|Graeme gets comfortable in Vortex|
|Teenage hooliganism, or, what happens when your screen fogs up at 57 mph|
|Bluenose tail fin, now with added Shiny|
|Damjan and Eivie 4 at mid-course|
|Thomas van Schaik in Cygnus|
|Sergei Dashevski in Tetiva 3|
I always seem to end up sitting with the Cygnus lads at these meetings, which is usually a rich vein of comedy gold.
Frans (proudly): We can do a tyre change in mid-course!
Jan-Marcel (points at writer): I bet he could do a Fat Tire change...
(Fat Tire is the name of a rather nice amber ale brewed in Fort Collins, CO.)
Back to the Super 8 to upload photos, update the odd cycling forum, delete the usual spam from the inbox and update the Automatic Diary. The formatting has gone funny again. Arses. Return to the Civic Centre for group photos and the by now traditional visit from Officer Aten of the Highway Patrol, issuing speeding citations and genuine fake Junior Highway Patrol badges to the miscreants who have exceeded the speed limit on 305. Noticing a lurking Greg Thomas in the crowd, he tries to nick him for fleeing across the state line without collecting his ticket last year. Much ribaldry ensues, with a Several of people all coming up with the "three strikes and you're out" gag at the same time. In the group photos, Bluenose really does have a blue nose as they're in the middle of painting it. I told Todd that a gang of Scousers had nicked his bike and were repainting it prior to selling it.
|Ben Goodall, now with joke comedy go-faster haircut, receives his speeding ticket from Officer Aten|
|Most of the machines. Beastie and Big Nose Pete had already departed; Glowworm was too embarrassed to come out from under a tarp in the Super 8 parking lot|
|Bluenose at speed - now with appropriate paint job|
The Delft & Amsterdam PSOs are convinced that something of considerable import has just taken place and are demanding to know the speed immediately. The Doctor says "No" (do you see what I did there, eh?) as they are too busy dismantling the timing system and they'll have to wait until the results are formally announced. People are beginning to smell Rattus Norvegicus. I was unconvinced that the wind could have been legal, as was David Wielemaker eschewing the dubious delights of the Owl Club's nosh in favour of something frangible from The Scottish Restaurant next door, followed by sleep.
I cop a lift with Eric Ware, John Jackson and a bloke from Sacramento known only as Hoppy. We are joined by Sven and later 3/5 of Ben's gang; also Larry and Tom. For once we don't waste an hour or more on the door prizes but instead pile in straight away. Finally we are at the stage where everyone is sufficiently fed and watered to announce the results. Jun milks it for all it's worth. Incredibly, the wind at timing was legal for all four runs, of which the slowest was Jan with 74.13 mph, Next up was Auré at 75.64, followed by Jan-Marcel with 78.23. And then Sebastiaan's result. 83.13. Legal wind. New record. The team erupts.
|Sebastiaan is somewhere in the middle of that lot|
Medals are handed out to volunteers and riders and newly-achieved hats handed out. Jonathan is unconvincing in his impersonation of Graeme - too much hair and wrong accent for starters. Then George Leone's Special Awards, firstly the silly ones:
- Best Vintage HPV: Svengali
- Best Launcher: Hans van Vugt
- Best Catcher: Barclay Henry
- Best Catch Crew: HP Team Delft & Amsterdam
- Best Crash: Phil Plath and Randy Gillett in Glowworm
- Technical Innovation: Oleksiy Ryndin of the University of Toronto team, for his data display on the Bluenose camera system.
- HPV Spirit: Mike Mowett, most notably for his heroic drive halfway across the country carrying the Norus and all manner of bits and pieces, many of which found themselves being used on other team's bikes.
- Barbara Buatois (Varna Tempest)
- Ellen van Vugt (Velox S2)
- Sebastiaan Bowier (Velox 3)
- Wil Baselmans (Velox 3)
- Jan-Marcel van Dijken (Cygnus)
|L-R: Barbara, Ellen & Ben. Dave left midweek and it was probably way past Florian's bed-time ;-)|
|L-R: Sebastiaan, Wil, Jan-Marcel|