About HPS©

Minot's High Plains Shifters© began in 1994 when it was organized by local cycling enthusiasts. Other cycling groups in the state come and go, but HPS continues to thrive. We welcome anyone interested in the sport of cycling. Joining is simple: If you say you're a member - you are! From novice to expert, you'll find someone to ride with here.

Today, nearly 10 years later, HPS© remains unstructured, meaning members pay no dues, elect no officers, and hold no official meetings. Rides, social gatherings, etc., are usually announced by e-mail, on the Cycle-Babble link at this website, by a phone call, or a time and place is arranged and agreed upon by individual riders. The flexibility of HPS© is one of its strengths as is the enthusiasm of its members. The club changes as new riders bring their energy and ideas into the group. Cyclists from the Minot Air Force Base have always played a key role in the success of HPS since its beginning, and they continue to influence the direction of the club. 

HPS is really about people who share a passion for cycling - both recreational and competitive. For example, CANDISC, an acronym for Cycling Around North Dakota In Sakakawea Country, draws hundreds of participants from across the country every year. Some HPS members have participated in this week-long event many times. Another annual venue is the Prairie Rose State Games, which features both road racing and mountain bike competition. HPS© riders have consistently won cycling events both at home and abroad. 

In 1996, four HPS© cyclists set the Ultra Marathon Cycling Association's (UMCA) record for crossing -west to east- in North Dakota, which took 15 hours and 15 minutes to complete. The team included Bob Darby, Bruce Gillings, Garvin Louie, and Dave Ostlund (The support crew included Bernie Gillings and Gordy and Janice Salisbury). UMCA is the national organization which oversees the Race Across America, or RAAM. We hope you will come riding with us! We look forward to seeing you on the road and on the trail.

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