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Finally made it to Battle Mountain - 10hr flight to the delightful Las Vegas followed by a sleepless night in the gaudiest casino/hotel know to man, and then endless hours of team faffing before an 8hr drive north through Nevada to Battle Mountain. If you want to know what it's like to drive through Nevada just sit in the oven whilst staring at this photo for 8 hrs:
After more fannying around with motel bookings this morning the team (four of us + two film crew) managed to get rooms together at the Big Chief Motel, as the Royal Inn was occupied by very happy singing Mexicans all night (the rodeo is in town this weekend apparently...)

Happily spent the morning getting covered in grease building up the Baron Lowracer training bike, which we may end up running on dependent upon whether DHL can pull their finger out. I recon we can lash up a fairing for the Baron from some plumbing pipe and a roll of cling film... :)

Soup Dragon was apparently released from customs at 8am Sat morning despite them being closed over the weekend?, but is in Cincinatti customs (four day drive away), so we've now got to put our faith in DHL arranging an alternative address, next day, fly/drive delivery to Battle Mountain on Tues, after they told us it had already been delivered to the hotel in Las Vegas last week. Bets anyone?

Its properly hot and dry here: 41 degrees C in Las Vegas, a bit cooler at 29 degrees here, but very dry and hard to stay hydrated.  Off to the scrutineering in a wee while, hopefully we'll bump into Dave there... I'll try to take some photos



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Thanks for the reportage Russell. At least you're there even if the bike isn't. Fingers crossed here.
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Most of The Usual Suspects arriving at the Super 8 saw this:



and immediately concluded that the growly red thing is mine, not the two-tone white-and-dirt sh*tbox Dodge in the background.  Though the latter is not actually as horrible to drive as previous MoPar products I've been saddled with on previous trips.

Everybody is ready to qualify apart from the Soup Dragon, the team from Universidad de la Salle (Mexico) and IUT Annecy (France).  The weather forecast looks OK, albeit a bit windy in the evenings and Mr Sir Generalissimo Timelord Jun Nogami wants his crew ready to leave town at hours 0600, so I'm going to bed...
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Good luck Russ and the rest of the crew fingers crossed you get the soup dragon on time.
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Indeed. It's possibly being picked up in Reno (3hrs drive away) by one of our team tomorrow (tues) am. In the meantime I've hopefully blagged a run in Greg's Milan SL on the 2.5mile in tomorrow's qualifying runs - 53mph was the marker laid down today.
In the meantime here's a picture of a TV screen showing some drone footage taken this morning:

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Results now up from Monday morning qualifiers; Andrea Gallo in Taurus set the pace with 69.77 mph; the second fastest run ever over the short course.  Karen Darke would have smashed the women's handcycle record with her 39.11 mph but the wind was too strong for it to count :(  Jennifer Breet, Lieke de Cock (both in VeloX 8) and Matthias König (VeloX XS) also over 60 mph.  Calvin Moes had issues with the brakes on Eta Prime working when they weren't supposed to and vice-versa - now sorted.  Sole Junior rider Ishtey Amminger dropped the chain in Garrie Hill's trike CO2 (a replica of the former trike record holder Completely Overzealous) and a couple of people went down at the start but got going at the second attempt.  All went pretty smoothly, which is probably a first for the opening day of the event.

Keep an eye on Jun Nogami's blog at https://jnyyz.wordpress.com/category/hpv/ for the latest results; Jun is our Chief Timelord.
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Still no sign of the package, we're sadly coming to the conclusion that it may be lost. Does anyone have any contacts high up in DHL either in UK or US who could help? Any assistance much appreciated.
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Doing our best Russell ……had a word with team "Blue Peter" UK 
Is this velomobile considered to be legal for Battle Mountain ?
With thanks to XAP BOB on the CTC forum 

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Executive summary of Monday night and Tuesday morning: wind.  And p*nct*r*s.  No wind-legal runs in either session.

Things ended up running very late last night because People and She Who Must Not Be Named.  She attacked Eta Prime, VeloX XS (Matthias riding) and ARION 4 (Ken riding), so the teams of the two-wheelers have a fair bit of sanding to do today.  Eta Prime was particularly scary as it looked like it was never going to stop spinning.  "I was starting to get bored" said a remarkably sanguine Calvin Moes afterwards.  Taurus was fastest with 78.something in spite of a close call with a couple of deer running across the road in front of the bike.  Both VeloX 8 riders were also over 70 mph.

This morning it was Taurus' turn for a Visitation, three miles from the traps.  I'm not sure whether they managed to retrieve the bike mid-course before it fell over and they're planning to run tonight.  When the wind forecast is also the Suxx0r.  Best runs over the full course this morning were again the two VeloX 8 riders; 67.6 for Lieke and 66.2 for Jennifer.  Ken in ARION4 is closing in on record pace with a 45.2 mph pass in a crosswind well over twice the legal maximum.

Latest on the Soup Dragon Saga is, after threats of exposure on CNN, that it's promised in Reno for 9 am tomorrow.  Russell Bridge had a run on the short course in Greg Cantori's Milan SL and clocked 55.6.  Greg is having to fly back east to rescue his boat from incoming hurricanes but the Milan is staying here for now and Russ will ride it again tomorrow morning.

At the moment I am taking advantage of everyone being over at the Civic Center encouraging the Smalls to poke their bikes with little jammy fingers so as to upload photos and have a snooze.

* who do actually have a crew filming us.
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Your play-by-plays of action at Battle Mountain as it unfolds is very entertaining.  Having a connection to some of the cast members makes it even better.  The description of driving through Nevada, complete with photo op is quite accurate.   

Kevin D, I trust you steered everyone away from our "friends" at Parcel Monkey when they shipped the Soup Dragon.  Having fresh experience getting my FRO from the UK to clear across the US was also a bit of a nail biter.  

Keep the reports coming!

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