There is nothing in this picture that distinguishes from many other pictures that I have posted of the Eta speedbike, but it was taken this morning when Todd went 85.71 mph through the traps, beating the old record by a massive 2.58 mph.
There were two other world records set this morning: Florian Kowalik reset his Junior Men’s Trike record from earlier in the week, and Liz McTernan set a new record for a 600 m starting start sprint, timed over 200m, women’s arm power category.
If you look closely, you will see that Todd scratched in the first heat. They had a bad launch, and the bike flopped over. The decision was made for Cam to drive back to town to retrieve the spare front fairing in time for Todd to start in the third heat, which he did in an extremely expeditious manner.
Other things that happened:
After three exciting 5 mile heats, start was moved to 2.5 for a mixture of speed and qualifying runs.
Mark Anderson and Eric Ware had spent many nights and weekends building her streamliner, but it didn’t arrive complete, and so Mark continued working on it with an assist from Steve Nash. It was completed at 2 am this morning, they practiced a few starts with Teagan inside the Civic Center, and then it was time to load the bike and to take it up to start. Here, Mark is doing a final check.
Teagan got it down 305, easily qualifying for the five mile with a speed of 56.5 despite some tire rub. She will run again tonight.
Then it was back to work.
Looking forward to this evening.