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.
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.
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.