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Racing Courses 
The practice course is on the North Frontage Road, just East of Battle Mountain. This course will be closed to traffic for several hours to allow racers to test over a two mile distance, with a 200 Meter trap. The test runs are to be held Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday mornings. This newly repaved course features a several mile run up, then 200 Meter traps, then a 3/8 mile shutdown area. This road is extremely straight and flat.

The Rt. 305 course has a five mile run up with a 200 meter trap. This course will be utilized only by pre-qualified 2002 racers, or those racers who qualify in 2003 on the morning qualifier course. There will be two sessions per night, each lasting 20 minutes. We will attempt to launch an equal number of bikes per session, two to three minutes apart. The order of start will be: Early session: slower bikes group, fastest first to slowest (to lessen the risk of one bike overtaking another). Later session: faster bikes group, fastest first to slowest. 

WHPSC Schedule of Events:

Sunday
Day: Officials and others will meet, go out to the course and do as much set up as possible. 
Evening: An informal get-together of racers, officials and volunteers to make introductions and informally discuss what will happen during the week and hopefully get an idea of who are volunteers are and make job assignments. Place and time still to be determined.
Monday
8:00am: Official meeting at the Civic Center. Official handouts will be available, rules discussed and procedures discussed (including protest procedure), etc. Representatives of NDOT will be there to discuss their requirements. All team members, drivers and riders, officials and volunteers should attend. 
9:30am to 11:00am:
Meet at North Frontage Road (maps will be handed out at meeting). Technical inspection of vehicles for Monday night event.
Bring your bikes, as all vehicles will be tech inspected at this time. Dynamic (moving) "certification" for new bike/rider combinations (more about this below). Hopefully all teams will have opportunity to have a practice run on this road today as well.
5:00pm to 7:00pm: Record attempts on SR 305. Two sessions lasting 20 minutes each (the maximum amount of time we can close the road). Immediately after the record attempts we re-group at the Civic Center to announce official speeds and to give any announcements for the next day. 
Tuesday
9:30am to 11:00am: Practices/technical inspections will be held on North Frontage Road. (subject to change). 
5:00pm to 7:00pm:
Record attempts on SR 305. Two sessions lasting 20 minutes each (the maximum amount of time we can close the road). Immediately after the record attempts we re-group at the Civic Center to announce official speeds and to give any announcements for the next day. 
Wednesday
10:00am to ~3:00pm: School Demo Day at the Civic Center. Racers display their speed machines.
5:00pm to 7:00pm:
Record attempts on SR 305. Two sessions lasting 20 minutes each (the maximum amount of time we can close the road). Immediately after the record attempts we re-group at the Civic Center to announce official speeds and to give any announcements for the next day. 
Thursday
9:30am to 11:00am: Practices/technical inspections will be held on North Frontage Road. (subject to change). 
5:00pm to 7:00pm:
Record attempts on SR 305. Two sessions lasting 20 minutes each (the maximum amount of time we can close the road). Immediately after the record attempts we re-group at the Civic Center to announce official speeds and to give any announcements for the next day. 
Special Dinner:
After the record attempts there will be the annual Basque dinner. There will be a sign-up sheet at the Official meeting so they know how many will be attending. This year there will also be a place on the sign-up sheet to indicate if you are vegetarian, or non-red meat people. Do this early so they can plan!
Friday
Friday morning: Fun races. Probably a drag race, some racing around cones, etc. We will not know exactly which races until we get there and see what's possible. Location will be at the airport (on the apron) or if that doesn't work out, back on North Frontage Road. Races will be open to anyone ($10 each if a person isn't a registered rider already; includes one-day insurance). We will definitely have one race that is open ONLY to volunteers and non-racing team members!
5
:00pm to 7:00pm: Record attempts on SR 305. Two sessions lasting 20 minutes each (the maximum amount of time we can close the road). Immediately after the record attempts we re-group at the Civic Center to announce official speeds and to give any announcements for the next day.
Saturday
5:00pm to 7:00pm: Record attempts on SR 305. Two sessions lasting 20 minutes each (the maximum amount of time we can close the road). Immediately after the record attempts we re-group at the Civic Center to announce official speeds.
After Speed Runs: Dinner and awards ceremony for all racers. (Location and cost not yet known)

General Info:
It is the responsibility of the overall event coordinator to try to make things run as smoothly and safely as possible. There will be also be a three-person protest/advisory committee. This committee will have final decision-making authority on any disagreements that can't be easily resolved. Two of the committee members are Chris Broome and Larry Lem. The final committee member will be chosen before or during the Official Meeting. 

For the first night, the organizer, committee members and technical inspectors will meet after the morning session and determine start order for the first night. Start Order will be posted at Comfort Inn. The start order sequence for Tuesday through Saturday night will generally be determined by the speed attained on the previous night. However, the organizers reserve the right to change the start order due to individual circumstances. 

Media - At the present time we have the following: 
a) Bill Cook will be doing another video this year; 
b) Jeff Hunn will be doing pictures and a daily story for Warren Beauchamp to post on the event website; 
c) There will be an independent news photographer and 
d) possibly two TV production units (small ones). One is from Dragonfly Productions in St. Paul. They are a children's science program and they want to do a piece on speed, focusing on Sam. The other is a producer from Tech TV/NBC News (based in San Francisco). They are interested in doing something (don't know what yet) about the high tech aspects of the vehicles. 

Rules:

Wind speed rules: 

Note: IHPVA Competition Rules will be used for WHPSC 2003.
IHPVA rules state 1.66 m/s max wind speed in any direction for a legal record run.
For comparison, .deciMach rules state 1.66 m/s is illegal if the direction exceeds 85 degrees left or right following wind and that headwinds are OK. 

Safety and General Rules:
This event event will run under the IHPVA Competition Rules.

Safety Update: No cars will be allowed within the 200 foot span of the Highway right of way fence except for officials loading and unloading of timing equipment. Additionally, for rider protection. The reflector poles on the side of the road will be removed by the Nevada DOT for the last mile of the course during the week of the event.

Some have expressed concern over the bleachers. These bleachers will be and have always been located 75 feet from the roadway and the spectator area is protected by an orange plastic fence as in years past. The terrain between the road and the bleachers is soft dust specked with 3 foot sage bushes. The possibility of any crashing HPV coming near the bleachers at speed is extremely remote.

Qualification 

It appears that we will have 12 or less than 12 teams, therefore qualification contests to see who will run on SR 305 will not be necessary. However, there will be "certification" runs on North Frontage Roads for riders/bikes that have not yet demonstrated the ability to exceed 40 mph at any previous HPV event, including past events at Battle Mountain. This "certification run" (also known as "dynamic inspection") will be part of the technical inspection. The technical inspectors will be in a chase vehicle during the certification run to make sure the rider can control his bike at speeds over 40 mph and has a safe means of stopping. 

Any other team can also make practice runs during the time North Frontage Road is closed on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings. 


Fees:
While spectators are free, racers need to pony up some cash for the privilege of racing. 
SR 305 speed run Racers  - $200
Certification and Practice runs only- $30 (plus another $170 if you qualify and want to race on Rt. 305)


Other Activities:
As in past years, the Battle Mountain does it's best to keep things interesting for the racers. As all of the racing happens in the mornings and evenings, there is a chunk of time in the afternoons to find other entertainment. During the week the racers may enjoy:

  • A tour of the gold mine facility.
  • A day at the shooting range. 
  • Bike riding amongst the scenic volcanic geology.
  • One evening will feature a dinner sponsored by the local Basque Shepherds Organization, with ethnic foods and cultural entertainment.

Lodging:
The main motel in Battle Mountain for the event is:
The Comfort Inn 
Phone: Phone: (775) 635-5880
Reservation: (800) 228-5150
Address: 521 East Front Street, Battle Mountain, NV  89820

Other Motels in Battle Mountain


Travel:
The event will be held on stretch of HWY 305 about 14 miles south of Battle Mountain, Nevada. which is located on HWY 80 about 219 miles Northeast of Reno, NV and 301 miles West of Salt Lake City.

Though Battle Mountain has it's own airport, the closest commercial airport is in Reno, Nevada. Once there you can rent a car and take a high speed 2 hour trip to Battle Mountain. 

The first day's event will start at approximately 5:30 pm on Monday September 15th. Any daily cancellations due to weather will be available on the Battle Mountain Chamber of Commerce telephone at 775-635-8245.

 

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