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9/12/2016 to 9/19/2016     World Human Powered Speed Challenge (WHPSC) Update
Location: Battle Mountain, Nevada
Description:

Annual competition to determine the world's fastest human powered machines! 

see http://www.recumbents.com/wisil/whpsc2016/speedchallenge.htm for more details.

During the week of September 12th through September 17th 2016, cyclists from around the world will gather on State Route 305 outside of Battle Mountain, Nevada in a quest to break the human-powered land speed record. The record currently stands at 86.65 mph (139.21 kph).

This will be the 17th consecutive year of competition at this site, home of one of the straightest, flattest and smoothest roads in the world. The 4,619ft (1,408m) altitude course provides an acceleration zone of 5 miles leading to a 200 meter speed trap. The highway was repaved in 2009 and special consideration for this particular section of road to ensure utmost smoothness for the WHPSC was given by the Nevada Department of Transportation.

IHPVA Speed Records set at the 2015 WHPSC:
1) Todd Reichert of the Canadian AeroVelo team has reset the top speed record to an amazing 86.65MPH!
2) Ellen Van Vugt of the Dutch Elan team has set the women's multi-track record at 54.45 MPH
3) Florian Kowalik of the USA GeeBee team has set the Junior Mens 15 to 17 (16) multi-track record at 57.92 MPH
4) Liz McTernan of the British University of Plymouth team has set the Womens arm powered record at 24.72 MPH
5) Cecilia Kowalik of the American GeeBee team has set the Womens Junior 12 to 14 (13) top speed record at 30.88 MPH
6) Genevieve Kowalik of the American GeeBee team has set the Womens Junior 11 and under (10) top speed record at 37.29 MPH

Though not official IHPVA records, several new country specific records were set.
1) Damjan Zabovnik finally broke though the 80 MPH barrier and set a new Slovenian record at 80.01 MPH in the Eivie 4.2 backward facing speedbike. This is also a speed record for a builder/racer.
2)
Ken Buckley of the University of Liverpool team set an English record of 75.03 MPH in a battle scarred Arion1 speedbike.
3) Andrea Gallo of team Policumbent set an Italian record of 72.19 MPH in the PulsaR speedbike.

All records set are sanctioned by the IHPVA.

Event Coordinators / Race Directors: Al and Alice Krause:  Email or (707) 443-8261 (10:00AM to 10:00PM PST)

The WHPSC is open to all. Entries are limited due to road-closure time constraints.

 
9/17/2016 to 9/18/2016     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
 
Saturday, September 17th, 2016
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 18th, 2016
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.
 
10/30/2016     Overdrive Race & Relay Update
Location: Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
Description:
The second annual Overdrive Race & Relay Series, a running and riding race day held at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (previously known as Mosport) in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada (east of Toronto). This event will feature a set of off- and on-road rides and runs on and around the track - single event and duathlon style.
 
This road circuit has hosted every professional driving series - Formula 1, Nascar Trucks, Indy Cars, IMSA and a host of other incredible racing events. Some of the world’s most famous race car drivers have raced this circuit since 1961. Gilles Villeneuve, Jacques Villeneuve, Ron Fellows, Bill Brack, Paul Tracy, Alex Tagliani, Horst Kroll, Scott Goodyear and Moe Carter.
 
This year, a new race has been added to the program - a recumbent road race on the track, the Low Rider 50! It will be first, at 8am and run for 50 minutes - as many laps as you can get in. The course is challenging with a rolling terrain and the recumbent race will be timed just like the others. There will be things happening throughout the day, riders get lunch, there will be music, booths etc.
 
This race is open to any and all recumbents - bikes, trikes, handcycles, velomobiles, all are welcome. Registration is now open and the current entry fee is available until April when the price goes up.
 
Check out the website for more information and a link to the registration site here: http://www.overdriveraceandrelayseries.com/
 

 

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