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Racing EVs and recumbents at PIR

Posted by on May 29th, 2006 at 6:18 am

Human Powered Challenge

On Saturday I went out to Portland International Raceway to check out the annual Human Powered Challenge.

I ended up catching a bit of the Electric Vehicle races and recumbent sprints. Unfortunately rain dampened spirits just a bit…but not enough to keep the diehard HPVers from competing.

Human Powered Challenge
[Henry Cobb’s first race.]

I met this cool kid named Henry Cobb from Gresham. He was there with his family, racing a recumbent for the first time. He may look like a cute little kid, but out on the course he’s a real terror…pumping his pedals and rocking his ‘bent side-to-side.

I also met Sherman Coventry, owner of Coventry Cycle Works on SE Hawthorne Blvd. Coventry is known as the recumbent headquarters in Portland. Sherman has been a long-time supporter of this event and he was the honorary checkered flag holder during the sprints.

Human Powered Challenge

Of all the cycling sub-cultures, the HPV crowd are the most accepting. They’re like the melting pot of bike groups. There was a huge range of vehicles on hand and they all seemed to just intermingle.

There were all types of recumbents at the event including; a carbon-fiber, fully-faired trike from Portland State University (the “Vike Trike”), a do-it-yourself special, and then there was this bike. Not sure how he fit in, but no one seemed to care too much.

For more photos of the event, check out my Human Powered Challenge gallery and don’t miss Aaron Tarfman’s great photos of the event.


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