British Human Power Club returns to Lancaster

Barney Harley narrowly keeps his lead wirh youngster Sam Relton close behind.

Barney Harley narrowly keeps his lead wirh youngster Sam Relton close behind.

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The British Human Power Club returned to Salt Ayre Sports Centre cycling track on Saturday.

The BHPC have a calendar of events all around the UK and the Lancaster track is a firm favourite with its long straights and tight corners for the pedal powered machines to navigate.

Geoff Bird makes the pace for Simon Owen on his conventional 'stick' bike. Picture: Tony North

Geoff Bird makes the pace for Simon Owen on his conventional 'stick' bike. Picture: Tony North

The British Human Power Club is the British organisation for Human Powered Vehicles which are mainly recumbent, or laid back, cycles.

On the day, the race format was two races, one of 15 minutes in the morning followed by a longer 45-minute race in the afternoon.

Most HPV’s are home built, with some costing less than £20 like Barney Harley’s machine.

At the other end of the scale is the factory produced hand-built Windcheetah Hypersport manufactured in Lancashire and ridden by Richard Everett amongst others.