallenge.htm

 
9/9/2014     Michigan Recumbent Rally West Update
Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Description:

Join us for test rides and information on recumbent bikes (and trikes.) This event is free and open to the public, drop in any time. Held at Western Michigan University: Parkview Campus – Kalamazoo. Enthusiasts are welcome, along with anyone who is curious about these vehicles. Hard to find in bike shops, this event will feature a variety of recumbent pedal-powered machines, most available for test rides on the low-traffic campus road network. If you are a recumbent owner in the area, please come on by to share your experiences. In case of rain, we will use the nearby parking structure. Contact Paul Pancella at (269)373-5413 or Paul.Pancella@WMich.edu for more information. For more information visit www.wolverbents.org.

 
9/20/2014 to 9/21/2014     Hawkeye Downs HPRA Races Update
Location: Hawkeye Downs Raceway, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Description:

Two days of HPRA Racing on a big Half-Mile oval, the largest track on the HPRA circuit. Great venue for streamliners, and all human powered bikes.
Hosted by Dennis Grelk. More details here: http://midwesthpv.blogspot.com/
Hawkeye Downs Speedway, 4400 6th Street SW,Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404

Schedule of events:

Saturday, September 20th, 2014
8:00 am - Track opens
8:00-12:00 HPRA race registration
12:30 pm - Trike/velomobile races, Inner horseshoe
1:30 pm - All faired classes 25 Lap race, 1/2 mile oval.
2:30 pm - All unfaired classes 1 hour race, 1/2 mile oval.
4:00 pm - All classes 1 lap flying TT, 1/2 mile oval

We usually go out to Perkin's resturaunt Saturday night to talk and eat after the races.

Sunday, September 21st, 2014
7:30 am - track opens/registration for stragglers
8:00 am - All faired classes 1 hour race, 1/2 mile oval
9:30 am - All unfaired classes, Outer horseshoe lap race
10:30 am - All classes 3/4 mile standing start drag race, 1/4 mile oval, 1/2mile oval.
12:00 pm - Awards/all events finished by 12:00

Event Fees/Awards
$20 per day or $35 for the weekend
Cash prizes.

Rules
HPRA rules apply see link here: http://www.recumbents.com/hpra/rulesand.htm
Uprights are welcome, aerobars and wheel discs are perfectly legal, but remember you will need two mirrors(safety, etc).
Spectating is free and encouraged.
Test rides may be available.

 
9/27/2014     Fall Recumbent Rendezvous Update
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Description:

Sponsored by the Wolver-Bent Recumbent Cyclists and held at Midwest Bike & Tandem, 1691 Plymouth Road in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The event starts with a group ride at 9am (Ann Arbor is a League of American Bicyclists Bike-Friendly Community) followed by recumbent displays, information tables, and used recumbents for sale from 11am to 2pm. There will also be a “buying your first recumbent” talk at 11am. For a map to the event visit http://goo.gl/maps/rOFCz. For more information visit www.wolverbents.org.

 
10/10/2014 to 10/12/2014     2014 Recumbent Cycle-Con Update
Location: DuPage Expo Center in St. Charles, IL.
Description:
The Third Annual Recumbent Cycle-Con will be held October 10 - 12, at the DuPage Expo Center in St. Charles, IL. Recumbent Cycle-Con is a celebration featuring the newest in recumbent bikes, trikes, gear, and accessories. This show will be filled with informative educational seminars, product demonstrations, contests for attendees. Technicians, engineers and designers from the all the major recumbent bike, trike, component, and accessory manufacturers will provide helpful, hands-on seminars, demonstrations and training sessions that will be beneficial to bike shop mechanics and recumbent DIY enthusiasts alike.
 
 

 

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