The first thing in the morning, we learned that the team stood at first in design and eighth in innovation, which put us in a competitive position going into today’s sprints.
Here we are at the drivers’ meeting. We were joined by Sherry who flew in late last night, without her luggage.
Then some time to tweak the bike, and to look at some of the other machines.
I check to see if I fit.
Peter does the same thing.
Rose Hulman looks strong; they win this event more often than not.
Clemson adds some ventilation, while their rider was still in the vehicle.
UW Madison’s excellent pixel cow paint job.
The University of Florida Gators, the home team.
Josh pushes the bike up to the start.
All the bikes gather at the start before qualifying.
This is what it looks like looking down the course. There was a significant downward slope for the first third of the course.
Calvin catches some shade.
This is how Rose Hulman does the same thing.
MS&T has a fast, pretty tilting trike that looks like it will be hard to beat.
The first set of runs were qualifying runs in order to get seeding times. The fastest 16 men and women would move on to a tournament with head to head elimination racing.
Here is Sherry qualifying. She was seeded 10th.
Calvin at speed; he was seeded ninth.
A blurry picture of Madison crashing.
The fact that the racer wheeled the bike down the rest of the course with a broken suspension linkage shows the spirit of this competition.
The team decides that the fairing might not actually be doing any good, and so they transfer the numbers to the wheel skirt.
Bruce and Thomas take a break in the shade.
Sherry’s first elimination race against Akron. She lost narrowly. She was using platform pedals, and three times during the run, she lost control of the bike and managed to keep it upright by splaying her legs out to the side. A spectacular ride, especially considering that she arrived around midnight, and then got up around 5:30 to get out to the track early to practice on a bike she had never ridden.
The rider for UNC Charlotte focuses before another run.
Alabama and MS&T, two of the faster trikes.
After losing the first race, she proceeded to win two more (double elimination format), before coming up against UCF.
During this run, she was trailing the other bike and she pushed a little too hard and crashed just before the finish. She was protected by the roll cage, but picked up some nasty road rash on her arm, leg and shorts. Here, she is being attended to by the paramedics.
She is OK, and we’ll see if she will be able to race tomorrow.
Since I left early, I’m not sure of the results, but I heard that MS&T won both the men’s and women’s sprints. The men’s final came down to MS&T versus Akron, which shows the ability of a trike that is very stable, along with a rider than can put out a lot of power.
The men’s race was switched to a single elimination format due to lack of time, and Calvin was eliminated early. He reported on the lack of stability of the bike when he put out more than 50% power, due to the wandering of the front wheel coming from the front suspension. The team has decided to lock out the suspension before tomorrow, and to train up the other riders to be ready for tomorrow’s endurance race.
Update: here is a short video before the start of the women’s sprints, where the HPV’s are being run down the course for a transducer check.