The actual date is not yet posted for this year. This will be a rather large event this year with cat 1 ,2 ,3 ,4 racers racing against themselves and hpv recumbents. The race director has chosen not to use the USCF sanctioning body this year. They have recieved funding from other sources and are allowing recumbents to race against the upright racers. If you think you are a fast racer and in the area...... give it a try. Promises to be a great race this year.
I emailed the race coordinator regarding the new USCF rules. Good news. Here is his reply.
Chris -sorry for the delay on this reply.
We will not be using USCF insurance this year on our event. We appear to have adequate coverage from Rotary International. Because of that there will be no USCF requirements associated with the event (class structure etc). I have talked to Mike Hanley (our USCF contact) about this and he has wished us well and we won't be on their later schedules. I have talked to our rider/advisors on the need for a separate class for the recumbents and the general feeling is that if we have a number of them show up this year that we should do it for next year. I look forward to having as many of you as possible. My road rider advisors indicate that they believe that the recumbents can do better on the flats than the traditional two wheelers but that you will have your greatest challenge in the hills by Alcona. They don't believe that the first bike into Oscoda will be a recumbent but what do you think they would say since they are not riding a recumbent. I know that his was not the answer you were totally looking for but we would like to class you in you age group as a solo rider. Good luck on being the first rider to Oscoda.
Please let me know if we can assist you on your plans for visiting Grayling. If you need any help on locating lodging or anything else let us know.
If your really fast rider plans on riding and you have a photo of the rider and the bike we would like to do a teaser article for our paper.
Black Bear Director
So, It looks like they plan on hyping up the recumbent vs. wedgie thing a bit.
Here is a link to the 2003 race. The 2004 race is not posted yet.
This would be a beautiful course for an F-40, carbon lowracer, and for the streamliner types.....
Warren? you out there..........I'll bet you could pull an almost 3 hour century on this course.
So far participating that I know of is
Garrie Hill.....on faired trike
Jester Jay.......quite possibly
Anyone else interested?
Will be a good time and quite a challenge against seasoned cat 1 and 2 racers.
Since this letter, the HPV association has concidered this event to be a North American championship for our IHPV divisision. The 2002 worlds overall champion will be racing it this year also.