Sunday, March 22, 2020

Will there be a Michigan HPV Rally in 2020?

Sunday, March 22, 2020

   With everything that is and isn't happening worldwide because of the 
coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, Mike Mowett and I want everyone
interested to know that as of now, the 36th annual Michigan Human
Powered Vehicle Rally is still scheduled May 16-17 at Waterford Hills
in Clarkston.  (See rally details below.  Entry fees, which are the same
as last year,have now been added.)
   We expect to decide by May 1 whether the rally will still be held then.
   The decision may be made for us, depending on what the Waterford 
Hills folks decide regarding car events scheduled at the track and what 
happens/is allowed in Michigan and nationwide as of mid-May.
   For instance, if gatherings larger than 50 people are still discouraged
or banned and restaurants are still limited to take-out only, it would
seem conducting the rally would be ill-advised, if not outright banned.
   Waterford Hills Road Racing issued a news release March 21
outlining the current situation and what might or might not happen 
concerning postponements or cancellations. Here's a key sentence:
   The board showed large agreement that sharing a decision on event 
status, with 2 weeks-in-advance-notification of the event, is our target 
to all participants, members, and volunteers.
   If you want to read the entire news release, go to www.waterfordhills.
com, then click on "news."
   If we cannot conduct the rally on May 16-17, there are 3 possibilities:
1) Cancel, that is, no rally in 2020; 2) hold the rally at a later date, if an
opening is available at Waterford Hills; and if not, 3) hold an informal
gathering/rally elsewhere.   What I have in mind is a one-day event on
a Saturday at a large parking lot or on roads that are little used on that
day, such as on a college campus, from maybe 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 
We could set up traffic cones and run a time trial and have plenty of
time to talk about and view HPVs.
   Please post your comments here on the blog or email me your 
thoughts to me at mikethebike2325@comcast.net and I will pass them
along to Mike Mowett.
   Currently, the only other race on the HPRA schedule is Dennis 
Grelk's event at Hawkeye Downs Raceway in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on 
Sept. 19-20.
   Obviously there are bigger concerns than if there will be a Michigan
HPV Rally. this year  May you and your families and friends stay safe 
and healthy and find time to ride your bicycle or tricycle.

Mike Eliasohn, Michigan HPV Rally co-chairman

    

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