The 36th annual Michigan Human Powered Vehicle Rally will be May 16-17,
2020, at the Waterford Hills sports car racing track in Clarkston, the location
The oldest such event in North America is open to riders of all human
powered vehicles – recumbents, streamliners, regular bicycles, tandems
There are classes for streamlined, unstreamlined cycles, tandems, women,
youth and tricycles. The rally is conducted using Human Powered Race
America rules (go to 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 mirroror mirrors enabling rear
vision to both sides.
The track, on the grounds of the Oakland County Sportsmen’s Club, is
1.4 miles around, with nine turns and one hill. Sunday races use a shorter
course without the hill.
Entry fees: $20 for one day, $35 for two days. College and high school teams
registering in advance, $35 for first vehicle and rider; $10 for each additional
vehicle or rider. Spectators free. We anticipate starting online advance
registration in mid-April – if it looks like we will still conduct the rally on the
Prize money will be awarded to top finishers in each class.
Free camping available at track Friday and Saturday nights, with indoor
Even if you don’t want to compete, come and see some unusual
and very fast cycles.
SATURDAY, May 16
8 a.m. – Registration and technical inspection starts.
9:30 – One-hour time trial (streamliner, streetliner, tricycle classes).
11 – One-hour time trial (stock, junior, women, tandem classes).
Noon – lunch, concession stand at track will be open.
12:15 p.m. – Hot laps on short loop, all classes, ride as many laps as
you want; your fastest lap counts, electronic timing.
1:30-2:30 – Hill climb/coast down. Race up the hill from a standing start,
then when you get to the top, start coasting. Coast as far as you can go,
then mark your stopping point with chalk (provided). Separate scores/points
for time up the hill and distance coasted.
After 2:30 – Tricycle race (no hill) and urban transportation contest.
Dinner at local restaurants. Track will be open in evening for riding.
8:30-9:30 a.m. – Flying start 200-foot sprints (all classes).
10 – Short course (no hill) road race (faired classes), about 12 miles.
11 – Short course (no hill) road race (unfaired classes), about 9 miles.
Awards ceremony after last race, expected by 12:30 p.m. Concession
stand expected to be open.
Questions: Contact Mike Eliasohn (firstname.lastname@example.org,
269-281-0797) or Mike Mowett (email@example.com, 586-863-3902)
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:
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 "things to do,”
then “camping,” then “find a campground,” then “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 Sports-
men’s Congress Horseshoe Lake Campground, 1050 E. Oakwood Road,
Oxford, 248-628-3859, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, www.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 – Days Inn by Wyndham Whitemore Lake, 9897 Main St.
(off US-23, exit 53), 734-550-0105, 61 rooms. About 33 miles southwest.
Note: The Michigan Human Powered Vehicle Association was formed in
July 1984 and officially came to an end Sept. 30, 2016, due to a lack of
active members willing to continue to run the organization. However, the
Michigan HPV Rally continues this year and hopefully in future years. This
blog, website (www.mhpva.org) and Facebook page