The 2015 Heart of Texas Recumbent Rally and Rodeo rolled Friday, February 27 through Sunday, March 1, 2015 at Easy Street Recumbents in Austin, Texas. The HOT rally is normally a fun-filled weekend of recumbent culture, friends, and riding, but unfortunately the cold weather put a damper on our outdoor plans. We did get to spend time socializing and meeting new recumbent friends, learning about recumbent maintenance, and taking some great photos!
Thank you for helping us make this event a success!
Our Official Photographers for the rally were the wonderful and talented Steve Wood and Suzanne Teshera at Your Paparazzo! Prints, digital downloads, and other products can be ordered directly from their SmugMug website. Prices vary according to product type and image quality. You can also view photos that were posted real-time on our Facebook page.
Event recap authored by Jane Knight, Easy Street’s Minister of Recumbent Culture:
A HUGE thanks to Paul “Male Model” Brock for braving the really cold weather and drizzle to lead a few brave souls out to the Veloway for a ride, the ONLY riding during the HOT. They headed out Friday afternoon while the Laid Back Social was in progress. The Sweetheart of the HOT – Shelley Stracener – did her usual top notch job of checking people in. For all of you that helped sell raffle tickets – a BIG KISS for you (Gary Bradford for one). Bonnie Turner, the wife of our Corpus Christi Catrike 700 rider, Mike Turner – took control over the snack table and WOW was she ever good at that! I cannot thank everyone enough for bringing enough food to feel a third world country, and boy oh boy was there every a terrific variety of YUMMY snacks. Y’all are the BEST. Rebecca DiLuce also worked her precious little tail off for us, made sure we had plenty to drink, and she is the one that delivered our lunches!
We would have had some really sore rear ends had it not been for Anthony Fernandez bringing all the chairs for us to set up, as well as tables, the HOT banner, etc. Anthony was going to treat us to a rodeo to out all other rodeos to shame this year. OH MAN did I EVER hate having to cancel the rodeo!!!! I am hoping he can work it out to be in charge of the 2016 rodeo. It would be TOO MUCH FUN! I had even been practicing my Two Step for the dancing at the rodeo!!!
Recumbent University was abbreviated this year, as one of the professors tried, but could not make the entire trip and had to turn around and go home due to weather (Dan Hansen). But Mike Librik performed outstandingly and taught us a thing or two. The raffle was a lot of fun. I want to thank those generous winners who donated the prizes they won, but could not use, back to the raffle for others. Wow. What an incredible group of people the HOTties are!!!
Steve Wood and Suzanne Teshera brough their photo set up and got some FABULOUS shots of some of the HOTties during the day. Gary and Gay Bradford, who had worked magic creating “Red Bull” (the side by side tandem) lent Red Bull for photo ops for those silly enough to put on the bull caps and grin like thieves for a photo! Daniel and Leticia, your shots are SO CUTE!!! And Billy Younts looks downright SCARY in his mask in that phantom velo!!!! Super fun. I bought the whole album and sure have had fun looking at these shots!!!
Phil Allen and Steve Erickson worked like slaves interviewing people for the documentary on recumbent riding they are doing. Phil is an EMMY AWARD WINNING documentary film maker! A huge thanks to Catrike for making this possible! I can’t wait to see the video when it is completed!
I was shocked and tickled to received the gorgeous flowers from my boss – Mike Librik. A big thanks to Mike for tolerating me and my crazy ideas. Mike (who owns Easy Street) told me from the very first HOT to make this a celebration of riding recumbent. He gives me free rein, and is not in this as a money maker (which is a VERY good thing with ME planning it!). Mike is the reason this HOT works.
Even though the rain put a halt to some of the riding activities, it could not stop us from having a GREAT time just being together. Recumbent riders are THE BEST friends rolling. Everyone seemed to really enjoy getting to know and become friends with others during the HOT.
I cannot begin to thank everyone in writing on how very much it means to me that you would brave the elements just to come hang out at the HOT. I consider all of you very good friends.