Go Fast Speed Days

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Go Fast Speed Days

Eastbourne, England

Eastbourne is a quiet seaside resort on the southern coast of England.

The beach is lined with hotels.

Beachy Head is a chalk cliff rising 162 meters above the ocean. Not far from the top of the cliff is the Beachy Head Pub.

This turn isn't really a hairpin, but it is more than a ninety degree turn. The turn ends with a slight turn to the right. From here to the finish is a very long left hand sweeper.

Friday, August 31

I got to Eastbourne a bit early, I figured I would spend some time on the beach, catch some rays. The sun was cooperating, and instead I went and visited a nearby 2000 year old castle.

I wanted to check out the road, and see who was in town, so I went up to the course late in the afternoon. I knew there wasn't going to be tech tonight, so I left my equipment at the hotel. I got up to the course and discovered a half dozen people were riding!

The campsite

was right next to the Beachy Head Pub. There were some public restrooms available and a large grassy field. After grabbing dinner in town, I went back to the pub, figured that is were everyone would be hanging out. About 10 minutes after I showed up, they kicked us out. The pub was closing at only 11:00!

Saturday, September 1

We started with registration early in the morning.

and a bit steep for buttboard, but we'll see.

As usual we stood around for a bit,

Looks like we will be sharing the race with some "soap box" derby style cars.

I don't think this one qualified as a gravity vehicle.

We will run practice in the morning, and qualifying in the afternoon. The road is real rough, looks like it was chip sealed, but the speeds are low and you don't need to break in the turns.

The pub is fairly large, and was completely packed. Apparently it is a popular weekend getaway.

After lunch we got another practice run as they tested the timing system

Just before the two turns was a small parking lot. The lot was turned into vendors row.

I watched a few of the skateboarders, but it wasn't long before I had to head to the top for buttboard qualifying. On my way, I wandered by the cliffs.

The lighthouse was not far from turns.

Street luge was next.

Apparently the road we were using has road turtles

Qualifying was over, time to get ready for Saturday night's party. Go Fast was hosting a party for us at Bolton's

Sunday, September 2

Today is race day, but the weather hasn't improved any. It doesn't look like it will rain, but it was very windy.

I had a good run and made it into the finals. I was pretty excited and just wanted to podium. I got a good start and was in second entering the first turn, but got passed and was in last place. But I got behind the third place and drafted him. I was in third and happy, I would podium. But I was getting closer to second and pass him to take second place! Serek was out in first, and as I took over second position I realzied I had a chance to catch him. I was drafting him towards the bottom, and as the finish line was approaching I tried for the pass. I got him just as we hit the finish line. He beat me by about 4 feet! But I took second!

Eimer, who was the race director wanted to try something new. So next up we ran part of the standup race.

After the standup was about half way finished, it was time for street luge.

I managed to make it into the semis, but just edging out Eugen. I came from behind to catch him at the end, by inches. I think I left the draft too soon though.

In my semi heat I got a bad start and was in the wrong place entering the first turn, I had to burn off too much speed to avoid a collision, and didn't make it into the finals. In my consolation heat, I was the last place qualifier, so I had the worst position. I wasn't getting good pushes in, couple with a bad start I started in last place. But coming through the turns I second and third were battling it out side by side, giving me a large wall to draft behind. I flew by them like they were standing still. Will was WAY out in front, and I managed to track him down and pass him at the finish line, by inches. I beat him by 2 hundredths of a second! But we weren't the closest photo finish.

I was starving. I ran back to my car to get out of my leathers, and to pick up a bite to eat from the snack bar at the pub. Unfortunately the pub was out of hot dogs. I thought maybe I could grab some fries (err chips) from one of the vendors. And then I can always watch the last couple rounds of standup.

The spectator turnout was a little disappointing. They had "expected" 20,000 spectators.  We probably had a couple of thousand over the two days, although when I was down there it seemed like half the spectators were other riders. Of course the weather wasn't the most spectacular, and the advertisement in town was less than stellar.

The award ceremony was held almost immediately, and the wind was still blowing hard. .

Gravity Bike:

Round, Richards, Lambie

Inline Board:

Jaggard, Gemperle, Stephenson

Soap Box:

Buttboard:

Serek, McBride, Tournissac (no he isn't holding onto the check!)

Street Luge:

De Wit, Weber, Tournissac

Women's Standup:

Hodel, Fluck, Gemperle

Standup:

Lundberg, Lins, Haller

The award was a small podium, with first place getting a check for £150. Third place got a case of Go Fast. Second place got a skateboard.

The race was over and most people were in a hurry to try and get home.

A few of us hung out in Eastbourne to take off tomorrow.

Speed Days was a very fun little race, although the course was slow and not technical. The countryside was gorgeous and is a great place to hold a race.

The rolling hills and green grass make it a great place for spectators. It is too bad that the weather wasn't cooperating as I think more spectators would guarantee the race would return next year. I was also a little surprised that the town wasn't plastered with posters. I saw a couple of banners and a poster in the tourist office.

I don't think anyone got injured.