I had a very pleasant Saturday hanging out at the Michigan Human Powered Vehicle Association Rally, at the Waterford Hills race track. I haven’t been to this event in years. This is a picture that I found on the recumbents.com website. Warren Beauchamp keeps this site up to date, and also as an archival record of all things recumbent related. This way future generations can enjoy the sight of the hideous purple windsock that I had on my Challenge Hurricane on that day in 2001. I’m talking to my friend and TBCA member John Foltz, who will be showing up later in this post, eleven years later.
After a pleasant evening camping with the Michigan Muzzle loaders (I went to the wrong campsite, arriving in the dead of night), I broke camp and took a very short drive to the infield of the racetrack. Here the U of T team is waking up. Calvin discovers that there is WiFi here. If I had known, I would have blogged from the track, like Din did.
Looking around the infield, I saw many familiar faces, and many interesting bikes. Here is Rick Wianecki with his hybrid velomobile. It was much more finished than when I took pictures of the velomobile a couple of years ago.
Here it is with the roof on. Rick has many project builds documented on the recumbents.com site, including the velomobile.
HPRA rules require rear view mirrors to provide vision to both the left and right sides. Here is Danielle in Vortex, checking if she can see anything in the mirrors that have just been taped on.
I liked the mirrors on Dave Johnson’s streamliner, Great White (which was built many years ago by Rick). Although you can’t tell from this angle, the left mirror is mounted in a cut down plastic wine glass.
The first event of the day was the hour race. Here the streamliners (and partially faired racers) were lining up on the grid. U of T is off to the side since they wanted to hand launch after the initial flurry.
Brian showed up with two Strideride bikes. They are basically a stairstepper on wheels. He has just started to market these US built machines. They were fun to try out. It was particularly interesting to be so high up, since you are standing on the machine as you ride. Here Cam is trying it out.
After lunch, the hill climb / coast down ran in parallel with the urban transportation contest. The UTC was run by Paul Pancella. Paul and I did the timing at Battle Mountain a couple of years back. Here Paul is doing the static inspection on Tim’s commuter. Tim is a good friend, and the director of the MSU Bike Shop, as well as a cycling advocate.
The UTC contest involved a static inspection, which had both an inventory of features such as lights, reflectors, lock and tools, and various measurements of the bike and the rider on bike. The turning radius test was next, and then a timing event where the rider had to grab some grocery bags, ride around a short course, and then try to stop in a minimum distance. Here is Wally hauling groceries. He would ride around the course with the bags hung from his arms.
I rode the Aiolos for fun, and if I am reading the results correctly, I see that I beat one of the students who rode the Speedmachine (and his name will not be revealed for his protection). Got to keep the whippersnappers in line.
I could only stay for the first day, but it was just as well as I stupidly forgot to pack a hat and sunscreen, and I picked up quite the sunburn on my neck.
A big thanks to the organizers for running such a great event. In particular, they were very patient with our team as they cycled through multiple riders in each bike for every event. The main goal for the team was to give everyone seat time in the various bikes, and all the racers and organizers were very accommodating.
Update: Tim has posted a bunch of his photos here.