30 May 2010

Human Powered Vehicle Challenge - Portland, Oregon this weekend

Just could not pass up this one ... from the city that brings the world MCSpandx, this wanna be racer /cycle commuting surgeon, the Providence Bridge Pedal with its tens of thousands of participants ...

... the city that is home to many, many bicycle craftspeople and hosted the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in 2008, The 'Worst Day of the Year Ride' each February, the annual, weeklong Cycle Oregon, the 527-mile Race Across Oregon, and currently ranked by Bicycling Magazine as the second most bicycle friendly city in the U.S.A. (slipping a bit recently), my home town, Portland, Oregon.

This weekend, the Portland International Raceway is hosting the annual Oregon Human Power Challenge, which includes not only the usual fully faired streamliner recumbents, but also the Left Coast Velomobile gathering as well this year, and an e-power assist category (36 volt limit and various wattage and other sub-categories).  Lots of 2009 photos here.

When will we see something like this in Tokyo?

Which will happen first:
(A) BP stops the oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico, or
(B) these curious vehicles take over the streets of the cities across the U.S.A.?

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