Re: 2017 Races
Posted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:01 pm
Pope on a Rope wrote:WTF is up with people not running wheel covers, especially in un-faired wheels? Buggy speed is about the sum of a lot of tiny improvements. I saw multiple orgs moving in the wrong direction on this element. Most of the sigs (epp and nu) and a few others as well.
Clearly those people have other priorities than buggy speed. Some of the wheel covers that were run looked pretty shoddy when stationary.
Pope on a Rope wrote: It also showed that the men's buggy trap speeds are about 1 mph quicker than the women's buggy trap times. I suspect smaller humans generate less of an initial velocity for the freeroll. This is closer than I would have guessed based on historical free roll times.
I think the historical times are a bit distorted because the talent level in the women's field has been ramping up to match the men's, and presumably lighter pushers are helped more by the drop in buggy weights. In the last 30 years, the men's record has dropped 4 seconds, the women's 15. Spirit's '88 men would still make today's A teams, but their women might not make SDC A.
Elmo Zoneball wrote:Can somebody explain exactly where this speed trap was located?
At the downhill edge of the monument - the spot where an observer on Flagstaff Hill would see the buggy emerge from behind the monument.
About 130 feet uphill from the lamppost that is the "traditional" chute flagging spot.