Old man rolling

An update, mainly for those of you who get here via Googling “recumbent bike” or “OzHPV Challenge”….

The OzHPV Challenge last weekend attracted about 20 competitors (not counting the juniors) at the Go-Cart track at Wodonga which is equidistant between the two major concentrations of recumbent bike riders in Canberra and Melbourne. This way everyone is inconvenienced equally.

The track is twisty and only 700m long. The main event is the 30 lap road race. To win required a combination of raw speed/strength and a willingness to lean the bike into the corners… hard. Sadly, I lack the gung-ho to push it that hard.

The picture below is of the overall winner of the competition, Jamie Friday, who consistently won or placed in the top 3 in every event. His homemade coreflute fairing did seem to help his speed. As for me, well, I finished 11th. So, I guess I’m just an “average” rider. I’ll update this summary with a link to the results and a fullwriteup as soon as they are published.


3 Responses to “Old man rolling”

  1. 1 Doug April 11, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    On my computer, that picture looks like a polar bear eating marshmallows in a snowstorm.

  2. 2 microsoar April 11, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    Hmmm… should be OK now.

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