Speed. Terror. Joy.
The 2015 Street Luge World Series Circuit is about ready to kick off. This global circuit consists of seven races spanning four continents. The champion is crowned at the end of the season, as the person with the most points given their four best performances.
Several years ago I upgraded my static website to Drupal 6 combined with Gallery2 for my photos. Not longer after that Drupal 7 and Gallery3 came out, but G3 wasn't compatible with Drupal 7. 3.1 was supposed to be, but it was taking a while for it to come out. I held off on updating my site. My site was beginning to get stale, and I wasn't sure what to do, when word came down that the Gallery team decided to throw in the towel, 3.1 won't be coming out. My site was having some issues with Drupal 6, it was time to upgrade. But to what?
I finally got around to putting together a video from some of my footage. My first video is a montage from Maryhill 2014.
About 100 kilometers from Porte Alegre, Brazilians fourth largest metropolitan area lies the small shoe making community of Teutonia. About 10 kilometers from Teutonia, up in the mountains, is a popular picnic destination Lagoa da Haromia. About half way between the two is a steep, paved cliff. The course for the fastest race on earth.
Copa de Los Andes Tarma
3000 meters high into the Andes lies the Pearl of the Andes, Tarma, Peru. Tarma is also referred to the city of the flowers. There are many flower fields surrounding the city. In April there is the Semana Santa a colorful procession on carpets of flowers.
Tarma lies in a valley in the Andes, continuing up another half hour lies the course. The course starts on a relatively straight section. The top portion is fairly slow leading up to two sets of hairpins. They aren’t quite back to back, but fairly close. Leaving the second hairpin the speeds start to build up heading into a hard left. The road continues in a fairly straight to one more set of double hairpins. For here the road gets a little steeper and the speeds pick up for the final straight. The majority of the spectators gather around the high speed right hand turn and the finish line.
Verdicchio Euro Championships
In Central Italy is the Marche region, famous for growing the white wine grape, Verdicchio. Jesi, not far from the Adriatic Sea is most famous for the Verdicchio grape. Just a few minutes up the road is the small town of Castelplanio.
Campionato del Mondo
Teolo is a municpality in Parco Regionale Dei Colli Euganei, an enormous national park outside of Venice. The region is surrounded with wineries, and is a popular destination for the weekend bicyclist.
The course starts in Castelnuevo and ends in Teolo. But this year a portion of the track was washed away. The road was closed for several months as it was rebuilt. It was reopened just weeks before the race! A good majority of the road was repaved.