Me: It was pretty cool, but the only BEARS I saw were in Canada.
Arnold: That's because they have better healthcare!
Maybe you had to be there. Anyway, off we went into the pre-dawn dark to set timing Stuffs up. This is actually pretty straightforward once Jun has remembered how it all goes together, that the light beam gadgets need batteries in them and that when using a plumb-line to make sure the sensors are set up exactly on the survey markers, that it helps if the said plumb-line is not two hundred metres away at the other end of the traps. The current timing crew is Jun (important Stuffs), me (wind speed readings), Marieke Ligtvoet (radio goddess and hammer-wielder) and Garrie Hill, who sits at the start of the measured 200m and periodically waves his hand in front of the light beam to check it all works.
We also had some spiffy flags on big poles, which fit into tubes attached to spikes that are hammered into the dirt:
Once these things are sorted out, we can actually start on time and in budget. The wind was not cooperative for the early runners and only four of the twelve runners had a reading below the permitted maximum. This being qualifying over the short course it mostly didn't matter too much, though had Karen Darke had legal wind, her 39.11 mph would have smashed the existing women's arms-only record by about 15 mph chiz.
|ARION 4 passing through timing|
|Greg Cantori/Milan SL|
|Andrea Gallo/Taurus. Prettier with the red nose it had last year, IMHO...|
|Something fishy going on here (ba-dum,tish)|
Once again Andrea was fastest, at 78.05 mph in spite of narrowly avoiding a couple of substantial deer strolling across the road. The first, he said, was about 15m ahead of the bike. The second was somewhat closer. "I look on screen - only black!" Both VeloX 8 riders was also over 70 mph wit Ellen van Vugt not far behind. Light conditions in the evening do not appear to play nicely with my camera, so I suppose I'll have to RTFM.
|Jennifer Breet/VeloX 8, testing the limits of my camera|
Update on the Soup Dragon delivery by DHL: there is no update! After many depressing hours on hold on the phone today the result is that they “think” it’s still in the Cincinnati hub but they can’t be sure. And they claim that they have no phone number for that depot and can only contact them by email which has a 6 hour response time limit. So we won’t get another update until tomorrow morning.In the meantime, Russ has been getting used to the camera business by riding an Optima Baron using his phone held in front of his face. A prize for the rudest term that "DHL" might be short for. "Drop it, Hide it, Leg it" is not snarky enough.