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HPV - Human Powered Vehicle Race
Cheddar Challenge - Kenosha, WI

DON: You went to a bicycle race? Yep! Don't roll your eyes at me or I'll sick the "Great White" on you. These racers could teach auto racers a ton about aerodynamics, friction and fitness. I loved the track, it was like a mini Bristol Motor Speedway. The only things missing were a ton of wrecks and a couple fights after the race. There were many moments when I thought there was going to be a crash, but never a time when I thought a fight was going to break out. Actually the racers were very supportive of each other, including cheering each other on during the races. Bev and I had a great time and plan on attending another race in the future.

BEVERLY: I was so impressed that I had worked up to 2 miles on my bike without a sweat. Imagine my disappointment when I see the streamliners go 63 laps, each being 330 meters. The race was so exciting! I held my breath on a couple of the passes. Rob Wood, winner of the streamliner race, told me he was up to 38 mph but had to try to slow a little in the turns. Dave Johnson in the Great White streamliner had a minor accident during the 200m timed event. When he came into the warmup track too fast after his run, he actually turned over in the grass. He wasn't hurt but it did hurt the performance of his vehicle in the actual race. It's too bad because he ran well in the 200.

All-in-all it was a great day. The weather we expected didn't materialize and it was a great day for an HPV race!

Weekend highlights:

  • Talking to Karsten Fabien and finding out his "Secret" was doing nothing special to prepare for the race, unless you count having a double Whopper. I feel sorry for the competition. He won both stock class races.
  • Talking aerodynamics with Sean Costin - He had some great food for thought. In fact, we're going to broadcast his interview on Speed Talk.

More at: www.recumbents.com

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Pre-race prep
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Practice for a stocker
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Practice for a streamliner
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Drivers meeting
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Stagging area for 200m
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Nice timing equipment
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Kids get ready for 200m
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This bike was for sale, only $1700
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Multi-rider ready for 200m
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They really pushed themselves
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Superstocker with rear fairing
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Superstocker with small front fairing
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Superstreeter with full fairing
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Front fairing and flexible covering
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The "PopCycle"
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My kind of design, function before form
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Stockers ready for 200m
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They even had a small grandstand, Bev is pleased
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Streamliner prep work
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Dave Johnson ready for the 200m
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After fast time in 200m "Great White" had a hard landing
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A little help please
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Thank You!
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"Woody" streamliner
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Sean Costin's streamliner ready for 200m
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Rob Wood 's streamliner was a rocket ship
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"Piranha" streamliner
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Superstocks, Superstreets and Streamliners ready for undetermined length race
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"Great White" off to early lead
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Handling problems cut into "Great White's" lead
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Blue and green streamliners run down the leader
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Leaders pass a Superstreet bike
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Sean Costin holds off Rob Wood, for now
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Streamliner passes Superstock
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White knuckle moment when riders go four wide
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"Piranha" and the "PopCycle" do battle
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Patriotic bike
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Superstreeter in middle of banking
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This guy is having too much fun
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"Piranha" in action
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All I could say was WOW when this thing went past me in the corners
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Rob Wood recovers from terrible start to win by a couple laps
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Sean Costin finishes second
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Cool down after impressive victory
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Stockers ready for their race
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These guys were in great physical condition
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Into turn one
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These two fought it out for most of the race
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Ran a very solid third
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The checkered flag for Karsten Fabien
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Don interviewing Sean Costin after the race
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Don interviewing Karsten Fabien after his two victories
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The trophy? A cheese hat


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