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No runs Tuesday evening because rain, wind, thunder, lightning and four blokes on horseback making a bloody nuisance of themselves.

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Wednesday's photos at: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm52Xgn9

No weather issues this morning but still enough untoward activity to keep us Organisators on our toes.  The linear drive machine from Mexico's De La Salle Universidad was still proving difficult or impossible to point in the right direction, even with the arm-power wossname disconnected; they have yet to complete a qualifying run.  As haven't the Japanese entry; Super Ketta Machine 162 was at the short course start but didn't do a run.  Dunno why.  Isaac Chung had to abort his run in Toronto's Bluenose with "something rubbing"; when Thomas Ulph started his run in the same bike he snapped the final drive chain.  Chief Timer Jun Nogami merely decked Bluenose three times and packed thereafter.  Barbara Buatois had three failed launch attempts, went to the back of the line and failed thrice more.

A communication cockup meant we thought Ken in ARION 3 had scratched after a fall at the start; he aborted his restart attempt after another tumble and something rattling around in the bowels of the bike.  Timing issues meant no time for current outright fastest rider Calvin Moes and only a reading from VeloX 7's onboard GPS for the flying Aniek Rooderkerken of 70.60 mph to displace Yasmin at the top of the women's leader board.  One of the Liverpool PSOs failed to plug ARION 3's derailleur power lead back in leaving Yasmin unable to get out of first gear and spun out after 200 m - she coasted the rest of the way and still clocked 42 mph though her freewheeling distance was some way short of that achieved by my man Jan-Marcel van Dijken last year.

Fastest official run of the day was Andrea in Taurus, with a wind-legal 75.15, with Alan Petit clocking 67.63 in Eta Prime.  More Stuffs to follow after tonight's runs if the weather doesn't shaft us again.
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Originally posted by legs_larry legs_larry wrote:

One of the Liverpool PSOs failed to plug ARION 3's derailleur power lead back in


Um, I always thought IHPVA rules on energy storage effectively prohibit electronic shifters. But then I often think things that turn out not to be the case.
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Wednesday night continued Toronto's piss-poor fortune with Bill Kong decking Bluenose shortly after a near-69 mph run, Calvin Moes unshipping Eta Prime's chain again and Alan Petit falling into a dry stream bed only a few yards from the start.  Liverpool's main sk8r d00d is on the sick with heat stroke, so Ken nobly sacrificed his run to launch Yasmin instead; she was close to 70 mph in spite of "something rubbing".  Fastest run of the evening was Andrea Gallo in Taurus at just under 76, and currently we have more thunder, lightning, rain and a wind Mighty and Rushing enough to have ripped the Customs paperwork off one of HPT Delft/Amsterdam's shipping crates.

And we had a surprise visit from Axl Rose[1]:

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This morning we did the five mile runs before the short course ones, because wind.  The wind, being fickle and capricious, failed to do as it was told.  Barbara finally managed to get the Varna camera bike down the full course with a respectable 65.81 mph while Shinsuke Kouzai completed his first run of any kind with 67.17 on the short course in Super Ketta Machine 162.  He then locked the brakes coming into catch and slid into the brush yet again.  Isaac Chung in Bluenose managed to crash while slowing down too, taking his eye off the ball to change gear!  "No" said long-suffering team captain Calvin Moes, "you can leave it in top after timing..."  Calvin was fastest again today, 73.22 with non-legal wind; Aniek was also over 70 but with similar wind issues and Ellen and Iris both did legal 68s.

"Was it rubbing or burning this time ha ha" I asked one of the Liverpool PSO's after Yasmin's ~65 run.  "Both" quoth he.  Ken decided not to run.

The second Mexican bike made its debut.  Not sure if they were using both arm and leg power but we had to pull it off the course.  The ASBO does 10 mph when in gear at idle.  I was having to brake to avoid getting too close, and we needed to re-open the road.  I do not see either of the Mexican bikes even completing a qualifying run.

Weather forecast for tonight: windy
Weather forecast for tomorrow morning: bloody freezing

Bah!

Edit: Check out Larry Lem's fantastic save at the start of this vid - hopefully it's available to those without a Facething account.




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Rain stops play

And this, together with some of its large, damp pals, is why there were no runs on Thursday night either.  Bah!
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Pretty calm but bloody freezing this morning.  Like 6 Celsius.  Send thick woolly socks.  Calvin Moes once again quickest with a wind-legal 79.28 mph, no doubt inspired by the presence of Todd and Jenny Reichert in catch.  Shinsuke Kouzai seems to have got the hang of the Super Ketta Machine 162 with a bangin' 76.82 on his first run down the full course.  Early runs were all a bit too windy as well as cold and neither Ken nor Yasmin got a legal run in.  Isaac Chung continued his investigation of the local flora, once again putting the much-crashed Bluenose into the brush after going through timing.

Sadly Barbara Buatois still hasn't regained her starting mojo and was unable to make a run in either bike.  More Bad Gallic Swears ensued.  Forecast for the remainder of the event is no rain, low winds, moderate evening temperatures and even colder tomorrow morning, with riders filling just about every available starting slot for the final three sessions.  No further short course runs unless we can find space to squeeze in Natasha Morrison's unfaired bike in the 600/200 class.
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Tonight was not as windy as we'd feared but all runs were into an illegally high headwind.  Which didn't seem to hinder Calvin Moes in Eta Prime, who got 79.3.  The 80 mph hat beckons if a half-decent bit of weather can be had.  Shinzuke Kouzai in Super Ketta Machine 162 now also appears to be over his earlier problems, with 74.94 mph.  No-one else was over 70, so that's all a bit meh by current standards.  Of the BRITONS Ken decided not to run, partly because of the wind - he was down for heat one when it was strongest - and partly because he is a Gentleman and didn't want to break the bike before Yasmin had a go.  She did 68.27 in the penultimate run of the night.  At the moment, though, it looks like Aniek Rooderkerken in VeloX 7 is most likely to break the women's record of 75.69 mph.

While the bikes may not have broken any records tonight, the nine year old mark for Highest Speed Set By The Sweep Car was broken when Officer Steve Day of the Nevada Highway Patrol brought his Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat out to play.  Supercharged 6.2 litre V8, 707 bhp.  We hit 187 mph Big smile (no, he didn't let me drive it...)
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The usual brilliant reports from legs_larry. On the timing link below I did notice one UK result by Natasha who raced with the BHPC at Redbridge in 2017:
"Natasha on the Velociraptor, setting a new women’s record for the WRRA at 34.62 mph".
https://jnyyz.wordpress.com/category/hpv/
 
Best of luck to Natasha, Yasmin, and Ken on the last day.
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