Headquarters for the World Human-Powered Speed Challenge is at the Battle Mountain Community Center. For information call (775) 635-1112.
From the official history of the IHPVA: “The Battle Mountain race has been run every year since 2000. World records have risen from 72.74 mph in 2000 to 83.13 mph in 2013. The race course has proven ideal for high speeds with human powered vehicles. Since 2000 the world HPV record has been broken seven times at Battle Mountain, most recently in 2016. In effect this competition has become the yearly World Championship. So after nearly 40 years, the original goal of the IHPVA, to see how fast a vehicle can go under human power, is still in full force.”
To provide a very smooth roadway surface for drivers and for World Human-Powered Speed Challenge participants, NDOT utilized open-grade paving on certain sections of State Route 305 about 15 miles south of town. In open-grade paving, aggregates (the small gravel used in roadway surfaces) are mixed with an asphalt binder at a mixing plant and rolled down together, producing a very smooth new roadway surface.
It’s a unique event where spectators and participants mingle informally while world records are set.