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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote legs_larry Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 September 2019 at 7:45am
Saturday pm a bit of a let-down as it was, to use the technical term, Bastard Windy.  Only Yasmin, in the very last run of the event, got a legal one, with 55.66 mph.  She then blew through catch with scarcely diminished velocity.  It was mooted that this was so she could be first in the queue at the bar at the awards bash.  Vittoria was the fastest of the night with a 71.

Awards bash was long and noisy and made me want to tear the rainbow unicorn horn off Bas de Meijer's hat and jam it up his arris for getting it in the way of everyone else's photos.  Bah.

The Young People are off partying.  I am having a nice cup of tea and a lie down.
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Well done Russ and the LSBU team. Also well done to Yasmin and the Liverpool team.
 
Please make sure to invite Ken and Yasmin to our BHPC events. We would love to see them at one of our races.
 
Does BM count towards any BHPC awards: Homebuilding, Unfortunate Scotsman etc?
 
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Amazing effort Russ and the team! Why did it take so long to build the first one! Tongue

Ken and Yasmin both came to Darley Moor one year - they were both VERY fast, and Ken has raced at Hillingdon.
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Nosey at the re-jigged bike before we packed it up:

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Recent Farcebok post from Ken said that he's officially retired from racing streamliners, while I suspect Yasmin may be busy concentrating on her other sport up to the end of July next year.

Not much else to report except that a public-spirited person - I think a member of the IUT Annecy team - found a cheque for three hundred of your Earth dollars in the street.  Now, for ease of non-USAnians turning them into actual cash money, there is no payee name on the said cheques but they can be traded for greenbacks at the cashier's office in the casino section of the Wol Club in town.  However, to allow the organisators to keep track of them, they have the winner's class and position written in large friendly letters on the back.  So it was not difficult to determine who it belonged to.  Suffice it to say that it was one of the Liverpool riders and her name isn't "Ken" oops what a giveaway.  Liverpool have form for this sort of thing, up to and including losing actual team members.  Drink may be involved.
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Originally posted by russellbridge russellbridge wrote:

Nosey at the re-jigged bike before we packed it up:

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Thanks for the "look see" Russ, rather you than me, you're bonkers riding that thing, any rider riding a streamliner is bonkers! Shame things didn't work out, but why the fundamental problems with handling weren't experienced and rectified in the UK prior to going?
Ian, racing again No 6.
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The main problem (as well as naively carrying over largely untested geometry from the old bike) is lack of suitable test venue in the UK - to get a BM machine up to speed needs three miles, preferrably downhill, dead straight road/runway/other, with smooth tarmac, no traffic, no rain etc etc.  The best we could find was Elvington nr York (5hr drive for London lot), which really wasn't suitable. The bike felt OK up to 35mph in the UK, but that wasn't fast enough to demonstrate the handling problems.

Anyway, enough of those problems, we've got real problems here in our overnight stop in Lake Tahoe - we just left our rooms to go down to dinner and there's a bloody big BEAR! in the car park:
We've informed reception who've told us that animal welfare don't work weekends, so the Police have been called.  We left via the other door and are off to find bloody big steaks...
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Russell - completely agree about the lack of test tracks in the UK for BM type tests.
 
IMHO the solution is to build Greenways. We have enough old rail tracks in the UK to do this. Sections of these greenways could be segregated between cyclists and walkers such that a premium section could be cordoned off for: TT, autonomous ULV testing, BM testing or such like. Recreational cyclists could be diverted onto shared footpaths while these tests are taking place. 
 
This is not a BHPC objective but I have been personally chipping away at this for the past 2 years. I get to take the Mayor of Cambridgeshire out for a cycle ride and I get letters back from Jesse Norman saying only fit riders will cycle between Oxford and Cambridge but I am making very little progress which is bleeding frustrating.
 
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Q; how do riders from other countries get to test their machines?

Suggestion; is it worth looking into getting part of the MIRA test track resurfaced, so that it is more HPV friendly?

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote russellbridge Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 September 2019 at 4:17pm
All of the teams I spoke to (Denise, Hans and Ellen, Dutch, Italians etc) all had access to a 2-4mile bowl, and were doing regular tests. I think the only places in the UK are Millbrook and MIRA. Anyone have any contacts there?
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