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5/2/2015     Calvin's Challenge 100-mile / 6-hour / 12-hour event Update
Location: Springfield, Ohio

Annual event

100-mile, 6-hour or 12-hour events.   Riders ride 50-mile loops then 7-mile loop until completion of event.  Drafting permitted. Categories for regular bicyles, recumbents, hand-cylces, fixed-gear, tandems, etc.

Start time 7 am for 6-hour and 12-hour

5/16/2015 to 5/16/2015     ANNUAL VELODROME FUN DAY Update
Location: Hellyer Park Velodrome, San Jose, CA

The 17th annual HPV Fun Day.   200 meters, last man out, lap races, 1/2 hour race.  Fun event for all ability levels.  New Class!  E-bikes can do the 200 m sprint and be in their own muli-lap race.   $20 for the day; $10 for students, $5 for juniors and those who just want to try riding on the velodome.   Racing is fast, but emphasis is on fun.  Contact Carole Leone at

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.  Fee of up to $40 (tentative) to race both days.  Spectators free!  Prizes based on categories (streamliner, superstreet, stock, tandem, women, tricycles, juniors). Riders of all types of bikes welcome. Spectators free.


SATURDAY (9 am - 4 pm)

  • One Hour time trial - Streamliners
  • One Hour time trial - Everyone
  • Hill Climb / Coast-Down
  • Kilometer Time Trial  new event planned
  • Dinner - either cookout at track or travel to local restaurants

SUNDAY (9 am - noon)

  • Flying Start 200-foot sprints
  • Short Lap races (no hill)
  • Trike Race

Contact: mike mowett ( 586-863-3902
Address: 4770 Waterford Rd, Clarkston, MI, 48346
Free camping allowed overnight.  Shower and restrooms available at track.

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. 

7/26/2015     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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