Insul Cup

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Insul Cup

Insul, Germany

About 10 minutes from the world famous Nürburgring lies the small town of Insul. There are two hotels in town, which are about the only thing of significance. The town is in a valley, with a river running through the town.

The course ends in town. The start is at the bottom of a cow pasture. The course winds back and forth, with five hairpins before making a hard right turn into town. The finish line is immediately after the turn.

Thursday, July 28

We rolled into town Thursday afternoon. After getting checked into the hotel room I headed over to the sports field where the bar

to get my helmet numbers. The helment won't pass tech without the correct number. Hopefully my equipment will come in later tonight, and I'll tech first thing in the morning.

After a schniztel dinner, I went back to the bar to hang out with everyone. There was a rumor that might be a racers meeting. The meeting was held about 11:00PM

Not a whole lot was said, other than a discussion of the schedule for tommorrow.

Friday, July 29

The weather didn't look all that great when I woke up.

apparently there were some radio problems. The start couldn't contact the finish. It was close to 11:00 when they finally got things squared away and we took off. The road wasn't too wet, the final hairpin seemed the slipperiest, but it wasn't too bad.

We hopped back on the bus and headed back to the top. This time we took off almost immediately. We were getting a run in about ever half hour. The fog slowly lifted, and the road dried out. The road was completely dry by the time we took our lunch break at 2:00. Standup was going qualify first, giving us a longer lunch break.

I wasn't sure how long standup would take to qualify. I figured about 90 minutes. So I went over to the course about 4:00, should have given me enough time to get ready for the lay down disciplines. Apparently things were behind schedule and standup had just got started!

We finally got under way about 6:00, with a warmup run.

After dinner I went over to the bar to see what was going on for the evening. There was a live band playing.

Saturday, July 30

The weather was a better today. Cloudy, but not foggy. The schedule was the same as yesterday.

We were getting a run in every half hour. Practice finished up shortly before 2:00.

There wasn't supposed to be a lunch break, but with two hours scheduled for standup, we had plenty of time. After lunch we watched some of the standup qualifying

Just like yesterday classic qualifying was next. We qualified from slowest to fastest, based on yesterday's times. When we got to the bottom, most of us ran back to the finish to catch our times.

We finished the day off with little time to spare.

Registration included breakfast and dinner for a couple of days. I've been eating breakfast at the hotel, it was free, and I figured it was a little better. Tonight we decided to eat dinner at the bar.

I got to see the Maryhill video for the first time. The video had some interviews in it, so I'll have to watch it again later.

The bar is setup next to the sports field. There is a small building with showers inside. This is where showers were setup for the camp.

Sunday, August 1

I wasn't feeling to well last night, so I went to sleep early. Unfortunately the riders meeting was apparently at about 11:30, and there was no schedule posted. I knew things were supposed to get started at 9:00, but I didn't know what was going first. So I got up, to get ready to go by 9:00. By then a schedule was posted. Junior I and classic would go first.

I was there at 9:00 but the bus wasn't.

We went back up for the second round. When it was radioed up that the junior that was missing finaly woke up. But he thought the race was going to be run at 11:00 as scheduled. It was decided to rerun the heat he missed. One of the buttboarders left his helmet at the bottom of the hill. Since the junior IIs weren't running, one of them loaned his helmet.

Dr. Serek handily won the classic race.

And Spencer Smith won the junior IIs with a sizeable lead. There was supposed to be a lunch break after the Junior race was over. I thought we had until 1:00, but it was announced that the warmup would start at 12:30. Since I didn't have a lot of time, I ate some of the bread that was left over from breakfast.

Streetluge got started pretty much on time, after our early warmup.

I walked up to the next corner

to grab a Coke from the vendor up there. They were selling beer and sasauges. I watched the rest of the luge races from here. In the semi finals Stephenson got squeezed out by Mueller. Stephenson tried to go around Mueller on the outside, but Mueller kept drifiting out. They both ended up in the hay.
 

After finishing my waffle, I walked back down to the finish, to catch the final. I was concentrating on trying to catch the winner at the finish line.

This gave Eliot a chance to slip in for second!

The standup race was next. I watched from the Red Bull tent for a while.

Apparently Nicolas Robert dove on the inside of Ramon Konigshausen, taking Ramon out. After discussing it for a while, Kinnish DQed Robert. This moved Roman into 3rd, but still out of the final. Ramon thought he had a chance to win the race, and was upset. As soon as he heard he wasn't in the final, he physically attacked Robert! Several guys jumped between them and separated the two. When the dust finally settled, Konigshausen was DQed from the event entirely.

Switzer won the race, almost unchallenged.

and then crossed the finish line together. They were trying to send a message that we are still one big family, despite all of the issues that happened today.

With the final two protests taking almost two hours, the even ran late. We hung around for a bit, then we went over to the bar where the awards ceremony would take place. Someone said it was going to take almost an hour before the awards would be given out. So we decided to go to dinner. We ended up missing the ceremony.

After dinner we hung out for the rest of the evening at the bar. It was a pleasant way to end the race.

Insul was a strange event. I think there were seven protests, more than I've ever seen. Even back in the days of the "No Whiners Tour." I've also never seen a skater physically attack another skater. The vibe wasn't good, I hope it doesn't get worse. There were no major accidents.