UM Solar camped over night just outside of Logansport, IN. Things continue to go well and Quantum keeps increasing its lead. The Stage will end, this afternoon, at Illinois State University in Normal, IL. Here are the Day 4 stands thru the Kalamazoo Check Point:
Top 3 Overall:
Stage 3 current standings:
Last updated 7/17/12 – 21:10 Eastern. Times given as hh:mm:ss.
Quantum, aerial view:
Quantum is already on the move towards Normal, IL. The weather may be really variable today and I'm sure the plan is to get to the Stage Stop before the atmosphere heats up and begins to get unstable (rain, t-storms). They'll also want to get as much of a charge, in Normal, as possible (for tomorrow):
Cloudy but beautiful morning charge! Rolling out in 5 minutes (8:45 AM EDT)
UPDATE: a storm filled, gray day awaits the competitors as they traverse Indiana and Illinois, on Rt. 24, into Bloomington/Normal. Storms have already popped up and died down. This must be the reason UM Solar pushed all the way to Logansport. I'm guessing they'll want to get to IL St. and see if they can get a charge before the weather totally craps out.
UPDATE II: The Weather car has arrived at Illinois State (11:02 AM CDT). Quantum shouldn't be far behind.
UPDATE III: Hello Illinois! Number 6 out of 8 states, we're still leading! (11:15 AM CDT)
The weather doesn't look too bad in that picture. Welcome to the Land of Lincoln (and Corruption).
UPDATE IV: Quantum is first into Normal and charging (12:16 PM CDT):
Fantastic list done by EDSBS matching up lots of the BCS football teams to the drugs they represent. Some of the my favorites:
"OHIO STATE: Weed. Wildly popular. Gets smoked by SEC football players in bowls."
"MINNESOTA: Fetanyl lollipops. First you get numb. Then your teeth fall out. Then you die."
"SYRACUSE: Milk of Magnesia. Doesn't really do anything except make you shit your brains out."
What they said about Michigan - "MICHIGAN: Opium. It's the 1930s intellectual's heroin. A gentleman's crack, if you will. (Warning: may cause lassitude, grandiose visions, and slow perception of time passing.)"
So, after a dull stage 15 and a rest day (and the departure of F. Schleck), it's hopefully time for the some race-related fireworks. The course for Wednesday promises to offer them:
If Bradley Wiggins is to have the jersey snatched away, it's realistically going to have to happen today or Thursday. The question: when to attack?
The first HC climb is a familiar one, the Col d'Aubisque:
It's not the steepest peak but quite long and offers few chances to catch a breather.
Following a gradual descent, the Tourmalet makes its appearance:
Following a "mere" Cat. 1 climb up the Col d'Aspin comes the final climb of the day:
Finally, a pretty steep descent to the finish. We know about Nibali's descending skills . . . can he start descending with time to spare?
WALKING THE DOG
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It's not all that far-fetched, you know. You should see my dog whenever a motorized scooter drives by.
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UPDATE: Quantum has arrived at the Control Stop in K-zoo. Looks like a perfect day for solar car racing, a few puffy clouds but mostly clear. I would think they'll be close to the MI/IN border when they decide to stop for the day.
Day 3 is complete and Quantum enjoys a 3+ hour lead. Obviously, it was nice to be back in Ann Arbor. Even President Coleman came out to show her support.
Today, the Team is off to Lansing with a check point in Kalamazoo (Western Michigan). They will stop some place south of K-zoo in either Michigan or north central Indiana.
Here Quantum charges batteries at Black and Veatch:
Showing off at the Starting Line with a quick tire change:
After hitting a sign post, MIT was sporting some damage:
All fixed now:
ISU explains the damage to their car (from hitting a curb):
And, they're off!
All video courtesy of Furqan Nazeeri
I am headed to Boston to visit family, and I will be taking in the AC Roma-Liverpool FC game at Fenway. I have seen a fair number of soccer posts on this board, and I wondered if anyone could give me advice for what to look for at this game?
I have followed Liverpool a bit, but I will be sitting in the AC Roma section. In looking at the rosters, I was happy to find out that Michael Bradley is on the team!
The kickoff is at 6:30, and I wondered if being in the park early for warmups was worthwile? I always love to watch the football team warm up at the Big House, but I have not been to a big soccer game before.
Any advice would appreciated.