Welcome to the website of OzHPV.

OzHPV is a collection of people in Australia, mainly recumbent cycle riders, who have a keen interest in human powered vehicles (HPVs). We conduct regular social rides as well as national events/rides and publish a regular newsletter.

OzHPV was established in 1997 as the Australian association for recumbent and human power enthusiasts. OzHPV is the Australian affiliate organisation of WHPVA, the World Human Power Vehicle Association which represents over 15 countries worldwide.

Join or renew membership to OzHPV - It's as low as $25 per year! Membership falls due 1 January 2017! Here's Membership Information. You can join online.

Why do we call our vehicles HPVs? Because:

  • in competitions we allow any form of human powered vehicle, including those that are not recognised by the UCI,
  • bicyclists are often not recumbent,
  • not all tricycles are necessarily recumbents,
  • not all recumbents are bicycles,
  • watercraft certainly aren't recumbent bicycles,
  • aircraft pilots are often recumbent, but they don't use their wheels often,
  • we encourage ingenuity, and the use of human power, without restriction.


Upcoming World Record Attempts - Volunteer Observers Required!

There will be several world record attempts made at Chelsea Velodrome on the March 11-13 long weekend.
Attempts will be made in the following categories:
24hr distance record – tandem (Jeff Neilsen & Tim Marquardt) - WHPVA
1 hr distance record – unfaired trike (TBA) - WRRA
1 hr distance record – cargo bike (TBA) – Not sure…

At least two OzHPV members are required to volunteer as observers. If interested please contact Tim directly on tim@trisled.com.au.

It's also likely that speed trials will also be run at Ford over the 4 day Easter break. These will be similar to those run at Christmas, but will likely include a 24hr run as well.

Annual General Meeting Outcomes.
Elected committee members:
President – Vacant
Secretary – Richard Ferris
Treasurer – Chris Curtis
Committee Members:
- Peter Heal
- Tim Corbett
- Steve Nurse
Website Manager – Andrew Stewart
Public Officer – Andrew Stewart

Note the constitution does not permit a member to hold an executive position for more than two years, hence the President position remains vacant unless a member puts their hand up to fill the role...anyone interested?

OzHPV Speed Trials at Ford Proving Ground - Day 2 summary:

Unperturbed by the looming threat of storms, the teams from Phantom, Trisled and Monash arrived bright and early at 6:30am on the hope that conditions would be improved from the earlier day.

Riders were greeted with still weather conditions and a 200m speed trap that had been setup the day before. After a brief delay to get track spotters on the course, riders were underway with some early success.

After this, the timing setup was quickly reverted to 1hr/6hr speed attempts, and the longer duration attempts were underway by 8:15am. The speeds were fast for several hours until the sun load proved difficult with most retiring for the afternoon to shelter from the heat and mid afternoon storms. A smaller group returned to the track at 6pm to re-attempt the hour and flying 200m attempts.

The Monash team spent the best part of the day on the inside track practicing launches and catches, but managed to get out onto the CST for a complete lap of the circuit with a chase vehicle in their preparation for Battle mountain later this this year, with more launches and catches with their complete fairing and video camera setup on the main CST course during the afternoon after the rain storm passed.

Provisional results (in chronological order)

Flying 200m trials
Rhys Bartlett - Phantom Mini-T - 87.5 km/hr (new aust record)
Jack Marshall U17 - Trisled - 75.7km/hr (new aust record)
Tori Barnes - Trisled CO3 - 74.8km/hr (new aust womens record)
Lochy Evenden U17 - Trisled - 72.7km/hr 
Taiki Skipwiph U17 - Treisled - 79.1 km/hr (illegal wind)

1hr and 6hr attempts
Unfaired multitrack attemtps
Brenton Hassett - Trisled Barely Overzealous - 42.104km (new WRRA world record)
Rhys Bartlett - Mini-T chassis - 40.864km
Jeffrey Nielsen - Triseld Barely Overzealous - 42.189km (new WRRA world record)

Faired attempts
Jack Matthews u17 - Trisled - 56.505km
Aaron Pankhurst - Trisled - 50.497km
Ned Volk - Phantom mini-T - 67.1km (1st hour of his aborted 6 hr attempt)

Evening Flying 200m attempts
Tori Barnes - Trisled CO3 - 76.something (new australian womens record)
Gareth Hanks - All Overzealous - 93.2 km/hr (new Australian mens record)
Tim Corbett - Phantom Mini-T - 77.9 km/hr

Twenty Years of OzHPV Incorporated
OzHPV became an incorporated association on 12 May 1997.
That means this is the twentieth birthday year for OzHPV.
It’s ironic that enthusiasm seems to be at a particularly low point going into what should be a high point of the association’s history.
We struggle to get members to come to the annual rally, volunteer for committee positions and generally to come on organised OzHPV events.
So what big event should OzHPV be organising for 2017 to celebrate reaching 20 years and are you going to support it?

New Australian HPV Records Ratified!

Over the March Easter weekend a number of records were attempted at the Ford Proving Ground at Lara. The following records have been ratified by OzHPV:

Tim Corbett: 326.562 km travelled in 6 hours from a standing start. (Australian men’s 6 hr record)
Tim Corbett: 628.721 km travelled in 12 hours from a standing start. (Australian men’s 12 hr record)
James Goodall: 69.597 km travelled in 1 hour from a standing start. (Australian junior men's 1 hr record)
Kyle Lierich: 77.301 km travelled in 1 hour from a standing start. (Australian men’s 1 hr record).

Congratulations to all those involved!

More information on Australian records can be found here.

HUFF - OzHPV's e-magazine

Members can send their contributions to our newsletter editor Steve Nurse. Steve is not a Facebook user so emails to huff@ozhpv.org.au will get to him.

Steve has also recently found some very early Australian HPV related journals:

Manpower #1 1982 (PDF 1.19 MB): Describes the formation of the Australian HPV Association (4 pages) and includes a fascinating article on streamlining.

HPV Times #1 1990 (PDF 587 kB): This is the first edition of HPV News, and has articles about the ACT HPV challenge, practical vehicles and the development of the BLUEBELL HPV.

HPV Times #2 1990 (PDF 750 kB): 23 pages that include articles about the Zipper Car-cycle, 1990 World solar challenge and NSW energy challenge.

HPV Times #3 1991 (PDF 2.99 MB): A special trike issue (28 pages).

HPV Times #4 1992 (PDF 2.75 MB): Articles on utalitarian cycles, letters to the editor and more (32 pages).

Laid Back #1 1994 (PDF5.9 MB): Articles on 24 hour records, a tour of the Nullarbor, 1994 Australian HPV championships and more (22 pages).

Laid Back #2 1995 (PDF3.8 MB): Articles on the World HPV championships, what's on and "My HPV", and more (28 pages).

Upcoming Events

2017 OzHPV Challenge
Steve Nurse has been plugging away at various options to have the 2017 OzHPV Challenge run in conjunction with some other big cycling event and get some spin off from their promotion.
More details when available.

Recent Events

Ride Report for OzHPV Howlong Bakery Ride 3-Jan-16

A cool, humid morning with an overcast sky greeted riders as they arrived at Howlong Bakery for the inaugural OzHPV Howlong Bakery Ride on Sunday 3-Jan-16. Being predominantly flat, the course is recumbent friendly as it travels anti-clockwise through Rutherglen, Chiltern and Barnawartha on quiet country roads, taking in scenic vistas of local farmlands, wineries and the Mt Pilot ranges.

8am and we're off, heading out of Howlong to the bemusement of some locals out getting their morning paper, milk & loaf of bread. The first 10km or so has a few gentle rolling hills but after that it's flat all the way into Rutherglen. Add to that mix a stonking tailwind and you end up with a very fast average speed and happy, smiling recumbenteers. Riders were certainly looking forward to the first planned stop at the Rutherglen Bakery, choc full of goodies loaded with caffeine and sugar, as unfortunately, the Howlong Bakery wasn't open for business prior to our departure.

Some time later, it was time to continue the morning's journey, leaving Rutherglen on the main Rutherglen-Chiltern Rd. The first half of this section runs past local grazing land, while the last half includes a few hills through sections of the Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park. Fully fuelled, riders headed off into what was now a fairly stiff cross-headwind. Temperatures were still cool but starting to rise which added to the humidity. The local Rutherglen bunch was encountered 3km out as it rode past fairly rapidly on its way into Rutherglen, most probably heading for the bakery. Few cars were encountered which added to the enjoyment of this section of the ride, as did the fast descents down the hills leading into Chiltern.

Chiltern Bakery was now a sight for sore eyes and tired legs, sapped dry from the efforts of climbing the hills into town. The bakery caters very nicely for cyclists, with several bike racks outside and a full puncture repair kit sitting inside. Not to mention all that yummy goodness in the form of coffee, pasties and chocolate hedgehogs. Being closer to 10.30am, Chiltern was slightly busier than Rutherglen but the local motorists gave plenty of room and seemed quite amused (bemused?) to see such wonderful machines passing through their town.

The next section of the ride headed for Barnawartha on the route of the Old Hume Hwy. Tree-lined, this road is absolutely fantabulous to ride on. The first 2km is steadily uphill, but the remaining 7km is all slightly downhill, making for an effortless and very scenic ride. There were signs of a small bushfire about 2km from Barnawartha, with evidence of fires reaching up to the verandahs of some houses. Yikes! The decision was made to continue riding through Barny, turning left at the roundabout onto the recently sealed Soldier's Rd. This now offers a more scenic and less-trafficked route between Barnawartha and Howlong compared to Gooramadda Rd, which is frequented by grain and cattle trucks, caravaners and the odd bogan ute driver - sweet mate!

The final run back into Howlong along Chiltern-Howlong Rd is reasonably flat and ended up being fairly uneventful. Back before 12 noon, all who rode the inaugural OzHPV Howlong Bakery Ride really enjoyed riding the course and look foward to the next edition of this classic ride!


Lake Hume Weekend
By Steve Nurse

hume1For a few days I have been back from Albury and Lake Hume, after a weekend spent up there riding my bike with fellow recumbenteers and attending the Ozhpv Annual General Meeting.  I hadn't been going to go, but there was a prospiracy which made me!  A few weeks before the event, I was retrenched from work, which brings with it "slightly more flexible attendance requirements", so I took the Friday off before the event, which coincided with the start of the Great Victorian Bike Ride in Albury.  Of course, the GVBR completely dwarfs the OzHPV gathering, so I took an early train, hoping to avoid bike traffic on the train. As it happened, I did avoid the bike traffic, and saw and spoke to only a few early arrivees, taking their bikes up on the train.

hume2One of these was Anthony, who I'd chatted to on the way up.  He is a teacher from Bendigo, had a big touring rig, and was setting out from Albury for a few days independent riding. His plan was to catch up with some of his pupils who were doing 1/2 of the GVBR, starting in Mansfield.  With a bit of time to kill, I decided to ride out to Lake Hume and my camping ground with him. We parted ways at the Bellbridge turnoff but not before taking a few happy snaps.

After setting up camp just next to Graham Signiorini, Graham and I rode back in to Albury for the start of a ride organised by Lloyd Charter. A few of the Canberra mob had arrived and passed us by car on the way in, Duncan and Andrew stopping for a chat.

There was quite a big recumbent roll-up in Albury for the Friday ride, Lloyd and 3 of his triking mates, 4 from Canberra, 2 from Melbourne and 1 from Denmark!  Michael was in Australia as part of a 2 year world tour, was staying with Pete Heal and had ridden most of the way from his home country....  We went most of the way round Albury on the bike tour, which was buzzing with cyclists in preparation for the Great Vic bike ride due to start in the town on Sunday.  There was a 1k long encampment on the Murray full of bike riders, and we even saw the occasional recumbent.

Graham and I rode back to Hume village, I was slowing down by this stage but Graham pushed ahead quite quickly, waiting for me every now and then.  I arrived at camp and waited for Graham to follow - and waited - and waited.  Eventually he wheeled his bike in, and had come across some bindy-eye or other pestilent puncture promoting flora, and had 4 punctures and had fixed 3 of them.  He worked on the extra puncture a bit later, eventually fixing it just before we were to head off the next morning.

After breakfast the next morning, I lathered on sunscreen, having copped a bit of sun the day before, and Graham and I headed out with Pete Heal and caught the rest of a recumbent mob across the river in Victoria.  It was really nice riding on good undulating roads and we passed several groups of Albury upright cyclists off for their 60k or so constitutional Saturday rides.  My bike is quite good at bombing down hills, and on a ride like this you get to compare its characteristics with other recumbents. It’s nice to think its fast because its aerodynamic, but it could be that me and my bike are both heavy as well!

hume3After a while we hit an unsealed section of the road which had all the evils on it, bumps, drifts of sand, corrugations and hills.  Yes, I walked up some of it, this sort of road and my front wheel drive wooden bike being somewhat incompatible, the front wheel slipping and being slightly bothersome.  Anyway, that road changed to bitumen again and the riding got smoother with great views over Lake Hume and its abundant birdlife towards Tallangatta.

Lunch in Tallangatta, and the Op-Shop was busy and the bakery crowded with motorbiking, recumbent biking, and road biking - daytrip mobs.  Standing room only outside the bakery and I bought a plate at the Op - Shop and "The Branch Line, a History of the Wodonga-Tallangatta-Cudgewa Railway" by Lloyd Hughes at another shop.

hume4We went on the rail trail a lot of the way back and that was a bit hot and bumpy, Chris Curtis being jolted off and copping a gashed elbow at one point.  We regrouped and refuelled in Ebden and from there it was a short ride across the Hume Dam back to the Caravan Park.  The day's ride was only about 80k but a bit hot and demanding.  A few of us had a swim, almost everyone had a sleep, and the OzHPV AGM was at 6pm.  Up early the next morning to pack the tent and get on the 6:30 am train back to Melbourne.  It was warm already at 5am when I started riding, and had plenty of time for the train. 



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