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Waterford 2017 Day 2

Sunday dawned clear and bright. Here is our entire fleet: four ‘liners plus two stock recumbents. Unfortunately, by this point, only one of our¬†four liners was working: good ol’ Vortex.DSC01112

The very nice homebuilt lowracer that Amanda was racing all weekend.

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First up: the 200 foot sprint. Sorry that not all photos in this set are in focus. Also please don’t be offended if I name you by bike, but it’s a bit like owning a dog in our neighbourhood. I know all the dogs’ names.

Here’s Dennis approaching the traps.

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Amanda

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Hase Pino. The Archibalds won the multi rider class.

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One of the Grove City students.

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Isaac in Vortex.

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Steve (who learned to ride a recumbent yesterday)

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Cruzbike Vendetta.

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Richard

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Mike Mowett

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Rans Stratus with the old school fabric mini fairing.

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Wally Kiehler, long time HPRA racer and Wolverbents member. I remember racing against him when I lived in Michigan. He was faster than me back then, and he’s still faster than me.

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Dennis

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Dan Z in Mistral. Note the small circular opening for the one sided landing gear.

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Robert on another very clean homebuilt bike patterned after a Rans XStream.

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Susanna, another new rider for us.

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It took a while for me to realize that the velomobile to the left was a quad.

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Calvin R was determined to get some seat time in Vortex at some point, so here he is after a practice run, coming in for a catch. You can see some additional wabi sabi picked up during the sprint event.

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Everyone lining up for the 12 mile short course race. This is the faster group.

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Adjusting a Go Pro

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Isaac would lead off for us, but we planned to have a couple of rider changes to give more people seat time.

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Unfortunately, his shift was cut short when the left crankarm detached!

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Streamliner action.

Next up was Bill

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Next rider change to Luke.

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Lots of streamliner traffic. Too bad our other two machines weren’t out there.

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Amanda and Christina on lab counting duty.

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Dennis takes the checkered flag.

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HPVDT Alumus Dan Z with his beautiful bike Mistral.

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Next up: the 12 mile stock race. Two guys decided to run Baron, and Susanna was going to solo on Speedmachine.

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Michael Moorhead (of Rose Hulman fame) catching a draft off of the tandem.

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These guys were neck and neck for the first half of the race.

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Steve in traffic.

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Rider change. I didn’t notice until I looked at this picture that Steve was competing in jeans.

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Calvin R insisted on riding, even though he picked up some pretty heavy road rash on his elbow and bottom yesterday.

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and he’s off.

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Rachel from Grove City.

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It hardly seems fair to draft off of an upright.

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All smiles in front.

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The U of T cheering section.

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Go Calvin!

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By virtue of riding the entire race, Susanna logged the most number of laps of any team member this weekend!

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Dennis takes the checkered flag, while Michael M just avoids getting lapped again.

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It’s a velomobile convention!

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Calvin checks out Mike Mowett’s M1.

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Then it was time for the awards. The first announcement was an update on the injured rider Cyrus. He went into emergency surgery around midnight last night.

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First place Streamliner Class: Dan Z.

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First place Stock Class: Dennis G

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1st Place Women’s: Amanda Z

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Kudos to the Grove City College team who picked up a couple of prizes. GCC hosted ASME five years ago.

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Then all too soon, it was time to pack up and hit the road.

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Thanks to the organizers, and our fellow racers. It is a pretty special community.

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Thanks also to the parents of Calvin M, Calvin R, and Luke for making the trip to show their support!

Note: all of the results are posted here: (thank Bruce Gordon for all of his hard work)

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Waterford 2017 Day 1.5

One of the objectives of the team was to get seat time for as many of the people on the team as possible, especially for the new members. After dinner, there was still plenty of daylight, and the track was ours for several hours. This was also a great opportunity since under HPRA rules, camera bikes (like Bluenose) are only allowed to run if there are no other bikes on the track.

Alan looked mighty smooth in Bluenose.

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Luke started the weekend with essentially no recumbent seat time, and graduated to riding Vortex tonight.

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Alan launching Calvin.

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Susanna trying Baron.

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Thomas fits in Bluenose, and can pedal!

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Isaac in Bluenose.

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Be very afraid ūüėČ (Thanks to Luke’s mom for the picture)

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After sunset, the team pulled out a video projector and screen, which was a big upgrade from the time that all of us were packed in a van in the pouring rain watching Top Gun on a laptop.

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Weather looks better than the forecast for Sunday;

 

 

 

 

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Waterford 2017 Day 1

Saturday dawns clear and bright. Looks like a great day for racing.

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The team swamps registration.

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First up: the streamliner race. Unfortunately, even though we had three streamliners, our box of mirrors was left in another car. Fortunately, our good friend Garrie Hill provided us with 3×2 mirrors. Thanks Garrie!
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Going through tech.

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Racers’ meeting.

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Unfortunately, two out of our three bikes developed drivetrain gremlins and were not ready to go. However, we had Thomas in good old Vortex at the back of the field.

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Thomas passes the team frantically working on bikes.

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after a while, Thomas came with a derailed chain, and after it was fixed, we switched to Isaac.

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Eventual winner Dennis Grelk.

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Bruce.

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Richard

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Dennis finishes.

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Dan comes in second

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Richard is 80 years young.

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Bill with helmet mirrors.

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Lining up for the stock race.

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Low, medium, high.

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Dennis.

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I thought this was a Hase Pino since it was so clean, but it is a homebuilt, and this is Prof. Archibald and his wife Sally from Grove City College. Learn more from the MHPVA blog.

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Isaac doing a hot lap

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Calvin testing Tempest

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Garrie Hill and Rick Wianecki checking out our landing gear.

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Lining up for the hill climb.

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Alan in Vortex

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Dennis again.

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Luke

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Bill

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Calvin

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Calvin’s mom looking comfortable

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Start of the “fun race”

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Unfortunately, Cyrus (second from the right in the previous photo) had a bad crash and had a compound fracture of his right leg. He was taken away on a stretcher. Here’s hoping that he’s going to be OK.

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back in Waterford

This weekend, we’ll be having fun with the Michigan HPVA at their annual rally. This afternoon, the team was busy building new stands to carry streamliners.

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All loaded up and ready to roll. Other bikes will be travelling with two other cars.

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A word of advice: if you go grocery shopping with four hungry students, you have a tendency to get too much.

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Setting up camp as dusk falls.

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Looking forward to a couple of days of fun racing.

 

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Things are starting up again at the bike shop, after a brief post ASME lull. Here is Calvin with the credit card eraser AKA the drive for Axios

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A bunch of team members are getting their certification dives done fairly soon.

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and they are also getting various bikes in ship shape for the HPV racing at Waterford in a couple of weeks.

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From left to right: Bluenose, Axios, Eta’ top, Vortex, Eta’ bottom, Cyclone, and Tempest. Word is that the team is going to bring four streamliners to Waterford if we can figure out the transportation.

BTW: Thomas wants to go faster at Battle Mountain this year.

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ASME HPVC 2017: Day 3

Day 3 is the endurance race: 2.5 hours of wheel to wheel racing, and this year in the pouring rain.
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This Rose Hulman alum is going to be the signalling official for the quick turn hazard.

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Last minute prep on the bike. This year, one of the special tasks is to lock the bike in such a way that it takes up to 3 minutes to “steal” it. We are embedding a U lock around the roll cage.

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Akron is going to run without a fairing. You can see MS&T’s entry as well.

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The top seeds lined up at the start, sorted according to fastest women’s sprint time. SDSU is the team to beat this year. We’re near the very back since we didn’t have a women’s time.

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The “before” picture of the team.

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The thieves’ tool set. At various¬†times within a three minute window they get access to better equipment, such as the angle grinder at 2 minutes.

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Using a drop sheet to keep the bike somewhat dry.

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Calvin, Issac and Marie are going to count laps.

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This bike from Liberty University has a very loooong chain line.

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SDSU going fast.

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Fairly early on, our right side landing gear failed, so Calvin had to push the bike back to the pits.

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A broken cable stop is the culprit.

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This team’s fairing was getting progressively more waterlogged, making it sag and drag, so they cut it off.

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Sorting through some drivetrain gremlins. You can see the repaired chainring in this picture.

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The “thief” using an angle grinder to unlock our bike. We lasted a total of 2 minutes 50 seconds.

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At this point, there was still an issue with a jammed transmission, so Calvin ran a lap with the bike, and then Marie ran it around for a lap as well.

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Bringing it in over the start/finish line one last time.

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Despite all the trials and tribulations, the team is still smiling at the end.

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Congrats to the enduro winners: South Dakota State U.

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Overall winners are still to be announced, but I’m done blogging for the weekend. Proud of how our team managed to pull together a working bike this year. We’ll try a different design approach next year. Congratulations to all the teams!

Update: congrats to our friends at Rose Hulman for finishing first overall.

Full results are here.
We finished #24!

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ASME East Day 2

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.

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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.

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The Puerto Rican team had another agenda.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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In the meantime, all the female riders got in line.

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UW Madison.

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Rose Hulman is all smiles.

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Akron in the men’s sprint. They were seeded #1.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Here is Alan.

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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.

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