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.
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.
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.
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.