HPV racing is bicycle racing without technical restriction, a jeux sans frontiers. Any human powered vehicle is allowed and technical innovation is celebrated. Apart from the "Open" class, for which all participants automatically qualify, there are usually a few more restricted classes to give everybody a chance for glory. These vary a little from country to country but are usually;
- Semi faired - the riders outline can be seen from the side
- Unfaired, no bolt-on aerodynamic extras
- Multi-track - more than two wheels
In the UK we also have Sports Class for bikes above a given height, Street class for everyday bikes, and Juniors. There are usually about a dozen races in the UK every year with a World Championships in a different country every year. For most events you don't need to register in advance or be a club member, you can just turn up and race.
Human Powered Vehicles around the world...
The British Human Power Club - Join the club, see the race calendar.