Thursday, April 5, 2018

34th annual Michigan HPV Rally – May 19-20, 2018

The rally will be held at the Waterford Hills sports car racing track on the Oakland County Sportsmen's Club grounds in Clarkston, near Pontiac - the location since 1986. The oldest such event in North America is open to riders of all human powered vehicles — recumbents, streamliners, regular bicycles, tandems and handcycles.

There are classes for streamlined, unstreamlined cycles, tandems, women, youth and tricycles. The rally is conducted using Human Powered Race America rules (www.recumbents.com, then under "recumbent racing," click on "Human Powered Race America," then on "racing rules." Note: HPRA rules require all vehicles to have a mirror or mirrors enabling rear vision to both sides.
The track is 1.4 miles around, with nine turns and one hill. Sunday races use a shorter course without the hill.
Prize money will be awarded to top finishers in each class. Even if you don't want to compete, come and see some unusual and some very fast bicycles and tricycles. 
Concession stand will be open.

Schedule of events (subject to change):

SATURDAY, May 19
Registration and tech inspection starts 8 am
1-hour time trial (streamliner, streetliner, tricycle classes) - 9:30 am
1-hour time trial (stock, junior, women, tandem classes) - 11 am
Lunch and hot laps, 12:15 p.m. (on short loop, all classes, ride as many laps as you want; your fastest lap counts)
Hill climb/coast down (all classes) - 1:30-2:30 pm
Standing start kilometer (all classes), 3 p.m.
Urban transportation contest - in afternoon.  Score/placing based on results of hill climb, coast down, time in running obstacle course and evaluation for lights, fenders, other weather protection, cargo carrying capacity, braking performance, rearview mirrors, security against theft, convenience (size, getting on/off or in/out), etc.
6 p.m. (approximate) – eat at local restaurants.

SUNDAY
200-foot sprints, flying start (all classes) - 8:30-9:30 am
Tricycle race - 10 am
Road race (faired classes, short course, no hill, 12 miles) –10:30 am
Road race (unfaired classes, short course, no hill, 9 miles) 11 am

Awards ceremony follows the last race, expected by 1 p.m.

Entry fees: $20 for one day, $35 for two days. For multi-rider college or high school or other teams, $35 for first vehicle and rider; $10 for each additional vehicle or rider. Spectators free.
Register online at http://www.hpra.bostonandpop.com/ and save time when you arrive.

For additional information, contact: teddwheeler@hotmail.com

Location: Oakland County Sportsmen's Club: 4770 Waterford Road, Clarkston MI 48346. For a map of the track, visit http://www.waterfordhills.com/downloads/facilitymap.pdf orhttp://www.mapmyride.com/routes/fullscreen/179549320/ 

TO GET TO THE RALLY:  From I-75, get off at exit 91. Take M-15 south to Dixie Hwy. (US-24). Turn left, continuing south about 1 mile and turn left onto Waterford Road, then proceed to track.If coming from the west, take U.S. 23 north (or south) to M-59 (Highland Road). Go east on M-59 to Airport Road, then left (north) to US-24. Turn left, then immediately right onto Waterford Road. Go about a half-mile to track.

PLACES TO STAY:

CAMPING
Free camping available overnight Friday and Saturday at the Waterford Hills Sportsman Club, site of the HPV rally, starting at 6 p.m. Friday. Restrooms, showers available and possibly electrical hookups.

STATE CAMPGROUNDS (www.michigan.gov/dnr, then click on "make a reservation.
Highland Recreation Area, 5200 E. Highland Road (M-59), White Lake, 248-889-3750. Two miles east of Highland.
Holly Recreation Area, 8100 Grand Road, Holly, 248-634-8811. Five miles east of Holly.
Pontiac Lake Recreation Area, 7800 Gale Road, Waterford, 248-666-1020. Closest to Waterford Hills track, about 4 miles west.
OAKLAND COUNTY:  Groveland Oaks County Park, 14555 Dixie Hwy., Holly, northeast of Holly, 248-634-9811.
PRIVATE CAMPGROUNDS (www.michcampgrounds.com): Detroit Sportsmen's Congress Horseshoe Lake Campground, 1050 E. Oakwood Road, Oxford, 248-628-3859, e-mail dscoffice@gmail.comwww.d-s-c.org

MOTELS (with approximate distances/direction from Waterford Hills track)
Clarkston - Clarkston Motor Inn, 6853 Dixie Hwy. (US-10), 248-625-1522, 12 rooms, 2 miles northeast.
Clarkston - Olde Mill Inn of Clarkston, 5835 Dixie Hwy., 248-623-0300. Across Dixie Highway from Waterford Road leading to track. This is the closest motel to the track.
Hartland - Best Western of Hartland, 10087 M-59 at US-23, 810-632-7177, 61 rooms. About 18 miles west.
Waterford – Quality Inn and Suites, 7076 Highland Road (M-59), 248-666-8555, 111 rooms. About 3 miles southwest.
Waterford – Waterford Motel, 2201 Dixie Hwy. at Telegraph Road, 248-338-4061, 50 rooms. About 6 miles southeast.
Waterford – Holiday Inn Express, 4350 Pontiac Lake Road, 248-674-3434, 83 rooms. About 7 miles southwest.
Whitmore Lake - Best Western of Whitmore Lake, 9897 Main St. (off US-23, exit 53), 734-449-2058, 61 rooms. About 33 miles southwest.





Monday, January 22, 2018

Annual HPVer gathering – Jan. 20, 2018

Saturday, Jan. 20, was the fifth annual gathering at the home of Bruce and Linda Gordon in Buchanan in southwest Michigan for the HPV community.
The "official" reason for the gathering is to review  the upcoming Human Powered Race America schedule and discuss possible rule changes and insurance matters.
Here's the possible schedule, of which only the Michigan and Nashville, Tenn., events are "for certain" as to being held and the dates.

May 19-20 – 34th annual Michigan HPV Rally, Clarkston.
Tentative:  July 14-15 – Northbrook, Ill. (usually Saturday) and Kenosha, Wis. (usually Sunday).
Tentative:  Aug. 18-19 – North Manchester, Ind.
Tentative:  Sept. 15-16 – Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Oct. 13-14 – Nashville, Tenn., in conjunction with Recumbent Cycle-Con, both events on the state fairgrounds.  The racing will be on the half-mile oval track.  More information and tentative schedule of events can be seen on recumbents.com, then click on "calendar."

In addition to HPRA matters, there also was lots of conversation, some of it about human powered vehicles, some "show and tell" and lots of food.  Thank you, Bruce and Linda.



Warren Beauchamp of Elgin, Ill., brought his still-in-progress tricycle.  Warren is recumbents.com webmaster.


Another view of Warren's project. It will be rear-wheel-drive.  All three wheels are 20-inches.
 The steering setup is temporary and will be replaced by levers on each side of the rider.


A front view shows Warren's beautifully smoothed brazed joints.  The carbon fiber boom tube holding the bottom bracket will fit over the stub in the center of the axle.  



Mike Mowett drove from Detroit in his empty van and went home with the Velox XS streamliner he's buying from Garrie Hill, who brought it from his home in Granville, Ohio.



Mike first saw – and sat in – the Velox XS at the World Human Powered Speed Challenge at Battle Mountain, Nevada, in 2012.  Notice the carbon fiber frame. The chain drives the rear wheel.  The streamliner was built by Hans van Vugt of the Netherlands and ridden in 2012 by his wife, Ellen, to 70.27 mph/113.08 kph. In 2016, when Garrie Hill was the owner, Florian Kowalik of Deerfield, Ill., pedaled 65.93 mph/106.10 kph at Battle Mountain to set the International HPV Association junior class record (ages 15-17). 




Mike took this photo of the Velox XS in 2012.  Hans then built another streamliner for his wife, so sold this one to Garrie Hill in 2013 and Mike transported it from Battle Mountain to Garrie's home.  Some work is needed before it's ready for Mike to race.  "This is a much more aerodynamic bike that the Norus (Mike's old streamliner, which he still owns)," he said. Mike's top speed on the Norus at Battle Mountain was 59 mph, so his goal in the Velox is to "definitely" go faster.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Michigan HPV Rally May 19-20, 2018

The 34th annual Michigan Human Powered Vehicle Rally will be May 19-20 at at the Waterford Hills sports car racing track on the Oakland County Sportsmen's Club grounds in Clarkston, near Pontiac – the location since 1986. 
This is the oldest such event in North America and is open to riders of all human powered vehicles — recumbents, streamliners, regular bicycles, tandems and hand cycles.
For those who remember the frost-on-car-windshields temperatures at the 2014 rally – the last time it was held in May – and wonder why we couldn't do it again in June, the answer, according to rally organizers Tedd and Donna Wheeler, is the only dates available at the track that month were June 1-2.  They thought that weekend might present a conflict with graduation-related activities for too many potential competitors.
The schedule of events and other information for May 18-19 will be posted here once it's all determined.