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2003 WHPSC Monday Racing Pictures and Results
Photos and wordage reported by Jeff Hunn.

           Monday's Results
           Travelogue to Battle Mountain - The Journey

Volunteer Larry Lem uses spray paint to mark the beginning of the timing area on S.R.305 Sunday afternoon.

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A group of race officials sets up markers on the S.R. 305 course on Sunday afternoon. Larry Lem (rear view) places a weight, while watching (left to
right) are George Leone, Mike Dorman, Paul Gracey, Dave Larrington, and Bill Gaines.
The Virtual Rush camera bike, minus the right half of its fairing, waits in the hotel hallway. It was built as the Virtual Edge by Matt Weaver, and is currently owned by Gardner Martin and the Easy Racers team and piloted by Mackey Martin.
George and Carole Leone (standing) address the racers, team members, and volunteers at the Monday morning meeting at the Battle Mountain Civic Center.
Fairings on the half shell--the Eivie team from Slovenia stored the halves of their two streamliner bodies in the hallway of the Comfort Inn.
This sign appears on I-80 at the eastern exit for Battle Mountain; I thought it was a good omen!
Volunteer Brad Teubner converses by handheld radio as things are set up for practice runs Monday morning. Brad is at the beginning of the 200M timing area; in the background you can see other volunteers setting up the end of the trap.
Paul Gracey tries to decide which way to move to avoid an oncoming truck. Actually, he's holding a sophisticated optical sensor housing (plastic
wastebasket) that directs a beam to a similar-looking unit (behind the feet of Dave Larrington, red shirt). Gusty winds and other problems forced the abandonment of optical timing in favor of pressure-activated timing tapes.
Brad Teubner watches as Thom Ollinger in the Coslinger Special goes through the beginning of the 200M timing area in a practice run Monday morning.
Brad Teubner watches as Fast Freddie Markham trips the beginning of the 200M timing tape on his practice run Monday morning. Freddie ran without
the fairing top because of gusty winds.
Matjaz Leskovar pilots the Eivie team bike headfirst and on his back on his way to recording a speed of 54.28 mph on Monday evening.
Thom Ollinger cranks up the Coslinger Special for its Monday evening run. Thom recorded a speed of 59.45 mph.
Sam Whittingham in the Varna Diablo picks up speed at the 1-mile mark on Monday evening on his way to recording a speed of 75.56 mph!
Rob Wood pilots the Norus streamliner past Ranch Road 1 during his run on Monday evening. Rob recorded 49.19 mph in windy conditions; he's eagerly awaiting calm conditions so he can "put the hammer down!"
In rapidly-approaching darkness, Fast Freddie Markham picks up speed in the Varna Mephisto at the 1-mile mark of his Monday evening run. Freddie
recorded a speed of 53.96 mph; the camera apparently recorded some fingerprints as well.
Monday Racing Results

Rob Wood, Norus, 49.19 mph, legal wind
Matjaz Leskovar, Eivie, 54.28 mph, non-legal wind
Sam Whittingham, Varna Diablo, 75.56 mph, legal wind
Thom Ollinger, Coslinger Special, 59.45 mph, legal wind
Mackey Martin, Virtual Rush, 37.09 mph, legal wind
Fred Markham, Varna Mephisto, 53.96 mph, legal win

Travelogue to Battle Mountain
I drove to Indianapolis, flew from Indy to Chicago's Midway airport where I changed planes, then flew to Salt Lake City with a stop in rainy Kansas City (KS or MO, I'm not sure which) to drop off some passengers and pick up some more. I don't really enjoy flying, but fortunately I got to experience 3 separate takeoffs and landings that day... At SLC I rented a car, called and met a friend for supper and a couch to sleep on overnight, then got a good start Sunday on the drive to Battle Mountain.

Not far west of SLC the speed limit on I-80 raises to 75mph, so I was able to make pretty good time for the 300-mile trip. It's a good thing, too, because the distances are deceivingly vast out here. I'd look down the long, flat road and think I was seeing a mile or so away, and it would be 10 or 15 minutes before I'd get to a landmark that I had seen!

About 100 miles west of SLC there's some sort of large sculpture rising perhaps 40-50 feet from the salt flats. It's a sort of column sprouting perhaps half a dozen large, multi-colored spheres from its top.

There are also several surrounding pieces looking like broken sphere pieces, as if one of the top spheres had fallen and broken, or perhaps something had hatched from one. There appeared to be some sort of plaque on the column, which was perhaps 40 feet off the north side of I-80.

I passed quite a few classic restored cars of various kinds heading west, including several beautiful old Chevrolet Bel-Airs. They brought back memories of a time before we knew about momentum and seat belts, when my sisters and I would argue over who got to sleep in the big back window of the car on family trips. Thanks, Dad, for not slamming on the brakes!

Just into Nevada I-80 begins a long climb to Silverzone Pass (5900 feet). The climb was several miles long, and I thought about what a chore it would be to climb that on a bike. Of course, it would be lots of fun to descend. I remember that on our 1991 (upright) tandem trip across the U.S. Jane and I discovered that the peaks in Nevada often seemed to be just about 15 miles apart, with a long, wide valley in between. We'd be at one peak, look to the next one, ride for an hour or so to get there, then check our cyclometer to find that it had been 15 miles since the last one. I remember that one day we did 6 or 7 of those 15-mile peak-to-peak journeys.

Exit 365 has a sign saying "Prison Area--Hitchhiking Prohibited." Another sign said the exit was for Independence Valley. Which came first--the valley name or the prison? I'm guessing that someone with a warped sense of humor decided to build a prison there...

About 80 miles out of Battle Mountain I saw a large billboard for Battle Mountain boasting "Voted Armpit of America," and "Make us your pit stop!" About that time I was listening to an Elko, Nevada radio station and heard a commercial for the World Human Powered Speed Championships! This was followed by another commercial new to me, an Army-sponsored spot urging people to have their kids stay in school because "you taxpayers pick up 40% of dropouts' food and medical bills." Interesting motivation.

As I was exiting I-80 at Battle Mountain I noticed a sign saying "Bicycles Must Exit." That seemed to me like a good omen!

Jeff Hunn 9/16/03

 

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