This past weekend was the annual HPV rally run by the Michigan Human Powered Vehicle Association, on a (auto) racing track at the Waterford Sportsmans’ Club in Clarkston MI. I got there a little late, but in time to see the last couple of events on Saturday.
Here is the U of Toronto HPVDT.
When I got there, everyone was in line to do the combination hill climb / coastdown event. Here are Warren and Dennis chatting.
Florian is now a 5′ 10″ tall High School junior already planning ahead for college.
It was fun to see Genevieve hammering away inside Sharie Brick’s old Micro Moby streamliner. FB video here.
Proud father Fran with just two of his kids that were at the track.
Jackrabbit Jim Iwaskow.
Sherry in Vortex.
Jeff Hunn was riding a fully faired Greenspeed trike. He said that if there was enough interest, the American Greenspeed distributor would consider importing them.
This is what it looks like with the lid closed.
Garrie Hill hanging out on his monster trike.
This fellow rode about 30 miles to the event on this fully loaded touring bike. It has a stereo system inside the handlebar fairing. The black rims on the rims are Revo lights, which I didn’t get a chance to see lit up.
It was good to see Paul Pancella back running the Urban transportation event. Rev. Bruce is looking skeptical about how practical a Jester is.
What is this mysterious object?
If you guessed that it is a trailer hitch on the side of the Milan velomobile, you are correct!
Given that there was a high probability for rain on Sunday, it was decided to run the sprints before quitting time on Saturday. What follows is an image dump of many riders going through the traps.
The timing was manual since Garrie’s optical system was not behaving.
Darryl on his trike.
Milan velomobile. You can see the road rash that it picked up earlier that day.
Sorry I zoomed in too far on Richard Myers. He is a very fast 79 years young.
A blurry picture of the Micro Moby (she was going too fast).
I can’t see how she sees out of the fairing. Hopefully Fran will raise her seat before Battle Mountain this fall.
Dan in the Vortex clone.
Dan in the Milwaukee Flyer.
Two upright bikes looking a little out of place.
The flames make this velo faster.
Ye olde battle scarred Vortex.
The faired Greenspeed.
After the sprints, people started getting ready to camp out for the evening.
Here is that touring bike parked, and all the camping stuff deployed for the evening.
Dennis sharing a pan of cookie/brownies.
Bruce decorating the team’s carbon fibre longboard.
The Grelk compound has a separate tent for the bike. Dennis says that the bike is Richard’s Mody, and that his bikes live in the trailer.
HPVDT chowing down on some pasta that looked better than what I got at the Big Boy.
Guess who fits inside CO2?
There was a meeting of the MIHPVA, with some discussion of how the organizers are tired of running both the club and this event. As per usual for such discussions, it was decided that since Mike Mowett was not present at this meeting, he should take over running next year’s event.
Unfortunately, it started raining before dawn, and around nine in the morning it didn’t look like it would let up any time soon so it was decided to scrub the rest of the event.
The announcing of the winners of the various classes.
Full results are available here.
HPVDT gets ready to hit the road.
The bike touring guy rides off in the rain, stereo blaring.
Thanks to all the organizers: Mike, Mike, Bill, Bruce, Garrie and Paul, etc. It was fun to see old friends once again. Hopefully the event will be able to continue, as it is a unique venue for HPV racing, and it is always fun, even when some of the weekend is rained out.
Next up for HPRA: a double shot of Northbrook.
Update: the HPVDT’s own blog post on the weekend.