I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
I am going to be staying in the Residencia on the corner of Av Del Deporte and Indepencia in Ayacucho this weekend and I am looking for an M-friendly bar to take in the PSU game. Anybody know of one? The town is about 5 clicks south by southwest of Machu Picho.
Information seems to be very scarce. I can't find much about what happened out on the road yesterday. I do know that the running order did not change. It's still Nuna7 (Nuon) leading, followed closely by Tokai Challenger (Tokai University) and then RED (Twente). The top 3 are grouped within 50 minutes of each other with Tokai Challenger just behind Nuna7. Stanford remains in 4th with Generation (UM) in fifth about five minutes back of them.
There was some chatter about Generation losing 50 kilometers to Stanford, at the very end of the day. That's a large distance and I'm not quite sure what would cause that or if the team would do that on purpose.
I will embed the next two videos.
The World Solar Challenge is underway and after Day 1, UMSolar's Generation sits in fifth. The current leader is Nuna7 (Team Nuon) from the Netherlands. They have about a thirty kilometer lead on RED (Team Twente - Dutch) and Tokai Challenger (Tokai University - Japan). From the US, Stanford is up next, follwed by Generation.
Based on the video I saw (and I'll try to embed), there was a lot of traffic on the Stuart Highway due to construction. A lot of passing occurred because of this. Traffic should settle down as the cars get further into the outback. This will make it easier for the cars to run based on their strategy plan.
There are three classes this year; Challenger, Cruiser & Adventure
- Challenger class: 4 wheels, fastest cars (Generation competes here)
- Cruiser class: cars that look more like normal cars. Can cary at least 2 or more people. Should be road legal in country of origin.
- Adventure class: older class cars from previous WSC most of them have 3 wheels
Here's a LINK for further information on the three classes.
Sunday looks to be Hot (40º C) with plenty of sun to keep everyone moving/charging.
Because of the time difference (the cars rolled off during the 4th quarter of yesterday's game), it should be pretty easy to keep you aprised of the action (at least for me =)).
The WSC was kind enough to provide a map to keep track of the cars (LINK). I understand that Stanford's tracker is not currently working. And, many times cars will stop and camp along side each other. This "stacks" their GPS trackers which may make them look like they've disappeared.
Quick Hello! post (and shout out) to Bettendorf (Iowa) High School senior Haley Zapolski, a member of the U.S. team at the Junior World Rowing Championships this summer in Lithuania. Haley made her verbal commitment to continue her rowing career at Michigan!
(After the team bow was hurt in warm ups, Haley's team competed in the quad race with only three rowers, and finished 3rd out of 7 teams. Awesome!)
The Michigan women's rowing team has qualified for the NCAA championships five-years running. Haley also visited Dartmouth and Princeton.
"I visited Michigan in mid-September and really connected with the coaching staff and team members," Haley said. "The culture of the program really impressed me, as there was a strong desire to row at a high level and a commitment to be supportive of each other during the training process."
Haley has only been rowing for two-years, but is an accomplished swimmer and tri-athlete. Welcome to Michigan, Haley! Go Blue!
Other B1G schools: Northwestern (#22), Illinois (#29), Wisconsin (#30), Minnesota (#46), Penn St (#49), Ohio
State(#59), Purdue (#62), Michigan State (#83), Indiana (#132), Iowa (#161), Nebraska (#251-275)
- Future B1G members: Rutgers (#103), Maryland (#108)
- Former members: Chicago (#9)
Of course academic rankings are normally worthless except that in this case they are clearly correct to rank Michigan as highly as they do. I was most surprised by the low ranking of Nebraska, and second that Illinois is ranked higher than Wisconsin.