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IHPVA Updates rules for Vehicle Starts    

A statement from the IPHVA board, as of March 28th, 2017:

 

The board has had a long discussion about various aspects of the flying start rules. As a result of this long discussion, we have recently passed two motions. Detailed wording of rule changes remain to be worked out.  However, the board felt strongly that the result of these two motions should be communicated without further delay.

 

The first motion concerned launch carts, and the ban on such devices was upheld unanimously. Launch carts were ruled to be a violation of the vehicle integrity rule. We are aware that such a ban may discourage the development of certain HPV designs. However, if launch carts were to be allowed, this could encourage the development of vehicles that become utterly dependent on them to start, and it was felt that is not a direction that the original spirit of the HPV rules should encourage. Furthermore, defining an exception to the vehicle integrity rule could open a Pandora’s box of devices and approaches that also skirt this rule.

The second motion concerned the use of skates by launch assistants.

The use of skates by launch assistants is banned, effective January 1, 2018. This issue was more controversial, and the vote in favor was not unanimous. However, rationale for the skate ban was the equivalence between the pusher/skater combination with pushers plus a launch cart. The majority of the board felt that if launch carts were not allowed, skaters shouldn’t be allowed as well. We are aware that several teams use skaters for launches at WHPSC. We felt that a delayed implementation of this rule would allow adequate time for teams to retrain their people, and to adjust their vehicle designs if necessary.

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WHPSC 2017    

The 18th annual World Human Powered Speed Challenge will again be held in Battle Mountain, Nevada from September 11th-16th, 2017. 

 

The world’s fastest bicycles will attempt to break the human powered land speed record.

The challenge is against the forces of nature and the viscosity of the air itself. The record to beat is an amazing 89.59 mph set by Todd Reichert in 2016 when 10 countries from around the globe came to compete. Teams from France, Russia, Japan, Canada, Italy, Mexico, USA, the Netherlands and Britain, including many collegiate teams, brought their high-tech pedal powered bullet-bikes to achieved amazing speeds setting many National and World records.

Click here for a full press release:http://ihpva.org/whpsc2017-press-release.htm including information and links for Graeme Obree's film "Battle Mountain" about his experience at the 2013 event.

For more information or press inquires contact Al or Alice Krause,  WHPSC  event organizers at a.krause@sbcglobal.net  707-443-8261 before the event 707-845-3683 or 707-845-3643 during the event or the Lander County Convention and Tourism Bureau at 775-635-1112

Exciting WHPSC News !    

Paula Tomera, Executive director of the Lander County Convention and Tourism Authority (LCCAT) has written:

We have some very exciting news for The World Human Powered Speed Challenge. 

LCCAT is working on the feasibility of developing our own track and possibly facilities for the WHPSC off Highway 305. We are still working out the details as well as the location. 

What I need from all of you is a support letter for the event and a new track. The potential impact this could have on our event could be tremendous! 

Also anyone interested in extending your talents to us in developing this project would be greatly appreciated.”


If you support this project, please contact Paula at 775-635-1112,  landercta@gmail.com or mail your letters to Paula Tomera, Executive Director, Lander County Convention & Tourism Authority, 470 Broad Street, Battle Mountain, NV. 89820 or contact Al & Alice Krause at a.krause@sbcglobal.net

New 1-hour and 6-hour records set by Matthias König    

On July 9th, 2016 Mathias König set two new world records at Aldenhoven, Germany, riding a Milan SL MKII:

6-Hour Men's, Standing Start:

  • 234.13 miles, 376.79 km at an average speed of 39.02 mph, 62.80 kph.

1-Hour  Men's, Standing Start (Single Rider, Multitrack):

  • 42.32 miles, 68.11 km.
New World Records at WHPSC 2016    

During the week of September 12 – 17, 2016 several new records were set for the 200M Flying Start Speed Trial on successive days at Battle Mountain, Nevada:

 

Sarah Piercy – Women’s Arm Powered (Multitrack): 24.85 mph (39.99 kph);

 

Florian Kowalik – Men’s Junior (Age 15 to 17 years): 62.69 mph (100.88 kph),  63.86 mph (102.77 kph) & 65.93 mph (106.10 kph);

 

Gareth Hanks – Men’s Multitrack: 73.95 mph (119.01 kph);

 

Todd Reichert – Men’s: 88.26 mph (142.04 kph) & 89.59 mph (144.17 kph).

 

For full results and information from WHPSC 2016, go to the WHPSC pages at http://whpsc.org

Another World Record at WHPSC 2016    

Florian Kowalik again rode the Gee Bee  to a new Men’s Junior (Age 15 to 17 years) record on September 15th, 2016. His speed of 63.86 mph (102.77 kph)  exceeds his previous record of  62.69 mph (100.88 kph), set the previous day. 

For current  results and information  from WHPSC 2016, go to  the WHPSC pages at  http://whpsc.org

New World Records at WHPSC 2016    

 

New 200 meter Flying Start  records were set at Battle Mountain, Nevada on September 14th:

Todd Reichert rode the Eta at 88.26 mph (142.04 kph) to set  a new  Men’s record. This eclipses his previous record of 86.65 mph (139.46kph) set on September 19th, 2015 at the same location.

Florian Kowalik rode the Gee Bee at 62.69 mph (100.88 kph)  to set a new Men’s Junior (Age 15 to 17 years) record. This exceeds the previous record of 61.45 mph (98.89 kph) set by Mackie Martin  at Battle Mountain on September 18th, 2003.

For current  results and information  from WHPSC 2016, go to  the WHPSC pages at  http://whpsc.org

New Men's 1-hour Multitrack record    

Pieter Pas has set a new Men's 1-hour, Standing start, Multitrack record of 43.92 miles (70.68 kilometers) riding the PP3.0. He set the record at the Dekra track in Klettwitz, Germany on July 24th, 2016.

The previous record of 36.94 miles (59.45 kilometers) was set by Al Voigt in the Vector in May 1980.

Congratulations Pieter !

WHPSC 2016    

WHPSC 2016 will be held at Battle Mountain, Nevada  on September 12th -17th, 2016.

 

Click for the WHPSC 2016 Web pages:  http://www.recumbents.com/wisil/whpsc2016/speedchallenge.htm

WHPSC 2015 Results    

 

An exciting event with several new world records !

Check out Mike Mowett's Ms Excel-format  chart of the results with comprehensive information about each rider and their HPVs.

The approved official records are posted  on the IHPVA records pages.

More World Records at WHPSC 2015     

On Thursday morning, Sept 17th,  Todd Reichert set a new Men's 200M record of 85.71 mph in Team AeroVelo's Eta.

The new record is  2.58 mph faster than the 83.13 mph record set by   Sebastiaan Bouwier of HPV Team Delft in  Velox 3 on  September 14th, 2013. 

On Friday evening, Sept 18th, Todd set another record at 86.50 mph in Eta. On Saturday evening, Sept 19th, Todd went even faster, recording 86.65 mph.

 

AeroVelo Team - image courtesy of Cindy Lu Turner

New Records at WHPSC 2015    

New records were set on Monday, Sept 14th at Battle Mountain:

  •  Florian Kowalik set a Men's   Junior Multi-track (trike) record of 53.41 mph in   Completely Overzealous 2 (CO2). This is the first-time entry in this specific class, which does  not have any   previous record. Florian susbsequently raised his speed to 57.92  mph on Thursday, Sept 17th.  
 
  • Liz McTernan reached 24.72 mph in an unfaired handcycle, beating the prior record of 21.39 mph, which was set by Michelle Malewicki in 1992.

On Tuesday, Sept 15th,  Ellen van Vugt set a new Women's Multi-track record of 51.91 mph in Completely Overzealous 2 (CO2)  and then raised it on Sept 17th to a second record of 54.453 mph, in the same vehicle. 

 

Keep abreast of all the Battle Mountain results at WHPSC.ORG

World Human Powered Speed Challenge 2015    

The 2015 World Human Powered Speed Championships will be held  September 14th -  19th at  Battle Mountain, Nevada for the 16th consecutive year of racing. SR 305 provides  one of  the straightest, smoothest and most ideal road surfaces in the world for HPV records.

The 4,619ft (1,408m) altitude road allows riders an acceleration zone of over 4 miles, enabling them to reach their maximum velocity before being timed over a 200 meter distance. The section of the road used for this event was newly refinished in 2009, with a smooth surface specially prepared for human powered vehicle racing by Frehner Construction and the Nevada Department of Transportation, using a Nevada Department of Tourism Grant from the US government.

BM 2015 image


Click here for a PDF copy of the 2015 Poster.

 

Be sure to follow the action daily and  check the  event website  for links, updates, results and photos.

A list of the planned entrants can be seen here.  

Check out Mike Mowett's  unofficial but very interesting lists of riders and records to be challenged.  The complete information is also available in Excel format.

 

Contributions to the WHPSC Prize Fund would be greatly appreciated.

Please check out the WHPSC and IHPVA  pages on Facebook

Special notes for competitors, teams and volunteers:

1.  IHPVA Rule 3.2.3.2 Flying Start has been revised to permit push assists by  no more than 3 persons per single rider vehicle with an additional 1 person  per additional rider (e.g. Tandem).   The complete rules can be found at the IHPVA Rules page. 

2. The Start Order Selection Process is detailed here.

    3. WHPSC forms and information are now available:

4. Note that launch dollies or carts will no longer be allowed at the WHPSC  after 2015.

World Human Powered Speed Challenge 2014    

During the week of September 8th -  13th,  2014,  22 cyclists from from 8 countries will gather on SR305 outside  Battle Mountain, Nevada for the 15th consecutive year of racing on what is arguably the straightest, smoothest and most ideal road surface in the world for HPV records.

 Mike Mowett has posted a list of the current entrants here

The 4,619ft (1,408m) altitude road allows riders an acceleration zone of over 4 miles, enabling them to reach their maximum velocity before being timed over a 200 meter distance. The section of the road used for this event was newly refinished in 2009, with a smooth surface specially prepared for human powered vehicle racing by Frehner Construction and the Nevada Department of Transportation, using a Nevada Department of Tourism Grant from the US government.


Be sure to follow the action daily, check the  event website for links, updates, results and photos!

Barring any unforeseen complications or technical weirdnesses, you should be able to see live coverage from the post racing wrap-up meetings on the  USTREAM  channel.

Please contribute to the  WHPSC   prize fund.

 

 

Check out the Facebook groups for the  WHPSC   and the  IHPVA.

World Human Powered Speed Challenge 2013    

28 cyclists from 8 countries will compete this year! Look for daily results and pictures here
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Baring any unforeseen complications you should be able to see live coverage from the post racing wrap-up meetings here.

Find the WHPSC group on Facebook!

The IHPVA also has a Facebook group!

Two new competition classes established    

The IHPVA has established two new competition classes for Junior Riders and Multitrack Vehicles. The purpose of the classes is to recognize prior achievements by younger riders and multi-wheeled vehicles and to promote their activity and development in the future. 

Achievements in both classes will be recognized retroactively back to September 19th, 1980 – the incorporation date of the IHPVA.

The junior classes recognize three age groups – 11 years and under, 12 -14 and 15-17. Multitrack vehicles have three or more contact points with the ground and a minimum track width of 250 mm. This covers the increasingly popular tricycle configuration.

They are subclasses of current classes which include men’s and women's, so a junior female riding a tricycle in a 200m sprint would be classified as 200 Meter Speed Trial- Women’s – Multitrack- Junior 12-14 years, for example.

For full details of these new rules please go to the IHPVA website and click on ‘Rules’ at the top of the page.

Chris Broome

November 2012
WHPSC 2012    

During the week of September 10th through September 15th 2012, cyclists from around the world including Australia, France, Russia, Scotland, USA, Canada, and the Netherlands will gather on SR305 outside of Battle Mountain, Nevada for the 13th consecutive year of racing on what is arguably the straightest, smoothest and most ideal road surface in the world for HPV records.


The 4,619ft (1,408m) altitude road allows riders an acceleration zone of over 4 miles, enabling them to reach their maximum velocity before being timed over a 200 meter distance. The section of the road used for this event was newly refinished in 2009, with a smooth surface specially prepared for human powered cycle racing by Frehner Construction and the Nevada Department of Transportation using a Nevada Department of Tourism Grant from the US government.


Be sure to follow the action daily, check the event website for links, updates, results and photos!


Also visit the USTREAM channel set up for the event, we plan to cover the post run wrap-up meetings twice daily, technology permitting
 


special thanks to Newmont Mining Corporation for their annual support


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World Human Powered Speed Challenge 2011    

The 12th annual World Human Powered Speed Challenge returns to Battle Mountain Nevada September 12-17 2011


Proudly sponsored by Hydrive Energy and brought to you by the IHPVA.


Check the event website for daily updates, results and photos!

 

check here for the Hydrive TV commercial!

 

there is a USTREAM channel set up for the event we hope to cover the post run wrap-up meetings twice daily, technology permitting

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/whpsc

World Human Powered Speed Challenge    

The 11th annual World Human Powered Speed Challenge returns to Battle Mountain Nevada September 13-18 2010

Proudly sponsored by Hydrive Energy and brought to you by the IHPVA.

Check the event website for daily updates, results and photos!

check here for the Hydrive tv commercial!

HPV News on the way    

The next issue of HPV News and the 2010 Membership Roster is in the mail, some of you may have already received them.


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