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“HPV Enjoyable Day” At Hellyer Velodrome – BionicOldGuy

Immediately I attended “HPV enjoyable day”, a particular once-a-year occasion at Hellyer Velodrome. A neighborhood couple organizes this, renting the velodrome after which inviting members to come back simply check out the velodrome or enter races. I did a bit of every. I rode my electric-assist recumbent down the Coyote Creek path from Morgan Hill to the velodrome. I then rode on the velodrome for a number of laps in the course of the open observe interval. That is enjoyable as I didn’t really feel assured on the banking at first however it got here again to me after a few laps. I used to be quickly having fun with going as much as the highest, working up a head of steam, then swooping right down to the underside line, simulating the flying begin of a 200-meter time trial.

The primary occasion was the time trial. I wasn’t blazingly quick however it felt nice and was a enjoyable expertise. There was a break after the time trial so I rode some extra laps as a cooldown. All the opposite occasions have been group rides, which I promised my spouse I’d keep away from as a result of I’ve crashed at this velodrome up to now. So I headed again. I used electrical help on the rides there and again, however rode unassisted on the velodrome. It was an incredible day, I loved the driving, seeing a wide range of unique bikes and trikes, and chatting with fellow members.

My buddy Russell is on his Lightning P-38 with partial fairing. Simply above the large blue stripe on the backside of the banking is a black line. It’s ultimate to remain at that line for a time trial. For a flying begin, you rise up to the pace on the prime of the banking, then swoop right down to the black line as you cross the beginning, for an exhilarating enhance from gravity.
A few uncommon recumbents, each front-wheel drive. On the left is a manufacturing Cruzbike, which “pedal steers”, which means the pedals transfer with the entrance wheel as you flip. I used to have a lower-end a type of, it takes some getting used to however is enjoyable to experience. On the appropriate, that home made bike has a set growth out to the pedals in order that they don’t transfer if you flip. As a substitute, the near-vertical a part of the chains will get twisted when turning. These (together with their riders) have been each very quick.
Two fully-faired trikes, extremely quick. I received to talk with the proprietor of the yellow one which has raced at Battle Mountain, Nevada, the place world information have been set.
A facet view of the yellow “velocar”
One of many front-wheel-drive bikes with a standard rear-wheel-drive bike behind it
An array of trikes

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