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

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!

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

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

 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.  http://blackbearbicycletour.com/  

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.

 
8/15/2015 to 8/16/2015     Manchester Medley HPRA Race Weekend Update
Location: North Manchester, Indiana, USA
Description:

Join us for the 10th annual Northern Indiana HPRA race weekend. Races on both days will be held on a wide .35-mile 2-lane paved drive around the local high school. Smooth pavement and fairly wide corners make this a good course for all HPRA classes (although challenging for streamliners). Below is the tentative schedule of events.

HPRA classes and rules apply (see http://www.recumbents.com/hpra/, helmets & mirrors mandatory). Regular entry fee is $10/day or $15 for both days; special fee for first-time HPRA racers is $1/day! Prize money given for first/second/third place winners in each class (Stock, Streetliner, Streamliner, Junior, Women, Trike, and Tandem).

Tentative schedule of events

Saturday, August 15:

8-9:30 a.m.   Registration, Tech Inspection, Warmup

9:45 a.m.       Flying-start individual 1-lap time trial (approx. .35-mile)

10:45  a.m.    30-min. race for Streetliner & Streamliner classes

11:30 a.m.     30-min. time trial for Stock, Women, Trike, Junior, & Multirider classes

12:15 p.m.     Lunch Break

1:15 p.m.       20-mile race for Streetliner & Streamliner classes

2:30 p.m.       15-mile race for Stock, Women, Junior, & Multirider classes

4:00 p.m.       20-lap short course Trike race

6:30 p.m.       Supper at local restaurant

Sunday, August 16:

8-9:00 a.m.   Registration, Tech Inspection, Warmup

9:15 a.m.       20-lap short course Trike race (same course run in reverse)

10:00 a.m.     20-mile race for Streetliner & Streamliner classes

11:00 a.m.     15-mile race for Stock, Women, Junior, & Multirider classes

12:30 p.m.     Awards

North Manchester is about 30 miles west of Fort Wayne, at the intersection of State Roads 13 and 114. Racing will be at Manchester Jr/Sr High School, 1102 North Market Street, North Manchester, Indiana 46962.

Local lodging: Treeway Inn Motel, 1601 State Rd. 114 West, N. Manchester, Toll free 877-982-9090, email gwscheerer!frontier.com

Fruit Basket Inn (Bed & Breakfast), 116 W. Main Street, N. Manchester, (260) 982-2443

Chain hotels/motels available in Wabash (20 mins. south) and Warsaw (25 mins. north)

Questions? Contact Jeff Hunn, race director, jeff.hunn@frontier.com

home 260-982-8031, cell 260-578-1939

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

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. 
more info:
http://www.wisil.recumbents.com/wisil/whpsc2014/speedchallenge.htm

 
9/19/2015 to 9/20/2015     Hawkeye Downs HPRA Races Update
Location: Hawkeye Downs Raceway, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Description:
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 19th, 2015
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 20th, 2015
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.
 

 

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