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.
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.