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sean costin Posted - 12/11/2008 : 18:58:51
December 11, 2008

Re: IHPVA name and organization call for support

Dear HPV racing community,

Like many of you, I was a member of the IHPVA and later the HPVA after the restructuring. I joined the HPVA board in hopes that I could improve racing opportunities and provide a racerís perspective to the board of directors.

It has been 10 years since the restructuring of the IHPVA into an association of national associations and member organizations. During that time, the board of the restructured IHPVA did not put together a group of bylaws, incorporate, create a membership, generate funding, and allowed the records committee and the website to languish. In short, HPV racers and builders and organizers have not been helped by the IHPVA reorganization.

In the mean time, the HPVA came back to their racing and record setting roots. We adopted the Human Powered Speed Challenge in Battle Mountain and created a new hour event in Casa Grande, AZ which seems to be inspiring an incredible new event at the Ford Test track in Romeo, MI this summer. It seems that IHPVA World Record activity is at or near an all-time high. These international events allow racers to compete and set records at lower cost and provide an ideal environment for information sharing and community building among racers and builders. The HPVA has been responsible for raising and distributing tens of thousands of dollars in prize money, providing volunteers, officials, timing systems and organizational structure to provide successful events. Our legal incorporation as a non-profit helps us to operate and handle funding efficiently.

Recently we have created Vice President of representative affiliated organization positions
which will serve as a point of contact for national/regional or specific interest hpv groups. We feel that this will improve coordination and communication with respect to record attempts and events and promote standardized record attempt procedures around the world. These representative positions are being created to address the issues that brought about the reorganization in the first place. Most importantly we have created a new records committee chaired by Bill Gaines which will be more efficient that in the past.

Over a year ago, a quorum of HPVA members voted to take back the IHPVA name, which was still legally registered to us, and we have started using it again. We have told the Reorganized IHPVA-chaired by Richard Ballantine of our intent to take back the name, but he and the other national representatives have resisted giving up the name and refused to surrender the IHPVA.ORG site despite the fact that it belongs to the HPVA as part of the IHPVA Reorganization agreement 10 years ago.

We have been able to convince the Webhost to give us the site back in the very near future which will promptly be overhauled and made useful again.

Sadly, Richard Ballantine has been publicly against the progress we have made at Battle Mountain. He recently wrote this commentary to the other board members:
quote:
An important point to keep in mind is that Brian Wilson has resigned from running the IHPVA web site. Whether we seek to recover IHPVA.org, or open a new site with a different name, someone will have to run and maintain the site. That means having clear objectives. Do we promote technological innovation and development for human powered vehicles by sanctioning competitions and record attempts? Would we perhaps like to expand to promoting more general use of human powered vehicles?

Setting straight-line speed records is a specialised activity, limited to a few competitors. There is only one site and one event -- Battle Mountain -- at which it is possible to set a world record. This is of interest to the top competitors, but not to the majority of HPV enthusiasts. Any effective promotion of human powered vehicles has to move beyond Battle Mountain, and beyond the limited activities of the HPVA. After all, Battle Mountain is a premier site not because of technological innovation, but simply because of geography; the 5-mile run-up provides some 200 Watts of power assist from gravity.

It is said that when one door closes, another opens. The take-over of IHPVA.org by Al Krause and the HPVA could be an opportunity to initiate change and new approaches to promoting human powered vehicles. There is a lot of positive energy and vitality in the European HPV organisations, and indeed, right around the world to Down Under (Australia). I would like to see us actively promote human powered vehicles to new members in new countries.
End Quote

From this you can clearly read in his own words that Richard Ballantine lacks respect for the hard earned records and technological achievements at Battle Mountain, which I find very upsetting. Nor does he seem to have a clear direction his organization should be going.

The HPVA Board is resolute in our conviction to be the one and only IHPVA. To protect the validity of OUR records, there must be one recognized authority. This is why I am asking all past and present racers, organizers, and racing event volunteers to publicly state their support for the HPVA to take back the IHPVA name and IHPVA.ORG website.

I feel that a decisive response from the racing community will help end this dispute quickly and we can focus our energies on the business of organizing, sanctioning and recognizing record setting events as well as publishing HPV News and Human Power. It has been emotionally draining as we know that all parties are dedicated well intentioned leaders who would prefer to concentrate on constructive endeavors.

Regardless if you are an HPVA member, all you need to do is email me back that you support our actions and I will have your name published on the HPVA.US site and soon the IHPVA.ORG site. Use the Email address IHPVALAND@gmail.com

Your fellow racer and advocate,

Sean Costin

IHPVA VP Land

P.S. This is already a very long post. Please use this forum to ask questions and express opinions and I will do my best to respond as necessary.
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DamjanZ Posted - 12/25/2008 : 10:50:58
1) Damjan Zabovnik, 4-times European 200m record holder, European and World 1-h record holder (Eivie Team)
2) 5 years as a member of (I)HPVA
3) Do they contribute to the HPV community in any substantial way by:
a) Riding, racing, building YES
b) What HPV events they have either organized/helped organize
CLUB HORIZOA events IN SLOVENIA
c) What HPV events in which they have participated
WHPSC Battle Mountain 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007
Nissan 1-h Challenge 2006, 2007
World championship Bentwaters 2008 (UK) (set best speed on 200m there)

Dear friends!
It is nice to see progress in communication. As a rider I support and will always support people who do good for all community all over the world. People, who care for media support, sponsorships, recognition of records and other achievements, promotion of our sport. People who are opened for dialogues and appreciate uniqueness and variety.

Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year!
warren Posted - 12/23/2008 : 16:58:05
Hi Theo,

Ok, I fixed hp55 too!

-Warren.
theo Posted - 12/23/2008 : 02:23:07
Thank you, Warren (and HPVA board)! This means that all links to archive files now work again. An exception is HP55, which I had to split up in order to remove Vernon's article. If this is unintentional, you could copy the whole folder http://whpva.org/HParchive/PDF/hp55/ to http://ihpva.org/HParchive/PDF/hp55/

In return, I have changed all links referencing the archive I could find in http://www.hupi.org/HPeJ/ (new article just published BTW) which were pointing to mirrors, to ihpva.org. Irrespective of what ICANN will decide about who really owns the domain, this part of the problem is solved!

Cheers! Theo Schmidt, Editor HPeJ ( http://www.hupi.org/HPeJ/0007/0007.htm shows a nice drawing by Charles Snyder, of Santa and the elves doing drag measurements...)
warren Posted - 12/22/2008 : 12:28:52
Hi Theo,

Ok, I have moved the HParchive files as suggested.

-Warren.
legslarry Posted - 12/22/2008 : 02:34:27
quote:
Originally posted by gNick
Co-winner (and current hider) of the Team Menace Trophy for bringing the sport into disrepute. A special Christmas bonus point to all those who can tell me who the other winner was.



Please, Miss, was it j**(^$%)(098 NO CARRIER

Dave Larrington
http://www.legslarry.beerdrinkers.co.uk/
=============================
a bit ov a lyv wyr by slof standirds
theo Posted - 12/22/2008 : 00:40:28
Hi Warren,

> I don't know about that losing friendship thing, I think any dialog where people express their
> opinions and share common interests brings people closer together. While I don't know you,
> and don't agree with everything you say, that doesn't mean that I hold anything against
> you.

Thank you. I didn't mean the friendship thing literally on a personal level, but as a relationship between different HPV organisations. There is probably a better word. Certainly on a personal level I value everyone here in spite of our differences.

> If you can list the URLs of the links that are not working for you, I will happily add redirector
> pages.

Instead of adding umpteen redirector pages, please do the following:

1) Rename the folder presently called
http://ihpva.org/HPArchive to http://ihpva.org/HParchive

(i.e. change the capital A to a small a)

2) In this folder, create a new folder called PDF (capitals)

3) Transfer all the files *.pdf from http://ihpva.org/HParchive to http://ihpva.org/HParchive/PDF

This all will only take 5 minutes. You also would have to change the links in the index page, this might take a bit longer. You could of course hard-link everything, so that both structures are valid, but as yours has only been going a few days, there should be no problem changing it now. Thanks!

Please note that we are still contesting the domain change at ICANN who ultimately controls all internet domains. In the unlikely event that this I think primarily California-based organisation will believe our lot more than the California-based HPVA, this would change everything again. As already noted several times, you also already have ihpva.net and could have ihpva.us from me.

I guess it will be next year before these things decide themselves. Merry Christmas, everybody!

Theo Schmidt, Future Bike Switzerland.

PS Jeremy Garnet's article on direct-drive recumbents has just gone online, although I'm not completely finished editting it: http://www.hupi.org/HPeJ/0017/0017.htm
He offers plan for a good-looking and presumably well-working bike. It would be cool if somebody builds it!
warren Posted - 12/21/2008 : 20:22:34
Hi Theo,

I don't know about that losing friendship thing, I think any dialog where people express their opinions and share common interests brings people closer together. While I don't know you, and don't agree with everything you say, that doesn't mean that I hold anything against you.

If you can list the URLs of the links that are not working for you, I will happily add redirector pages.

-Warren.
theo Posted - 12/21/2008 : 11:26:35
I think that everything people have written in this forum topic is partially correct. Therefore some things are partially incorrect. Particularly misleading are these statements from Sean:

> The IHPVA is an international organization.... Membership and the ability to hold position on
> the board of directors in the IHPVA has always been open to anyone regardless of their
> country of origin. We are very democratic. We vote in 3 board members each year.

This type of democracy is fine when the weather is nice, but doesn't work when there are conflicts, e.g. between American and European perpectives. Europeans can never achieve a board majority in a predominantly American organisation, nor would they want to. This is precisely what didn't work before the reorganisation and will now probably work even less well.


> 10 year later the re-organization has not furthered the cause. The precious website that
> you have been fighting so fiercely for had been left for dead. You claim we hijacked it when
> the reorganization deeded it to the HPVA and we had been running it up until the time it
> was Hijacked from us!

All not true. A site doesn't have to be highly dynamic to be useful. Some sites are completely static as when the originator has died and are kept just the same, e.g. Sheldon Brown's: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/home.html
I can understand that you need to denigrate the old ihpva.org site in order to justify your breaking, entering and stealing the domain. I still don't understand why you had to get ihpva.org and do not use ihpva.net or ihpva.us. This would have avoided much of the present unpleasantness. I've already asked this twice unanswered. Incidently I've registered ihpva.us myself in the meantime, and will be happy to hand it over to you if we can clear this mess up.


> I think if you really cared for it, you might have seen that it be improved over the last 10
> years. It took our organization less than a week to get it working properly again and soon it
> will be 10x more useful that under the reign of the reorganized IHPVA.

While I think Warren has done a nice job, what is the point of comparing an old site with lots of content and a fresh one? You still seem intent on competing rather than cooperating. What do you mean by "working properly"? So far the link fixes (path changes) I requested further up, which would only take 5 minutes to do, still havn't been done. However I am grateful that your suggestion of hosting the archives has apparently been approved. Once you get the links fixed, I can then even point my links there instead of to the mirrors.


> Where was your outrage you when it had been 6 years for some records to be ratified.

When I was still on the records committee we ratified every record which was sufficiently documented, almost all of them. When the HPVA/IHPVA trouble started, of course the motivation diminished and basically vanished when the HPVA left the IHPVA. You are right that the IHPVA board could have been quicker to react. I expect that from now on the HPVA can take care of records on the American continents and the IHPVA those on the Eurasian and Australian continents.


> Our world has changed in the last 10 years. We are much closer as individuals and
> organizations than we have ever been. The internet makes it just as easy to communicate
> with someone in Belgium as someone in the next town.

This is so in a technical sense. Communication in a human sense is more difficult and made even yet more difficult with these modern means. Warren asked further up: " I don't believe you are actually losing anything from this change, are you?" I think one thing we may be losing or have lost is friendship.

Theo Schmidt, http://www.futurebike.ch
sean costin Posted - 12/20/2008 : 15:29:51
Jack,
The IHPVA is an international organization. The IHVPA based in California was the parent organization of the reorganized IHPVA. From everything I've read, The spark that ignited the worldwide interest originated with the US IHPVA organization. Membership and the ability to hold position on the board of directors in the IHPVA has always been open to anyone regardless of their country of origin. We are very democratic. We vote in 3 board members each year.

If I have been told correctly, the re-organization was initiated after the outrage that Bram Moens' hour attempt was not ratified due to a failure to meet the helmet requirement. The IHPVA wanted to be more international and gave the European community in particular an opportunity to do something.

10 year later the re-organization has not furthered the cause. The precious website that you have been fighting so fiercely for had been left for dead. You claim we hijacked it when the reorganization deeded it to the HPVA and we had been running it up until the time it was Hijacked from us!

I think if you really cared for it, you might have seen that it be improved over the last 10 years. It took our organization less than a week to get it working properly again and soon it will be 10x more useful that under the reign of the reorganized IHPVA.

Where was your outrage you when it had been 6 years for some records to be ratified.

The comments that we are a national organization are obsolete. When we saw how things were going with the re-organized IHPVA it became obvious that we had to step in to address the problem. Our records committee has 2 members out of the 5 who are not from North America ( Matjaz Leskovar and Hans Van Vugt). Matjaz also serves on our board.

Indeed we have needed to step back in order step forward. There is plenty of opportunity to make the IHPVA more international with 3 directors elected each year. I believe the current board of directors is very willing work with all of the National organizations to create new opportunities to share information and improve our competitions for all our members and the movement at large.

Our world has changed in the last 10 years. We are much closer as individuals and organizations than we have ever been. The internet makes it just as easy to communicate with someone in Belgium as someone in the next town.

Off to the Wisil Christmas party.

Sean Costin







quote:
Originally posted by Jack

quote:
Originally posted by warren
snip

I hope this new site alleviates some of the fears and suspicions of the multinational community, and allays some of the anti-american sentiments that have been festering there. The IHPVA is still international in focus, and the board members will be working with the various groups around the world to further that end.

-Warren

Web guy and self-appointed HPV good will ambassador.
Builder of bikes/boats
Disseminator of information
Timer of racing
Recumbent racer/commutor



Warren,
rest assured that the same reaction can be expected if by example the national russian recumbent association starts to call themselves ihpva and managed to gain control over the ihpva.org site.
Nothing to do with nationality, just the fact that the international community reacts to a situation of one time having a domain name and losing the domain name within hours when the original registrant did not get time to object and also the webmaster could not refuse the takeover. Some people state that it is not theft, but if something is taken against your will i do not know any other word for it.

Jack

warren Posted - 12/20/2008 : 11:46:05
Hi Jack,

I understand why you feel the way you do, but you must realize that there were extenuating circumstances associated with this event. It is not my place to list them, nor do I want to be embroiled in the controversy surrounding it's happenstance.

The fact is that the pre-reorg IHPVA retained the legal rights to the IHPVA name, and decided to reassert them after years of inaction.

For many years I had seen the old ihpva fall further and further into irrelevancy. I had volunteered to update it more than once over the years, but it seemed that the old ihpva was unable to make a decision to allow this, unable to publish the results of its championships, and unable to ratify or publish its records.

This will change now, to the benefit of all. Yes, even the Europeans.

Apparently there are conflicts, this is a common problem with us humans. I have high hopes that these will be worked out. I don't believe you are actually losing anything from this change, are you?

-Warren.
Jack Posted - 12/20/2008 : 10:29:09
quote:
Originally posted by warren
snip

I hope this new site alleviates some of the fears and suspicions of the multinational community, and allays some of the anti-american sentiments that have been festering there. The IHPVA is still international in focus, and the board members will be working with the various groups around the world to further that end.

-Warren

Web guy and self-appointed HPV good will ambassador.
Builder of bikes/boats
Disseminator of information
Timer of racing
Recumbent racer/commutor



Warren,
rest assured that the same reaction can be expected if by example the national russian recumbent association starts to call themselves ihpva and managed to gain control over the ihpva.org site.
Nothing to do with nationality, just the fact that the international community reacts to a situation of one time having a domain name and losing the domain name within hours when the original registrant did not get time to object and also the webmaster could not refuse the takeover. Some people state that it is not theft, but if something is taken against your will i do not know any other word for it.

Jack
sean costin Posted - 12/20/2008 : 10:27:47
I wish to publicly thank Warren for taking on this difficult task and completing it so quickly. There has been much talk about nationalism and disagreement but the irony is that when HPV'ers actually get together in person, there typically such a strong bond of fellowship it is hard to believe that we've had these ongoing organizational problems.
We must be from a certain part of the world, but that doesn't mean that we must be bound by this distinction. The world has become smaller because of the internet. Much of the work that Warren has done is titled under Wisil, but it reaches out to everyone with a computer and an internet connection and the contributions to the site come from all corners of the planet.

In a few days I am happy to say we will be able to continue to carry on this thread on new discussion boards of the IHPVA.org site. I'm not sure what people monitoring this debate are thinking. Hopefully they think that there are some very talented and intelligent people around the world who are sincerely interested in leading the IHPVA to a new era. I am glad that we've had this exchange and I feel certain that it will positively shape the future of the IHPVA.

"God bless us every one!"-Tiny Tim

Sean Costin

IHVPA board member since 1989? IHPVA member since about 1979
IHPVA VP land
WRRA Founder and Commissioner
3x World's competitor and gold medalist (Interlaken,Brighton,Brantford)
Building and Racing recumbents of many types since 1980 (Milwaukee)
Founder of the World Human Powered Speed Challenge (Battle Mountain)
Member of the Wisil HPV'ers
Organizer of the Tucker 100 (12 years running)
Friend of Dave Larrington
-even though he forgot to say that he is a founding member of the WRRA.

Sean Costin











1whldrv Posted - 12/20/2008 : 07:26:14
Site looks great Warren. Thanks for all your work.

Tom Nowak in LB, CA
warren Posted - 12/20/2008 : 06:49:31
There is still a lot to change on the www.ihpva.org site and I'm responsible for the look and feel, and the navigation, but not the content.

Because I didn't like how the old sites were organized, I reorganized them, which broke a lot of links. Sorry, nothing stays the same on the Internet. People using old links will get the error then and then be able to find what they are looking for. If there is a page in specific that is broken, I may be able to add a redirector page.

Other things like the WIKI pages, the FTP incoming, people's personal folders, and other stuff I'm sure is there but I don't know about, will still be available on www.whpva.org .

I think that some of this will be picked up by the BHPC webmaster (Neil?)

The old ihpva email lists are still available on news.gmane.org, but are difficult to navigate.

Future changes to the new ihpva.org site will be listed on the IHPVA whatsnew page.

I hope this new site alleviates some of the fears and suspicions of the multinational community, and allays some of the anti-american sentiments that have been festering there. The IHPVA is still international in focus, and the board members will be working with the various groups around the world to further that end.

-Warren

Web guy and self-appointed HPV good will ambassador.
Builder of bikes/boats
Disseminator of information
Timer of racing
Recumbent racer/commutor
graydog Posted - 12/20/2008 : 03:19:33
NB, nice to see the site up even with all the broken links, my OH (who runs a web company) off the cuff said "is it like an over night type thing" ;o()

further, I see you use the original articals of incorperation and not the revised HPVA set.

regards
graham
theo Posted - 12/19/2008 : 23:35:58
Warren wrote:
> The new and remodeled IHPVA site is now up at http://www.ihpva.org

Thank you for putting the HP archive back. However please use the same paths as was done previously, so that many links will work again. Presently they catch your error page.

Thus for example, instead of your type of path:
http://ihpva.org/HPArchive/hp54-2003.pdf

use the type:
http://ihpva.org/HParchive/PDF/hp54-2003.pdf

i.e. rename your folder from HPArchive to HParchive and put the PDFs themselves in a folder called PDF.

Thank you.

Theo Schmidt
Editor http://www.hupi.org/HPeJ/
Member Future Bike Switzerland
acegear69 Posted - 12/19/2008 : 22:48:08
Take the last period out of the link: http://www.ihpva.org
teubner Posted - 12/19/2008 : 21:32:31
quote:
Originally posted by warren

The new and remodeled IHPVA site is now up at http://www.ihpva.org.


I get an "HTTP 400 Bad Request"
teubner Posted - 12/19/2008 : 21:29:39
quote:
As with most conflicts, the crowd will remain observers until they become bored or disgusted enough to walk away.



Actually, in my case it is more like a child watching parents have bitter arguements. I want to go back to my happy place where all the HPV people were on the same side, and the worst arguement was over the best way to vacuum bag a mold. Ah, the death of innocence.....
warren Posted - 12/19/2008 : 20:47:25
The new and remodeled IHPVA site is now up at http://www.ihpva.org

The "not found" error pages are fully functional, so requests made to pages that have changed will not generate errors. I have spent a significant amount of time gathering the information from both the old ihpva and hpva sites and combining them into this new site. I hope you all find this new site easy to navigate, and full of previously buried information that you may not have seen before. Next step is to set up a web forum so that message threads like this do not have the be on the recumbents.com site...

-Warren.
Jeff Wills Posted - 12/19/2008 : 17:16:40
quote:
Originally posted by Jack
Hello,
have you looked at the concept of Cycle Vision? It is a fair, contains several trial tracks and there was a model of Blue Falkor, a flying bike last year.



We at the OHPV have had a cooperative event every May since 2000 in Portland. We've had HPV races, and we have shared the track with Electrathon racers. I started and ran the event for several years, then backed away to deal with other responsibilities. Since then, the event has continued and expanded. The 2009 edition (our 10th!) will include an HPV-electric assist race and the Left Coast Velomobile Gathering. There's other things we'd like to do, but they take time to develop.

Jeff

__________________
Jeff Wills:
2002 GRR (polished)
1998 Tour Easy (black)
1991 Lightning P-38 (black)
K2 Evo 3.0 FS MTB (red/white)
Fort 2x1000 'cross bike (olive)
Bianchi Alloro road bike (Bianchi green)
Steelman fixie (pearl blue)
Schwinn LeTour single-speed (white)
Jack Posted - 12/19/2008 : 13:58:49
quote:
Originally posted by Larry Lem

Please list all of the "international HPV organizations and clubs", their representatives, the representatives of these clubs who were contacted about the recent reorganization/uprising/coup/bloody violent seizure with bodies strewn everywhere without regard for women, children and/or puppies before it took place, and who amongst those contacted were in favor or against this action.

Was a healthy majority contacted and in favor, against it, or was it comprehensively (amazingly) covert?
snip



Larry,
the answer to this question can be found here
http://downloads.ligfiets.net/ligfietsnet/IHPVAtoHPVA08-10-30.PDF which is part of the article on www.ligfiets.net
www.ligfiets.net/nieuws/bericht.php3?id=2737&taal=en&volledig=1" target="_blank">http://www.ligfiets.net/nieuws/bericht.php3?id=2737&taal=en&volledig=1
I know, some of the articles on www.ligfiets.net have lots and lots of links to other sites and more detailed information. It is not a commercial site, we do not bother for visitors that we send away to other places on the internet and do not return.

Jack
Jack Posted - 12/19/2008 : 13:50:29
quote:
Originally posted by purplepeopledesign
snip
What ever happened to the Symposia? The internet does not include the very important function of actually meeting the people who write the technical papers. And what about the manufacturers and quid pro quo?
snip
There is nothing that ties all these human powered endeavours together. I remember when human power was used to fly.

:)ensen.

Those who claim to be making history are usually the same ones repeating it.



Hello,
have you looked at the concept of Cycle Vision? It is a fair, contains several trial tracks and there was a model of Blue Falkor, a flying bike last year. There are lectures, however mostly in dutch i am afraid.
We often have such projects that expose free of charge and give more information. (hovercraft bikes, tilting trikes etc. were also on display)
If any country wants to organise such a thing we are certainly willing to give hints and tips. There was one initiative however in France that also wanted to be called Cycle Vision, i did not think that was a good idea.
Jack
gNick Posted - 12/19/2008 : 13:43:02
quote:
Originally posted by Larry Lem
In this message thread/topic, I am wondering if we are seeing a representative portion of the international community or only a few disgruntled parties who like to post and argue.



Of course it is - as I posted a while back most people care not a fig (or given the time of year it is - figgy pudding) for the politics of HPV organisation.

I am doing my best not to argue, we have nothing to gain and plenty to lose.
I just happen to feel quite strongly that an national organisation is out of line by unilaterally declaring themselves the international organisation.
Putting it on US home turf so to speak, would you expect other NFL teams to be happy with the situation if the Dallas Cowboys (name chosen because I once got stuck in a traffic jam by the stadium) decided that things weren't working how they wanted and they were now the NFL?

In case I don't post before, I hope you all have a Happy Christmas and let us hope for a stable if not exactly prosperous new year.

gNick - a man with a mission, to the pub.
gNick Posted - 12/19/2008 : 13:13:42
For what it is worth, most of you probably know me as gNick anyway but I was christened Nicholas John Benedict Green (not nice on forms I can tell you!);
Rider of recumbents since 1988
Retired BHPC Competition Secretary, 1991-2008
Organiser World Championships 2008
Co-Organiser World Championships 2001
Builder, rider and former owner of A Wooden Fish On Wheels aka The Fish (now called Fishy!)
BHPC Worst Dressed Rider Lifetime Achievement Award
Co-winner (and current hider) of the Team Menace Trophy for bringing the sport into disrepute. A special Christmas bonus point to all those who can tell me who the other winner was.
Experienced user of the semi-colon, the apostrophe and occasional proponent of the Oxford comma.

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