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6/13/2015 to 6/14/2015     31st annual Michigan HPV Rally Update
Location: Waterford Hills sports car racing track, Clarkston

The 31st annual event conducted by the Michigan Human Powered Vehicle Assocation takes place on the 1.4 mile Waterford Hills track, which has nine turns and one hill.  HPRA rules apply.   Riders of all types of bicycles/tricycles welcome. 

LOCATION: Oakland County Sportsmen's Club, 4770 Waterford Road, Clarkston, MI 48346.

ENTRY FEES:  Register in advance and save money by going to One day only, $30; both days, $40 (includes $10 MHPVA membership). "Day of race" registration is an additional $10. Additional vehicles raced by the same rider cost $10, whether for one or both days. 

For teams, defined as any group in which multiple riders may compete in the same vehicle over the course of the rally, every unique combination of rider and vehicle must register separately in order to participate in any event.  Every such combination will be charged $15 for the weekend and have its own unique number, consisting of the vehicle number (appropriate to the competition class) and a letter suffix.  Registrations must be complete and paid for by Saturday  morning for all participating combinations, to prevent a rider deciding just before the start of a race to participate.  It will be the team’s responsibility to prominently display the correct number on the vehicle for every event. 

For example, the same vehicle will display the number 305-A when raced by Joe Smith, then 305-B when raced by Celia Jones, even if it is in the same event (such as the sprints).   Then observers don’t have to record names at the starting grid.  All such numbers must be traceable to a registration sheet that has the proper rider name on it.  At the discretion of the treasurer or race director, additional team registrations may be accepted on Sunday morning for that day's events.  

Test ride pass, $10, which includes MHPVA membership. Spectators free. Even if you don't want to compete, come and see some unusual and some very fast bicycles and tricycles. Prize money will be awarded to top finishers in each class.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (subject to change):

Saturday, June 13
Registration and technical inspection starts at 8 a.m.
One-hour time trial (streamliner, streetliner classes) - 9:30-10:30 a.m
One-hour time trial (stock, junior, women, tandem) - 11 a.m.-noon
Hill climb/coast down (all classes) - 1:30-2:30 p.m.
LeMans start road races (or other event, depending on consensus of competitors)  - 3 p.m.

Urban transportation contest - in afternoon.  

6 p.m. (approximate) – Eat at local restaurants.
8 p.m. – Meeting to discuss future of Michigan HPV Association and Michigan HPV Rally.
200-foot sprints, flying start (all classes) - 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Tricycle race - 10 a.m.
Road race 1 (faster vehicles, 20 laps, 12 miles, no hill) - 10:30 a.m.
Road race 2 (slower Vehicles, 15 laps, 9 miles, no hill) - 11 a.m.
Awards ceremony by 1 p.m. (hopefully).

PLACES TO STAY:  Free camping available at the track overnight Friday and Saturday. Shower available.  For a list of nearby hotels, motels and campgrounds, go to

TO GET TO THE RALLY:  From I-75, get off at exit 91. Take M-15 south to Dixie Hwy. (US-24). Turn left, continuing south about 1 mile and turn left onto Waterford Road, then proceed to track.
If coming from the west, take U.S. 23 north (or south) to M-59 (Highland Road). Go east on M-59 to Airport Road, then left (north) to US-24. Turn left, then immediately right onto Waterford Road. Go about a half-mile to track.

For additional information, contact: Mike Mowett, 586-863-3902 or, or Mike Eliasohn, 269-982-4058 or

6/20/2015     Indianapolis - Tour de Cure Charity Ride Update
Location: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Fun event open to recumbents and regular bicycles at the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Riders do laps around the 2.5 mile speedway riding as far as they want.  New this past year was a 25-mile time trial and 100-mile Race event professionally timed.  More than 1000 riders take part in the main event raising money to fund diabetes research.  A minimum of $200 fund-raising or personal donation is required to register in the event.  The speedway is a fast, wide and flat surface.  The sund can be hot as there is little to no shade at the speedway.  There can be packs of riders crowding the speedway, but overally you have an opportunity to set a personal best.  Some ride routes can take you off the speedway into the surrounding area, then back to the speedway. 

7/25/2015 to 7/26/2015     Northbrook Races (two day event) Update
Location: Northbrook Velodrome

TWO DAY event this year as the Kenosha Velodrome gets repaved! Both days at Northbrook (382 meter outdoor concrete velodrome) 1479 Maple Lane, Northbrook, Illinois 60062.  Event lodging: Red Roof Inn 340 South Waukegan Rd, Deerfield, IL 855-352-7611.  HPRA Racing rules apply.  This is one of the best attended and most fun racing events on our calendar!

Contact Sean Costin for more details.

Saturday July 25 - 9 am till 4 pm [assummed schedule]
Flying Start 200-meter Sprints (all classes)
50-Lap Races: Stock, Women's, Tandem, etc
100-Lap Races: Streamliner, SuperStreet (Velos), etc.
Junior Lap Races:  distance to be determined

Sunday July 26   8 am till noon [assummed schedule]
Standing Start Kilometer TT (all classes)
Lap Race 1 Stock, Women's, Tandem, etc
Lap Race 2 Streamliner, SuperStreet (Velos), etc.
Junior Lap Race: distance to be determined

7/26/2015     Black Bear 100 mile Century Update
Location: Grayling, Michigan to Oscoda Michigan

 A premier 100-mile race/tour held in northern Michigan.  Recumbents have shown up in large numbers (up to 16 entires one year) at this event, along with over 250 uprights/tandems.  Racers get professional chip timing.  The course is one-way with the option of a shuttle bus return to the start.  It's one of the fastest and most fun centuries you can ride.  The course usually has a slight tailwind, and is overall downhill following the AuSable river valley.  There are three large hills with about a 100 feet of climbing at about 30 miles, 70 miles (HeartBreak Hill), & 80 miles (Block and Tackle hill), so gear accordingly.  Downhill speeds can easily exceed 40 mph.  Racers start in groups of ten riders, every minute starting at 8 am Sunday morning.  Note: in the past there was a mass-start Leman's style send-off, but the organizers changed that in recent years.  Best times (old course record) are Dave Johnson at 3 hours 38 minutes in a streamliner.  Dave's won the event overall 4 times.  Chris Evans set a new course record in his Carbon Quest velomobile in 2013 or 2014?  A sub-four hour century is possible on this course. Drafting is allowed.  

Roads have light traffic.  There are usually no stops along the course, as all the intersections are manned with people with flags.  It is a well staffed event with sag support in case of "emergencies".  There are rest stops and water stations.  Expect some traffic on the roads from the canoe (see below) and bicycle support vehicles.

Note: The event is held in conjunction with North America's largest canoe race, the AuSable River marathon - a 122 mile, 15-hour grueling race.  One goal of the event is to see who can make it to Oscoda first, the bicyclists leaving 8 am Sunday morning or the Canoeists who leave 11 hours earlier on Saturday night.  There is a festival-like atmosphere in both towns.  The bicyclists usually gather for dinner at 6 pm Big Boys in Grayling on Saturday night, then walk over to pick up their race registration packet and chip timing at the bicycle store HQ, then watch the start of the canoe race which begins with racers carrying their canoes up to three city blocks through downtown before tossing them in the water to start the race.  Crowds can be about 5,000 people for the canoe race.

9/14/2015 to 9/19/2015     World Human Powered Speed Challenge (WHPSC) Update
Location: Battle Mountain, Nevada, USA

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 held there. 
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