The Michigan Human Powered Vehicle Association is open to anyone interested in innovation and creativity in the design and development of human powered transportation – on land, water and in the air. It is not necessary to be a builder, own an unusual cycle or live in Michigan to join.
The MHPVA conducts the oldest continuous competition for HPVs in North America, the Michigan Human Powered Vehicle Rally. The 2012 rally will be the 28th annual and again will be at the Waterford Hills sports car racing track in Clarkston, the site since 1986. The rally has attracted as many as 50 competitors from numerous states and Canada.
Events include one-hour time trials, top speed runs, a hill climb/coast-down, standing start kilometer, road races and a practical vehicle competition. Instead of the rally, the MHPVA has twice conducted major events. In 2009 it was the Michigan Human Powered Speed Challenge at the Ford Proving Grounds near Romeo, Michigan. Fifty-four competitors came from all over the United States, plus Canada, France, the Netherlands, Slovenia and Mexico. Ten world records were set, including the farthest any man or women has pedaled a bicycle in one hour, six hours, and over 100 km and 100 mile distances.
The MHPVA itself was founded in 1982 (for more early history of the group click here). In 1989, the MHPVA hosted the 15th International Human Powered Speed Championships, with most events at Michigan International Speedway. Approximately 75 land and water vehicles came from all over the United States, plus Canada and France. In addition to the June MHPVA Rally, usually held in June, the MHPVA conducts an annual winter meeting, usually in February and open to anyone, with “show and tell” a highlight.
Activities of the MHPVA and some interesting human powered vehicles (land and water) can be seen at http://mhpva.blogspot.com. The MHPVA from its inception has been a chapter of the International Human Powered Vehicle Association (www.ihpva.org).
The MHPVA has a Facebook page at "Michigan Human Powered Vehicle Association" - www.facebook.com.
Also in Michigan is the Wolver-Bents Recumbent Cyclists (www.wolverbents.org), an organization of recumbent cycling enthusiasts, which conducts monthly rides in southeast Michigan, as well as a May (Detroit) and September (Kalamazoo) recumbent rallies.