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Battle Mountain 2015
« on: September 06, 2015, 04:15:10 am »
The annual Hurtling Contest in the deserts of That Nevada doesn't get underway in earnest until the 14th inst but rest assured that your faithful reporter will be, er, reporting again.  More Stuffs at the Automatic Diary.  Event webby SCIENCE is at http://www.recumbents.com/wisil/whpsc2015/speedchallenge.htm.  Time for Tea.
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Re: Battle Mountain 2015
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2015, 05:59:25 am »
Looking forward to reading all about it!
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Re: Battle Mountain 2015
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2015, 11:08:54 am »
just joined the automatic diary, nothing like reading it as it is*

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Re: Battle Mountain 2015
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2015, 12:36:38 am »
Arrived in BM about 90 minutes ago.  Aerovelo (Toronto) and Policumbent (Turin) are here at the Super 8, as are the mid-west mob - there's a fairly old-skool looking machine with a pink frame insode the fairing which I suspect is the Mini-Moby being raced by the Kowalik girls in the junior category.  No sign of the Scousers but they could well be at a different motel.  Hopefully some pictures will be forthcoming later: they'll be at https://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_larrington/sets/ in albums labelled "BM2015 - $day_of_week"  At least the network here is working, unlike last night chiz >:(
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Re: Battle Mountain 2015
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2015, 05:36:51 pm »
Just heard that the trailer carrying the new bike from Eric Ware & Mark Anderson for local lass Teagan Patterson to ride is stuck in Salt Lake City after villains robbed the trailer.

Team Eivie have just appeared, having got in at 2 am.
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Re: Battle Mountain 2015
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2015, 09:10:27 pm »
More people are arriving, though apparently Them Russians won't be here until the latter part of the week.  I have been volunteered to help out with scrutineering this afternoon but in the meantime there are some more photos here: clicky.

Not seen the Plymouth handcycle, Velox 5 or the Scousers' bike yet coz they're staying elsewhere but hopefully will snap some pics later.  If the flatteries in my camera hold out.  I only put new ones in on Monday.  And if I want Energiser lithiums or the local equivalent I'll probably have to go to Elko to get them.  140 mile round trip :(
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Re: Battle Mountain 2015
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2015, 07:33:21 am »
Just about everyone is here now and the good news is that the rozzers have recovered the stolen bits of Teagan's machine, which just leaves the small matter of someone making the 600-mile round trip to fetch them tomorrow.  Since it is late and I have to be up at audax o'clock in the morning, Sunday's Automatic Diary update has been delayed until after the morning qualifying runs.
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Re: Battle Mountain 2015
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2015, 10:47:44 pm »
Back from:
  • This morning's qualifying runs, and
  • the debrief meeting, and
  • a rather late breakfast

Conditions not brilliant but Liz McTernan's 24.72 mph run on her unfaired Top End handcycle "Red Lightning" constitutes a new world record for BRITAIN, Florian Kowalik's 53.41 in the CO2 is a Junior Multitrack record and Todd Reichert did a 72 mph run with a 2.5 mile run-up, which is the fastest yet seen over the short course, though I don't know whether the wind was below the permitted maximum for that one.

There are a swarm of people clustered around a big pile of Stuffs just outside my window putting Teagan's bike together :thumbsup:  However Natasha Morrison won't be running in the Liverpool bike as she wasn't able to get the thing to stay upright when starting off.  Good runs for Ken Buckley and Dave Collins though.

Most people got down the course OK except the Delft/Amsterdam machine Velox V which had two launch fails for Lieske Yntema and one got-going-OK-but-then-fell-over for Robert Braam, who is a late substitute for the injured Rik Houwers.

Photos from Monday at https://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_larrington/albums/72157658637494215

Weather forecast for the week varies according to who you ask/believe but the consensus is for rain either Tuesday or Wednesday.  We did have a few spots this morning but not enough to affect anything, and it was about fifteen deg. C warmer than the usual single-digit morning temperatures today.
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Re: Battle Mountain 2015
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2015, 01:16:14 am »
More likely they forgot to put the pilot in!

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Re: Battle Mountain 2015
« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2015, 03:29:00 am »
Not sure what the problem was for Velox V this morning; I believe their riders had a fair amount of practice in .nl before coming here.  Bluenose's chainguard self-destructed and the addition of stretchy latex around the front wheel opening of the Micro-Moby caused the steering to pull sharply to one side; advised to steer the other way Genevieve Kowalik ignored the sage advice of her father in the manner of ten year olds everywhere, and fell over.  Jan-Marcel van Dijken dropped a chain and couldn't get it back on this time so coasted through.  Full Monday morning results and some nice pictures from the timing area on Jun Nogami's blog.

The gloomy prognostications regarding the weather have proved all too accurate and there were no runs on Monday evening as no-one can ride a streamliner through a gale-impelled sandstorm.  Forecast for tomorrow morning looks a bit lot rubbish too but we'll cross that bridge when we "accidentally" forget to set the alarm clock for five am.
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Re: Battle Mountain 2015
« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2015, 09:42:27 pm »
Although Velox V was pronounce fit and healthy last night the team didn't show this morning for qualifying ???  A bit too breezy for most people's runs, on both the short and long courses, but Ellen van Vugt bagged a women's multi-track world mark with a legal 51.92 in Garrie Hill's machine CO2 (a replica of the former trike world record holder Completely Overzealous).  Apropos noxious gases, Todd Reichert has a CO2 meter inside Eta.  I don't know whether it helped but he became the fourth person to exceed 80 mph here, albeit with a breeze coming from his left stern quarter.

Jan-Marcel dropped his chain (the left side final drive one this time) in his qualifying run but still did almost 58.  Some filing and graunching ensued and he then did a 76 over the full course.  This is pleasing, as I am a semi-official part-time member of Team Cygnus this year.  As long as they pay me with stroopwaffels.

Dave Collins also dropped a chain in ARION1 and coasted in for 39.5 mph, allowing Larry Lem to get in too close for the latter to be given a speed, but They reckon about 66 mph.  Liz McTernan ran unfaired over the full course and did 28.84 mph, but the wind was too high for this to be a new record.

They're showing off the machines to the Tinies at the moment, which makes my feet hurt, so I grabbed the free lunch, took some photos, grabbed another free lunch and came back to the motel to upload the next tranche of pictures.  Look for "BM2015 - Tuesday" at https://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_larrington/sets/ as they're still at it.

Blowing a bit and only 20 degrees but there's still a couple of hours before the evening sessions even start getting set up.

ETA: Evening session rained off.  Piss.

ETA: This is what Tuesday evening looked like from timing:


Pic by Danny Guthrie

Monday evening looked even worse.
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Re: Battle Mountain 2015
« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2015, 01:58:22 pm »
It is raining.  It has been raining all night.  No runs Wednesday morning.  Piss.

Also I spelt Erika's name wrong.  Sorry.
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Re: Battle Mountain 2015
« Reply #12 on: September 16, 2015, 06:28:06 pm »
Sun came out not long after it was supposed to have risen and apparently the rider/machine combinations who were yet to qualify went out and ran.  There is a meeting in half an hour or so; if anything exciting transpires (Ha!) I will post an update.  Or let Jun do it :)
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Re: Battle Mountain 2015
« Reply #13 on: September 16, 2015, 09:09:54 pm »
some very interesting pics of some very interesting machines, thanks for keeping up with this.
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Re: Battle Mountain 2015
« Reply #14 on: September 16, 2015, 09:54:47 pm »
Robert and Lieske both qualified successfully, as did Calvin Moes in Bluenose.  Sherry Shi decked Bluenose at the start and didn't get a run in.  Apparently both the timing area and the spot we use for the short course start were akin to Glastonbury in a bad year.  Meanwhile, here is a pciture of a wol:


P9160563 by Mr Larrington, on Flickr

Sunny but not very warm ATM  Fingers crossed for an evening of any runs at all.
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Re: Battle Mountain 2015
« Reply #15 on: September 17, 2015, 06:16:06 am »
None too warm this evening but the wind was better than expected.  Todd Reichert nevertheless decided not to run and may well be kicking himself now.  The teams asked us to push back the runs as late as possible which proved to be something of a curate's egg.  We ran three heats and none of the four riders in the last heat had a legal wind speed, which is the opposite of what usually happens.  Things didn't go brilliantly for the Liverpool team; Dave Collins had a skipping chain and got 60.57 mph while Ken Buckley had camera issues and trundled through at 31.64 with Lieske Yntema in Velox V close behind.  This made life in catch somewhat interesting, but both teams have a plentiful supply of Penniless Student Oaves so no-one had to ride back to town in the dark.  Top speed of the night was my man Jan-Marcel van Dijken in Cygnus Chronos, with a fully-legal 75.31, which means he won't go out tomorrow morning, which in turn means I can do other Stuffs.

Pictures from this evening at https://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_larrington/albums/72157658293144988 once they've finished uploading; full results will be on Jun Nogami's blog at https://jnyyz.wordpress.com/ once he's had his dinner.
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Re: Battle Mountain 2015
« Reply #16 on: September 17, 2015, 09:47:51 pm »
Just back from very late breakfast, or possibly lunch, following the morning runs.  First the good news:

New BRITISH record for Ken Buckley in the Liverpool University machine ARION1.  69.73 mph, so ~2 mph faster than Rob English's previous mark set in 2002.  Hurrah!  Hurrah for BRITAIN!

After a bunch of very late nights Mark Anderson and Steve Nash have got the Seiran up and running.  Teagan Patterson did a couple of practice starts in the Civic Center and then qualified the bike at 56.50 mph on the short 2.5 mile course.  No problems reported and IIRC she'll be running it over the full course this evening.

Just one more thing, as that scruffy bugger in the raincoat used to say.  Todd Reichert had legal wind and clocked 85.71 mph for a new world record in the Aerovelo Eta.  I was at catch so don't have any pictures of the bike at full chat but I dare say there'll be plenty in Intertube-land.  Muted BRITISH-stylee congratulations to Canada and all who sail in her :D

Edit:  Blast, scooped by Oranj!  I had to buy some more fags on the way back from the diner chiz.
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Re: Battle Mountain 2015
« Reply #17 on: September 18, 2015, 05:49:50 am »
Sadly Ken decked the AR1 at about 55 mph this evening while about two miles from timing.  He's OK; I haven't seen the bike but it doesn't sound pretty :'(  Conspiracy theorists say it's to ensure Dave can't have a crack at the BRITISH record.  Ellen upped her women's multitrack record to 54.45 mph, Todd did 82.29.  Which would have had us pretty excited this time yesterday.  Damjan's 79.16 is, we think, his personal best with legal wind.  Teagan's 58.94 was also legal and if they can actually get some kind of computer on the bike...

Things didn't go so well for Team Cygnus; Jan-Marcel had an off day and decked three or four times (I couldn't quite see as the start officials' car was in the way) before overrunning his two minute start slot.  We won't be running tomorrow morning but hopefully the machine will be reasonably reshinificated for the evening.

Todd's having the morning off as well.
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Re: Battle Mountain 2015
« Reply #19 on: September 18, 2015, 08:56:57 pm »
Just back in from the morning's happenings.  Much midnight oil was burned by the Scousers and the AR1 was back out on the course with both Dave and Ken getting down the road OK.  Dave did a 62; Ken ran later when the wind was starting to pick up and caution kept him down to 40 or so.

Not been a brilliant week for most of the PSO teams; the luckless Sherry Shi decked Bluenose yet again though at least she's crashing nearer to timing each morning.  Robert Braam binned Velox V about 600 metres from the traps.  Bikes and riders generally OK though there will be a good deal of filling and sanding going on this afternoon.

The shining exception to the above are the Italians whose four-man operation is as slick as any bunch of grizzled veterans.  They turn up on time, get Andrea into the bike and off down the road with the minimum of fuss and collect him in once piece at the other end.  The PulsaR is still as shiny as it was on Sunday.

Weather appears to be almost back to normal today with 4 degree showing on the motor-car at catch.  Cloudless skies and warming up nicely.  Todd is down for the first run this evening...

Dr No1 would appear to be having his lunch but the morning results should be up on https://jnyyz.wordpress.com/ soon.  My Friday photos, such as they are, are at https://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_larrington/sets/72157658371242359

1: Jun did a legal 49.52 this morning but has given priority to Florian to run the CO2 tomorrow.
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Re: Battle Mountain 2015
« Reply #21 on: September 19, 2015, 06:29:27 am »
Much warmer this evening and the wind was friendly enough that everyone who completed the course did so with a legal wind speed.  Dave made a solid run in AR1 but Ken went on the side of caution and pulled up mid-course - a flawless catch by the crew.  They are celebrating by heading back out into the desert to nick the wheels off Mark Mueller's MX51 which, after a bit of over-enthusiastic dirt-road hooning, is in a ditch with two fewer working tyres than it had this morning.

Communications problems meant the third of the evening heats was later than we'd hoped so neither Damjan nor Jan-Marcel got their hoped-for 80 mph hats; Ellen had a good run with a 69.  Earlier Andrea went over 70 to increase his Italian record and, chiz curses, put it higher than Ken's BRITISH one from earlier in the week.

First run of all tonight was that pesky Reichert fellow, who only went and banged the world record out to a scarcely believable 86.50 mph, or 139.18 km/h if you prefer.  The bike has a design speed of 140 km/h, there's still one evening to go and the weather forecast for tomorrow is for even better weather.

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Re: Battle Mountain 2015
« Reply #22 on: September 19, 2015, 10:15:34 am »
Think he's a bit busy driving Micras or something . . .
VELOMANCER

Well that's the more blunt way of putting it but as usual he's dead right.

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Re: Battle Mountain 2015
« Reply #23 on: September 19, 2015, 10:35:20 pm »
The rules require complete redundancy for camera bikes - camera, screen & wiring.  Although if the rear wheel rubs right through all the anbaric string...

Seems the Velox V was more badly banged up than they thought in Robert's crash as when they tried to run this morning the front of the fairing wouldn't go on.  They're not going to run again.  Too windy for much to happen this morning though Genna Kowalik did a 40+ with non-legal wind and a legal 37 on her second go, so a new record for her age group.  She's ten.

There'll be the group photos up on Flickr soonish, not to mention Officer Aten handcuffing Todd and chucking him the back of the cruiser.  One more set of runs to go and it's already warmer than it was yesterday evening.  Fingers crossed for the weather.
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Re: Battle Mountain 2015
« Reply #24 on: September 19, 2015, 10:59:12 pm »
Just back from very late breakfast, or possibly lunch, following the morning runs.  First the good news:

New BRITISH record for Ken Buckley in the Liverpool University machine ARION1.  69.73 mph, so ~2 mph faster than Rob English's previous mark set in 2002.  Hurrah!  Hurrah for BRITAIN!

After a bunch of very late nights Mark Anderson and Steve Nash have got the Seiran up and running.  Teagan Patterson did a couple of practice starts in the Civic Center and then qualified the bike at 56.50 mph on the short 2.5 mile course.  No problems reported and IIRC she'll be running it over the full course this evening.

Just one more thing, as that scruffy bugger in the raincoat used to say.  Todd Reichert had legal wind and clocked 85.71 mph for a new world record in the Aerovelo Eta.  I was at catch so don't have any pictures of the bike at full chat but I dare say there'll be plenty in Intertube-land.  Muted BRITISH-stylee congratulations to Canada and all who sail in her :D

Edit:  Blast, scooped by Oranj!  I had to buy some more fags on the way back from the diner chiz.

I've been to Canadia a few times, to be honest it's more like GB than Liverpool is.   Asked for HP sauce for my chips, appeared out of nowhere with no fuss whatsoever.  I think we could claim any of their records for the old country.

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