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Our bank account details have changed. If you pay your membership by Standing Order then please check the new details on the Forum noticeboard.

[The old Santander account will still be open for a few months so don't worry if your payment has gone there, we'll still get it. It will definitely be gone by next year though.]

About the Club

The British Human Power Club is the British organisation for Human Powered Vehicles or HPVs for short. By weight of numbers this is mainly recumbent cycles in their many varied forms. We organise races for recumbents (the only races in the UK that allow recumbents to take part) and through the magazine, forum and website provide information and support for those interested in all kinds of HPV.

Unlike some organisations we don’t have a problem with things being non-standard, we welcome them with open arms - as different as possible!  If you want to see beyond the confines of ‘normal’ the BHPC is the place to be.

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We build HPVs...

We ride HPVs...

We love HPVs...

So You Want to Build an HPV - front cover

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Next BHPC race

Odd Down Cycle Circuit, Bath
Sunday 4th May 2014

Odd Down Circuit - map viewSee the Events page
for the rest of the season

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£5 for Juniors
£25 for Families

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New membership year started 1st April

Next Cycle Vision

Cycle Vision 2014

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Next World Championships


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Mike Burrows Tech Q&A

A series of five short films made by MadeGood.films for BikeRadar

Do wheels affect bicycle ride comfort? Why are bicycle forks set at an angle? Does shaving your legs make you cycle faster? Can you climb hills on a laid back bicycle? What's the best material to make a bike from?
Do wheels affect
ride comfort?
Why are forks
set at an angle?
Does shaving your legs
make you go faster?
Can you climb hills
on a recumbent?
What's the best material
to make a bike from?

Mike Burrows, founding father and guru of BHPC on five current hot topics in cycling from the Burrows Engineering workshops in Norwich.

Read all about it

LaidBack Cyclist, the magazine of the BHPC, comes to you four times a year if you're a member. You can also buy back issues from the shop at £4 each (occasionally £5 for special issues).

Magazine 109 front cover Magazine 110 front cover Magazine 111 front cover Magazine 112-3 front cover
Issue 109 Issue 110 Issue 111 Issue 112-3
Richard Ballantine
special issue
Issue 114
£4 £4 £4 £5 £4

Even older news back to Issue 81 (Summer 2005) are still available in the shop.

So what is an HPV?

It’s a Human Powered Vehicle, a wonderfully broad spectrum description which in the cold hard light of reality, mostly, but not entirely, refers to those non-conformist wheeled vehicles that are called recumbents; in all guises, from the record breaking streamliner down to the long-distance tourer.

For multifarious reasons, many attributable to self important ‘officials’, conventional bikes have hardly changed since Victorian times which has resulted in a stagnation in bike design, however back in the 1970s, the HPV movement tore up the rule book and have ever since been showing the world that one design really doesn’t rule!
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Latest Open Forum posts

Author: AlanGoodmanSubject: 2014 BathPosted: 24/April/2014 at 07:58Any thoughts on race format yet?
Author: marcSubject: World Championships 2014Posted: 23/April/2014 at 11:19Well sorry Geoff, but there's a climb somewhere in the loop (at 3:40 in...Read more
Author: GeoffBirdSubject: World Championships 2014Posted: 21/April/2014 at 22:58That looks fun Marc - is it downhill all the way round? ;-)
Author: GeoffBirdSubject: Round 1 - Hillingdon - 13th April 2014Posted: 21/April/2014 at 22:46I thought it was the other way around Jeff - I was...Read more
Author: marcSubject: World Championships 2014Posted: 20/April/2014 at 11:57A new video of the criterium race is...Read more
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Thursday, April 24, 2014 8:48:03 AM
De fotowedstrijd van de NVHPV is in volle gang.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 9:46:03 PM
De huidige firma wordt per 30 april ontbonden
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 11:01:48 PM
Het Paastreffen zoals het beleefd is (met geweldig weer)
Friday, April 18, 2014 8:51:21 AM
Koffietafelboek, en daar is ie weer, nooit meer last van een snakebite, WHPVA World Championships 2014, slow TV, vrouwen fietsen voor een cadeautje,...Read more
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 9:13:10 AM
Fietsschoenen die echt goed passen, zijn schaars goed en zeker voor diegene met moeilijke voeten, en dan ook nog prijzig
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