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“HPV Enjoyable Day” At Hellyer Velodrome – BionicOldGuy

At present I attended “HPV enjoyable day”, a special once-a-year event at Hellyer Velodrome. An area couple organizes this, renting the velodrome after which inviting contributors to return simply check out the velodrome or enter races. I did just a little 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 through the open apply interval. That is enjoyable as I didn’t really feel assured on the banking at first nevertheless 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 nevertheless 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 prior 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 ideal day, I loved the using, seeing quite a lot of unique bikes and trikes, and chatting with fellow contributors.

My pal 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 supreme to remain at that line for a time trial. For a flying begin, you rise up to the pace on the high 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”, that means the pedals transfer with the entrance wheel as you flip. I used to have a lower-end a kind of, it takes some getting used to however is enjoyable to journey. On the proper, that do-it-yourself bike has a hard and fast increase out to the pedals so that they don’t transfer once you flip. As an alternative, 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 acquired 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 traditional rear-wheel-drive bike behind it
An array of trikes

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