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It is a tradition for all the teams to be photographer in front of the Civic Centre after the racers’ meeting. The teams being to gather.

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Altair arrives.

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Super Ketta 162. I was told that the number comes from the fact that this is the second bike that was made in year 2016.

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Steve and Hans with Ellen’s bike.

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Eta and Eta Prime.

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Noses.

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Racers.

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First attempt at group picture.

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Team Cygnus and Ellen.

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Ryohei, Todd, Evan, Calvin, (Rossdan behind), Thomas and Andrea.

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You never know who is going to show up.

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The group picture, now with more Vortex content.

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The Vortex riders.

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HPVDT at Battle Mountain (D. Guthrie photo)

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Team Mexico.

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I wonder how fast Aurélien would be on a unicycle?

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It took me four tries to get this many smiles from the Japanese team.

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Perhaps this is because there were always being followed by their media people.

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Start list for tonight. Fingers crossed for low winds.

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BM2016: Saturday AM results

Only one legal wind run, which was unfortunately since a couple of people made personal bests.

Moonset in the morning.

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I was granted another morning of freedom from timing, so I stayed for the first heat, and then roamed around.

Tetiva through the traps.

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Rossdan in Vortex, first of five morning runs, building on the five morning runs yesterday.

Sherry getting ready for the next run.

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Peter warming up in the DF.

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The big gravel pile at 5 mile start has been reduced to this.

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View from the top.

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Alexei warming up for his second run of the morning. He did a personal best, but it was not wind legal.

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Thomas getting ready for the third Vortex run.

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Taping in Peter.

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Here he is after the run.

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Rossdan after his run.

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Loading Vortex for another run.

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Greg after his run. He said it was above 60 mph with about a mile to go, but he couldn’t hold it thru the traps.

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People checking out the DF.

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Yes, that is plumber’s putty around this front nose panel.

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Full results here.

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BM2016: Friday PM results

Tonight we had near ideal conditions for racing, with next to no wind for all three evening heats. Some people set personal bests, and several national records and personal bests were set.

One thing that is new this year is that there is a display board that shows elapsed time so that people in the spectator area can get a preview of the speeds.

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Ken, Ryohei, Aurélien, Andrea, Yasmin and Florian all set personal bests resulting in the following records:

  • Ken Buckley, 76.59 mph, new British Men’s record.
  • Ryohei Komori, 80.06 mph, 80 mph hat, Japanese record, fast time of day, now ranked second in speed for the week.
  • Aurélien Bonnetau, 78.95 mph, French record.
  • Andrea Gallo, 78.85 mph, Italian record.
  • Yasmin Tredell, 71.05 mph, British Women’s record, now 2nd fastest woman.
  • Florian Kowalik, 65.93 mph, new world junior record.

Andrea going through the traps. Apparently staying up late and dancing did not affect his performance.

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Giorgio and Chiara are pleased.

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Florian discovering that his rear brake has been dragging for at least several runs, and wanting to keep this fact a secret before his evening run.

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Yasmin going fast.

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The Japanese were thrilled with Komori’s 80 mph. Just in time since several new team members showed up today.

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We bit adieu to Sarah and the Plymouth team who are leaving tomorrow after setting their world record this morning.

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Full results here:

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BM2016: Friday AM results

Danny and Arnold took over timing this morning so that I could roam around the course during the heats.

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Jan Bos in Velox 6 has the first run of the day.

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Sherry goes by the traps in Vortex.

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Team 60 @ 60 waiting to run their velomobile at start. Check out the small, clear tail fairing.

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Other teams parked at start.

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Evan getting taped in. He ended up earning a 60 mph hat. I rode the chase vehicle down the track with him.

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Sarah at catch.

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She set a new women’s arm powered world record of 24.85 mph, just edging out Liz McTernan’s mark from last year.

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Vortex headed back up to start. They ran the bike five times this morning with five different riders. That has to be some kind of record.

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Dave in his sweep car.

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Ken coming into catch.

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Larry being freed from Super8.

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He looks tired.

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Thomas at catch, getting out of Vortex.

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Rode the sweep car back up to start with Dave. We went xxx mph through the traps backwards.

Greg Thomas awaits his run in the DF velomobile.

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Barclay having the belly hatch of his trike taped up.

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Rossdan getting ready for his run.

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George and Carole Leone have been our starting officials all week.

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Jonathan Woolrich monitors launches to see if they conform to the 15 m rule.

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It looks like Andrew Sourk has maintained his sense of humor despite all the problems that he has had this week.

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HPVDT meeting at the 2.5 before Chris’ run.

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Andrew in TriAge getting ready.

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All taped up and ready to go. The Mexican team was crewing for him.

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Adam Ince getting ready.

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Chris about to ride Vortex for it’s fifth trip down the track this AM.

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Triage taking off. Andrew had his first successful run down the track in this last 2.5 mile heat.

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Here are the full results.

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Some video at catch.

BM2016: Thursday PM results

A good session of racing where the wind gods were mostly kind to the racers. The stands were more full than usual.

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Several people set tbeir fast times for the week, if not necessarily equal to their personal bests.

Jan Bos finishing.

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Ellen

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Super Ketta gets in a fast run, but not wind legal.

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Also note that Andrea upped the Italian record to 76.13 mph, earning at 75 mph hat, Yasmin earned a 7o hat, and Florian upped the men’s junior record to 63.86 mph.

Full results here:

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After the evening meeting, the Mexican team invited us all to a restaurant to celebrate Independance Day. It was also Al Krause’s birthday.

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Dined with the team,

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although I left when there was much music and dancing. (My wedding vows specifically forbid me from dancing in public)

 

 

 

BM2016: Thursday AM results

Winds were mostly low this morning, and there were some fast runs. This is what zero wind looks like at timing.

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Peter Borenstadt and Greg Thomas showed up to see how fast they could push a production velomobile. They went 48 and 55 mph in qualifying, but they are just getting started.

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Adam Ince gets a clean run in Dos to the Tres.

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Andrea sets a new Italian record of 74.22 mph.

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Larry’s Super 8 is now all stickered up.

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Barclay in Take 2.

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Gareth a bit slower than yesterday in All Overzealous. Sounded like something was rubbing in the drivetrain.

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Mary finds that standing in the middle of the road can improve radio reception.

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Team Sugowaza finally runs the five mile and goes 73.56 mph, although there are some new scratches on the bike.

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Full results:

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BM2016: Wednesday PM results

A fine evening of racing, with most people setting new highest speeds for the week, even if some of them were not personal bests.

First heat: Aurélien, Jan and Alexei all raise their speeds for the week, but falling just short of their respective personal bests. Given that all three riders were getting used to new bikes, there is plenty of room for improvement. Thomas Ulph set a new personal best just shy of 60 mph and upgraded his hat to 55 mph in the process.

In the second heat, Jan Marcel unshipped his chain and then coasted five miles on what he said was three pedal strokes of power, coming through the traps at about 40 mph.  Andrea would have set a new Italian record of 76 mph if the wind had been a little slower.

Third heat: two new world records. Florian went a little slower than this morning, but set a new junior men’s record of 62.69 mph. Given that he went 65 earlier in the day, we look forward to this record being reset again.

Todd Reichert bumped up his men’s record to a blazing 88.26 mph = 142.04 kph.

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We surprised him with a specially commissioned 88 mph hat!

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Congrats to Aerovelo for really raising the bar for everyone.

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Full results here: (click to embiggen)

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Update: Dave Larrington’s more comprehensive coverage of the day’s events.

Also Aerovelo’s account of the week. Watch this video carefully.