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.

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