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5/3/2014     Calvin's 12 Hour Challenge Update
Location: Springfield, Ohio

Calvins 12 Hour Challenge:

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We hope that you are making plans for the upcoming cycling season and that Calvin's Challenge on May 3rd, 2014 is part of your plans. Last year we experienced the largest field in the 21 years of Calvin's Challenge. We are humbled by the outpouring of support for the race.

5/10/2014     Michigan Recumbent Rally East Update
Location: Metro Detroit area

Sponsored by the Wolver-Bent Recumbent Cyclists and held at Jacks Bicycle & Fitness, 24308 Michigan Avenue (map link at, Dearborn, MI (Metro Detroit area), 10am-2pm. Recumbent test rides, displays, "buying your first recumbent" talk at 11am and 1pm, used recumbents for sale, ride maps for the nearby Lower Rouge non-motorized path. A special emphasis will be on recumbent trikes (some being very-high performance) of which Jacks is one of the largest recumbent trike dealers in the nation. For more information visit

5/17/2014 to 5/18/2014     Michigan Human Powered Vehicle Rally Update
Location: Waterford Hills Sportsmen Club, Clarkston, Michigan

30th Annual event.  This is now likely the oldest continuously held human powered vehicle event in the world. 

Concession stand with hot food is at track for lunch on Saturday and possibly Sunday morning breakfast/lunch. Camping is allowed at the Waterford track. Track is open for test-riding and practice when events aren't happening. Showers onsite. Waterford is a 1.4 mile multiple turn course with one hill about 30 feet tall. more info: or contact

ADDRESS:  4770 Waterford Rd, Clarkston, MI 48346  (Take I-75 to Sashabaw Road exit.  South to Pelton Road, turn right, head to Waterford Road (dirt), then turn left.  Track entrance is on your left)

Saturday One Hour Full 1.4 mile Lap :

Saturday Hill Climb / Coast down course:

Saturday Kilometer standing start TT:

Sunday 200 foot Sprint course start ontop hill:

Sunday Trike Race 1/3 mile using infield and:

Sunday Road Race course (all flat):


SATURDAY  (9 am till 2 pm) 

  • One Hour time trial,
  • Hill Climb/Coast Down event,
  • Kilometer time trial
  • Special plans for a 30th anniversary celebration dinner possible streak fry at the track 6 pm


SUNDAY (8 am till noon)

  • Flying Start Speed Trials,
  • Short course Road races,
  • Trike Race
  • Awards by 1 pm on Sunday

5/17/2014 to 5/17/2014     ANNUAL HPV FUN DAY AT HELLYER VELODROME Update
Location: San Jose, CA

Annual Hellyer Park Velodrome HPV Fun Day.    For recumbents, trikes and some uprights.

Starts about 1; ends at 5 or so.   Check website at

Contact Carole Leone at

5/25/2014 to 5/26/2014     Human Power Challenge - Portland Oregon Update
Location: Portland International Raceway (PIR)

Annual Pacific Northwest event held on Memorial Day weekend at the PIR track

Variety of events:  200 meters flying start, One Hour races, Road Races

Various classes:  Stock bikes, streamlined bikes, etc.  All types welcome

From above site....The Human Power Challenge is happily more than just a racing bonanza. It has culminated into being one of the most festive social gathering points for the recumbent and HPV clan. We do like to spend a lot of time chatting it up while gazing at the variety of vehicles present while telling of tales of outrageous hyperbole.

That being said, folks bring (and are encouraged to do so!), all types and varieties of HPV steeds, be they professionally manufactured or as a "uniquely inspired" creation. Some of the concoctions dreamed up by those pioneers are simply awe inspiring. We can only say WOW and bring it on!

Online registration ends May 18th, Please register on race day at the track after the 18th of May

6/8/2014     Michigan International Speedway - Bicycle Time Trial Update
Location: Michigan International Speedway (MIS), 2 mile oval, Brooklyn, Michigan

Streamliners and stock recumbents welcome.   Probably over 100 upright cyclists will be part of the event.  Distance not announced yet - possibly 10-miles. An opportunity to time trial on world-famous high-speed track.  Part of the Colavita-Zipp time trial series which has TT's in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky Motor Speedway (and now Michigan).  Electronic timing, door prizes and other great amenities including a start ramp, electronic monitors with real-time results make this a premier racing event.  The current fastest ten mile recorded TT for a streamlined bicycle is 11 minutes, 11 seconds, at average speed of 53.6 mph by Damjan Zabovnik for 2 laps of the Ford test track in July 2009.  The fastest upright non-faired times are 17:57 by Michael Hutchinson, 17:58 by Bradley Wiggins.

More information:

Cost is $35 for first ride (to cover speedway rental costs, otherwise less), and discounted price for second ride (currently registration for a second ride is only available on race-day.   More than two TTs are allowed in the same day, with different vehicles, the same vehicle, or in different classes.

Michigan International Speedway (MIS) is a two-mile D-shaped banked oval used for NASCAR races.  It is termed a superspeedway.  It was repaved recently.  This was the site of the 1989 International Human Powered Speed Championships (IHPSC) hosted by the Michigan Human Powered Vehicle Association.  At that event, Fast Freddy Markham set a new single-rider One Hour World Record of 45.36 miles in the Gold Rush.  Several of the top ten One-Hour distances of all time were set at this same event on the big track.  Speedway Address: 12626 US Highway 12, Brooklyn, MI 49230  Speedway Info

6/10/2014 to 6/20/2014     RAAM - Race Across AMerica Update
Location: Oceanside, California to Atlantic City, New Jersey

Perhaps the hardest sporting event in the world!  Cyclists will attempt to cross the United States 3000 miles in as short of a time as possible.  This year Jacquie Schlitter and Seana Hogan have announced their intentions to race in the Women's Solo category.  Bent cyclists can follow the race updates here:  Solo riders start Tuesday June 10.  Teams start Saturday June 14, 2014.  Cheer on your favorite racers by coming out to support them along the route.

6/21/2014 to 6/22/2014     Berrien County Trike Rally - HPRA Update
Location: Buchanan, Michigan
Fun racing on Saturday -- Beautiful Country ride on Sunday

On Saturday we race (trikes only) on a go-cart track.
On Sunday we ride through the beautiful wine-country of Berrien County.
 We will join in a great local ride, the BCCS Bike Ride.
7/13/2014     Kentucky Motor Speedway - Bicycle time trial Update
Location: Kentucky Motor Speedway 1.5 mile oval, Sparta KY

10 mile time trial for recumbents, streamliners and uprights welcome.  Second year in a row that the Colavita-Zipp time trial series will be having an event on this high-speed autoracing track.  7 laps of the inside 1.43 mile edge = 10 miles.  Electronically timed. Last year Thom Ollinger won the time trial with the Coslinger streamliner covering 10 miles in 19:41 in pouring rain.  This year, with a July date, hopefully the weather is much better than May 5 of last year.    See registration details under the MIS Event above June 8.  Route, starts on infield pitrow, then 7 laps of track, finishing at Start/finish line.  Riders go counterclockwise:

More information:

Cost is $35 for first ride (to cover speedway rental costs, otherwise less), and discounted price for second ride (currently registration for a second ride is only available on race-day.   More than two TTs are allowed in the same day, with different vehicles, the same vehicle, or in different classes. 

Note: If heading down from Northbrook races on Saturday to Kentucky's Sunday event.... Kentucky Motor Speedway is a 5-1/2 hour drive or 333 miles, passing through Indianapolis

7/19/2014 to 7/20/2014     Northbrook/Kenosha weekend Update
Location: Northbrook, IL & Kenosha, WI

Join us for the WISIL velodrome racing weekend!

SATURDAY, July 19 - NORTHBROOK VELODROME (1479 Maple Ave, Northbrook, Illinois, 60062)

382 meter outdoor

SUNDAY, JULY 20 - KENOSHA VELODROME (Washington Park, Kenosha, Wisconsin)
333 meter outdoor


More details soon.


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

Registration and more info 

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)

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 Oscosda the following movie.  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:
2012 results:
2013 results: 

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

Annual Hostel Shoppe Midwest Recumbent Rally.

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

9/8/2014 to 9/13/2014     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 here there. 

more info:  - to be updated in 2014, check back.

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

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 for more information. For more information visit

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

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:
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.

HPRA rules apply see link here:
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

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 For more information visit



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