Halfway between Zurich and Lucerne lies a small town in the rolling country side. There are a couple of restaurants, a store, and a Kawasaki dealership. Leading into town is a road coming down one of the rolling hills. From the top of the hill you can see the entire town.
The course begins at the top of the hill, has three hard hairpins. The second hairpin has a chicane immediately before the hairpin, makes it hard to set up for it. The third hairpin is close enough to the second that it usually doesn't require breaking. Following the hairpins, it is a high speed run tot he finish.
Thursday, July 14
For the first time in like forever, at an event, I woke up to clear skies and a dry ground. We drove up to the
After we got registered, and picked up our tshirt, we found out it was going to be a late start, sometime after 11 AM. We got two or three runs in before breaking for lunch. We had the best chase truck. It is a large semi, but doesn't have walls.
There was lunch at the sports hall. Sandwiches for cheap,
After lunch we proceeded to ride. And Ride. And Ride. The truck would pick us up near the water fountain,
We went to our hotel for diner, but dinner was also served in the sports hall. Dinner and breakfast was included in the entry fee. Most everyone was hanging out at the sports hall.
Friday, July 15
Today was another nice day. We got started earlier than yesterday. Usually we beat the truck to the bottom.
After lunch, we got a few practice runs in, before we start qualifying. But the day continue to heat up. Thankfully the water in the fountain was fairly cool.
They had a timing system set up for qualifying.
We spent a lot of time waiting at the bottom, for everyone to finish.
It was a long hot day. And it wasn't over. They wanted to do a couple of film runs,
Saturday, July 16
I woke up in the middle of the night to what I thought was a machine gun. Turns out it was raining pretty hard on the tin roof outside. It didn't sound good for race day. Of course the road was damp, and the sky overcast. Some people were making rain tires.
The weather was still iffy, so standup went first. I went up to the hairpins to watch the standup. They were selling drinks.
We went up with the standup finals for our final buttboard warm up run. Buttboard was run as a 3 heat GP format. At the end of each run we lined up in the order we finished.
We ran street luge next, also in the GP format.
It was time for the after party.
After the prize giving, a punk rock bad came into play.
Altburon has a nice course, there are very few things to run into. Many people consider it a safe course. Yet we had two serious accidents. One was a dislocated shoulder, and the other was suspected to be a broken arm, but was just some bad bruising. Just goes to show that people can get hurt on any course. We got a tremendous amount of riding, but its too bad the French Championship was the same weekend.