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2002 WHPSC Monday Racing Results
By Monday morning almost everyone had arrived. The Varna team, The Delair team, the Bearacuda team, the Mango team, and others were gathered at various hotels. Gardner Martin still hadn't made it due to car troubles, Matt Weaver had come in late at night and was working on his bike in Shar Petersons garage, and the White hawk team was reportedly en-route from the airport in San Francisco.

Monday morning was the racers meeting. Garrie Hill explained the rules to the competitors and volunteers, and everyone got a chance to get their questions answered. It was decided that racers should be at the start line at 4:30pm for the races. The Smithsonian group, who will be in Battle Mountain all week to film a documentary on the race for a kids oriented PBS show, had everyone sign releases. The show will focus mostly on Tanya Markham, for the kids angle.

These pictures can all be clicked on for a higher resolution image.

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whpsc2002-delair-setup2-sm.jpg (12603 bytes) Back at the hotel, Larry Lem simulates pedaling at 100MPH on Steve Delair's streamliner test mule bike. The dual 700C bike was actually quite low.
Also in the hotel lot, Steve Delair put some finishing touches on his new streamliner. This is a 12 foot long bike with a tunnel between the riders knees. Steve built this bike to be able to use 406mm or 700C wheels. whpsc2002-delair-setup3-sm.jpg (13146 bytes)
whpsc2002-delair-setup4-sm.jpg (13431 bytes) Here's the FWD drive-train on Steve's Monocouque streamliner. Steve used only the finest recycled aerospace materials in this bike's construction.
After the meeting and the quick trip back to the hotel,  it was time to perform tech inspection. Here, Garrie and Bill Murphy inspect the Bearacuda tandem streamliner. Yeah, it's big. No sharp objects? Helmets OK? Brakes? OK! good to go! Mwhpsc2002-bear-tech-sm.jpg (14058 bytes)
whpsc2002-bear-tech2-sm.jpg (12935 bytes) Here's another shot of the Bearacuda. This bike is 14 feet long, and a couple feet wide, but hey, it's a tandem!
On the other side of the spectrum, there's the Mango, built by Miles Kingsbury and Rob English. It's less than 8 feet long, and very cool. Here, it sits on the bed in the hotel room.  This bike from the UK is the antithesis of the blue yonder. whpsc2002-mango-tech-sm.jpg (9531 bytes)
whpsc2002-mango-tech2-sm.jpg (16700 bytes) Here's a close up of the Mango's handlebars, brakes, and shifters. The shifting is unique in that the chains don't move, but the gear cluster does. The shifters just move the cluster. Rob sits hunched way over. Not too comfortable, but very compact and fast.
Sean Costin was hard at work finishing off the Coslinger Special. He still needed to install all the side windows. Things looked good until he discovered that his video monitor wasn't working. Time for a trip to Radio Shack! whpsc2002-coslinger-tech-sm.jpg (9538 bytes)
whpsc2000-varna-tech1-sm.jpg (9066 bytes) The latest Varna streamliner, the Diablo II, is actually just the the Diablo, having undergone a few nips and tucks. George Georgiev and Sam Whittingham narrowed the top, and shrunk the canopy significantly. They had to shrink Sam's head too...  Andrea Blaiseke will be racing the Mephisto (on the right).
Here's the Diablo chassis. This bike is deceptively simple. No suspension, an unsealed inner wheel fairing only on the rear wheel, and very tight wheel openings. The rear inner fairing has a hose the comes off of it which goes to Sam's air mask. the spinning wheel forces air into the mask, as well as road debris. Fortunately they are using an air   filter to screen out the big chunks... whpsc2000-varna-tech2-sm.jpg (11542 bytes)
whpsc2000-varna-tech3-sm.jpg (14503 bytes) Here's the Diablo in the foreground, and the Mephisto in the background. George told us that the bikes were actually named after their dogs, who were all black and named accordingly. He also mentioned that while Varna, Bulgaria is where he was born, the Varna company was named after a dog too. I see a pattern developing here...
George and Garrie discuss the rear suspension on the Mephisto. Garrie will soon be building a posse of Varna bodied streamliners.

The White Hawk team arrived with two massive shipping crates containing their two streamliners. They did not get tech inspected because the bikes were not unpacked. Matt Weaver was busily putting the Kyle Edge together and did not get tech inspected either. Rumor has it that he had a brand new streamliner nearly completed, but ran out of time and was convinced to bring the Kyle Edge instead.

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whpsc2002-andrea-sm.jpg (16291 bytes) Out to Sr 305! At the launch area, Andrea warms up on a trainer, while Jeff Caswell hams it up giving her a massage. Andreas significant other, Sam grins and bears it in the truck. Notice the coats? Temps were in the mid 50s, and the wind was gusting to about 25MPH.
Steve Delair seals Fast Freddy Markham into Steve's new streamliner. After setting hm up on the course it was found that Freddy could see the mountains but not the road. Oops!

Most of the racers chose not to race because of the wind. Warren Beauchamp (me) raced first in the Barracuda streamliner as all the other teams in my group declined to race due to the wind. It was so windy I got up to 40MPH and decided that was fast enough. I sailed the bike down the road at 36MPH for 2 miles without pedaling. Though I could have gone faster, some shred of sanity kept my speed down to 42.7 MPH thorough the traps. This was in a non-legal 5 M/sec head wind.

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whpsc2002-varna1-sm.jpg (5001 bytes) Sam Whittingham was the first bike in the of the second set of racers. The wind had died down some, and Sam turned in a legal 57MPH run.

Sorry for the crummy pictures, it was getting pretty dark...

Rob English, in the Mango turned in a 47MPH run. Rob said he was soft pedaling the whole was due to the wind. The bike really is that short, it's not an optical illusion. whpsc2002-mango1-sm.jpg (5612 bytes)
whpsc2002-bearacuda1-sm.jpg (5848 bytes) The Bearacuda team had a rough time with the wind, but they showed a great deal of gumption just to run in the adverse conditions. They were the fourth and last racer of the night, and ran the 200 Meters at 29MPH.

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