I posted yesterday's Diary entry fairly early and a bit went on afterwards. The first person I met on arrival, fittingly enough, was Georgi Georgiev, busy polishing the Varna Battle Mountain round the back. Once again no Sam Whittingham this year; he has banged himself up quite badly crashing upright bikes of late, but I understand he probably wouldn't have been in attendance anyway. The Dutch PSOs have been around for a day or two; the team from the University of Toronto have also set up shop in the Civic Center. Team Cygnus is here, with new faces Sjaak Bloemberg and Erika (Mrs Jan-Marcel) doing their utmost to keep Thomas and Jan-Marcel in check. A forlorn hope, I fear.
|Georgi Georgiev polishing the Varna Battle Mountain|
Late up - 09:00 - so I only managed to blag a couple of the Super 8's specialty addictive cinnamon sticky things before it was coffee only. I spent the ensuing period watching Larry Lem, Eric Ware and John Jackson fettling Larry's old machine Beluga, last in action in 2007, for local lass Teagan Patterson to ride. Teagan is small and powerful, a track racer and college student in Grand Junction, CO. Update: she has managed to ride the bike without the top on and will be heading out again for more practice in the morning with a view to qualifying on Tuesday.
|Teagan Patterson gives Larry Lem the Evil Eye; Eric Ware (F) and John Jackson look on.|
|Eta, from the University of Toronto, gets painted on the first day of the event. Unlike Bluenose last year...|
|Greg Thomas inspects the various bits of Shiny and Clever on Velox 4|
|Jonathan Woolrich and designer/builder/rider Al Grace winning the fight with Slippery Slug's front wheel.|
|Slippery Slug ready(ish) to roll. Cameras are hidden in the nose.|
On dogs: There are dignified dogs. And then there's Rocky: