Today was the day for the men’s and women’s sprint event. However, the weather had other ideas, and it was pouring rain in the early morning. Here we are getting the bike from the motel to the van. Must get a 1st floor room next time.
Although we arrived and set up in time for the 8 am drivers’ meeting, the race officials were nowhere to be found. It turns out that they sent an email at 7:55 saying that they were taking a look at the weather (torrential rain) and would issue an update at 9:30. In the meantime, the team decided to partake of the breakfast that was being provided since the ASME HPVC was associated with a larger event called “e-fest” this year. Note that several of the team members were going to write final exams tonight, so they were busy being studious.
The Puerto Rican team had another agenda.
Also we had had a running bike for a while, we had not tested the landing gear yet. Here is Calvin getting ready to do the first unassisted launch.
The weather was clearing, and so it was time for the delayed drivers’ meeting.
The race officials lay down the law. Because of the intermittently really bad rain, it was decided to go with timed runs, with only one vehicle on the course at a time (due to safety reasons.
It was ladies first, so we had Marie get some practice in the bike. In the end, the team decided that she didn’t have enough time in the bike to be able to launch from the landing gear, so the team elected to scratch from the women’s sprint.
In the meantime, all the female riders got in line.
Rose Hulman is all smiles.
Akron in the men’s sprint. They were seeded #1.
It turns out that this trike from South Dakota State is not only pretty, but it is pretty fast, winning both the men’s and women’s spring.
Yes, the fairing of the bike is really made from paper Maché, which was not the best choice for rainy weather.
Tempest developed some drivetrain gremlins, and while debugging them, that fancy carbon chainring broke. However, the motto of this team is to never give up, and we cut apart the spider and then bolted a metal chainring on it so that we could run. I must say that we have been getting a lot of use out of our hacksaw this weekend.
Calvin warming up. He got in three runs. The second one placed us in 5th place. The third one might have been faster, but halfway down the course, a spectator walked out right in from of Calvin. I could hear Calvin yelling for him to get out of the way.
At this point, the weather was going south again, and Calvin was cooked, so it was time for other riders to get in some practice before tomorrow’s enduro, Here is Evan.
Here is Alan.
The team has decided to go with just these three riders, and to take the penalties for only having three riders, and no female rider. We’ll see how we do, and if the landing gear holds up for the whole race.
One side note: the flaps covering the landing gear had a tendency to sail outwards when the bike was at speed, making it look a little like a penguin from the rear. You’ll be able to see this in the video from today.
You’ll also see that the landing gear works well, especially in comparison to last year.
Good luck to all the teams tomorrow, and fingers crossed for better weather.