Today I attended “HPV fun day”, a special once-a-year event at Hellyer Velodrome. A local couple organizes this, renting the velodrome and then inviting participants to come just try out the velodrome or enter races. I did a little of each. I rode my electric-assist recumbent down the Coyote Creek trail from Morgan Hill to the velodrome. I then rode on the velodrome for multiple laps during the open practice period. This is fun as I did not feel confident on the banking at first but it came back to me after a couple of laps. I was soon enjoying going up to the top, working up a head of steam, then swooping down to the bottom line, simulating the flying start of a 200-meter time trial.
The first event was the time trial. I wasn’t blazingly fast but it felt great and was a fun experience. There was a break after the time trial so I rode some more laps as a cooldown. All the other events were group rides, which I promised my wife I would avoid because I’ve crashed at this velodrome in the past. So I headed back. I used electric assist on the rides there and back, but rode unassisted at the velodrome. It was a great day, I enjoyed the riding, seeing a variety of exotic bikes and trikes, and chatting with fellow participants.