Why World Championships with Human Powered Vehicles?
The velocipede which is the forerunner of the bicycle had a major influence not only on future technical developments but also on independent mobility behavior. Karl Drais invented in 1817 his “Draisine” to the population of Mannheim. This is a very good reason to celebrate in 2017 the 200 anniversary of the bicycle which a huge festival all year round (www.monnem-bike.de).
Also a good reason to present cycling on a different way! The Human Powered Vehicle Association Germany (www.hpv.org) will organize the Recumbent World Championships from 9.-11. June 2017 in Mannheim.
Recumbents and velocars were built since the 1920 in series. Hence innovative technical design exists and in 2017 it’s time to experience this diversity of vehicles in Mannheim during the festival!
Cycling in 8 hours with a velomobile from Hamburg to Berlin? Crossing the Alpes with a recumbent? Going together on a recumbent-tandem tour with handicapped people? No problem! This special “bike-culture” offers not only technical innovations but also a relaxing atmosphere where one can see and experience the whole range of human powered vehicles.
The 2017 World Recumbent Championships welcome over 100 riders from all over the world. Disciplines like 100km, 1h, sprints of 333.33m and 1000m and an up-hill race are on offer.
Here you’ll find more information about cycling on a different way…
10am onwards: Arrival at Cycling track Mannheim for registration, information, riding on track etc.
06:00pm - 08:00pm: Hill race in the community of Dossenheim " Weißer Stein" (25km outside Mannheim!)
09:30am - 1:00pm 1 h races (fast/slower group) at the "Maimarkt/parking place) (if the weather is bad we will have a 200m sprint also at the Maimarkt-Airport-Area because the track will be too slipery; then racing till 4pm)
02:00pm-08:00pm: 333,33m and 1000m sprint and kids/young adult race (cycling track)
evening: coming together, barbeque, having fun, enjoy atmosphere, meet people and locals!
Saturday all day
In the inner city of Mannheim during "monnem-bike festival"
recumbent-child test track and HPV information stand. Location: Q1-Q2/corner to Erbprinzstraße
09:30am- 12:30am: 3h race city center of Mannheim (Augustaanlage) (anticlockwise)
07:00pm-10:00pm: Party at the Augustaanlage/Watertower with all participants
Volunteers are very welcome to help! Without them nothing is possible. They get free food, place to put a tent and a very warm atmosphere and welcome. The city of Mannheim and us have a little something for each volunteer ...
HPV Germany e.V. would also like to take the opportunity during the Wolrd Championships 2017 to show the huge diversity of vehicles existing within this group.
Hence we offer different World Championships categories: unfaired, partly faired, full faired recumbents, every-day recumbents, trikes, rowing bikes, velomobiles, tandems. With that we want to attract many people to join the World Championships! It's not only about winning prices but it's also about fair-play in sports, having fun and last but not least comming together!
World Championships 2018
Last but not last: The WC 2018 will take place from: 13.- 15. July 2018 near Deal/Kent (England) (changes are possible). More information will be given after 3h race during price giving/end of HPV WC 2017 on Sunday, 11.06.2017 round 2pm at Augustaanlage/Rosengarten.