One last heat, and it was a good one. Many people did their personal bests, and the winds were mostly cooperative. Almost every run there was something to celebrate at the timing table.
First heat: The first run was a big one. Damjan Zabovnik finally went over 80 mph. He scared us all by crashing after the traps and running into the bridge, but he was OK.
Larry Lem goes a personal best 67.71 mph and earns a 65 mph hat.
Dave Collins goes must faster than before, and earns a 70 mph hat.
Finally, Teagan Patterson, in her fourth ride on a bike that was completed just this week, goes goes 65.57 mph. There is so much potential for the future here. Michele, who was helping us out at timing, was beyond thrilled.
Heat 2: Through the seeding system that we use now, Todd was able to get slots in heats 2 and 3, and since the wind was a bit high, he elected to run in the third heat. Thus the first bike down the road was Jan Marcel in Cygnus, and he went 76.49, short of his desired 80.
Next was Ellen who posted her fastest time of the week, but the wind was not legal.
Allen Petit went 56 mph in Vortex, and bagged a 55 mph hat.
Finally Florian went 54 mph in CO2. He needs to figure out how to pace his tremendous power so that he can hit his peak speed in the traps.
Third heat: Todd resets the world record to 86.65, just shy of his goal of 140 kph. We tried to keep this one on the QT to surprise people at the banquet, and mostly succeeded.
Andrea Gallo pushes his best to 72.19.
Ken goes 75.03, just getting the next level hat.
Finally, Sherry, who qualified in Vortex this morning, earned a 55 mph hat. Not a bad way to end the week.
More images and stories to follow along with a wrapup, but for the moment, it’s time to go to the award banquet.