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.
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.
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.
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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