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Greenbelt
04-30-2013, 04:26 PM
This Saturday, I'm riding up to Baltimore early in the morning to catch the beginning of this year's Kinetic Sculpture Race at the Visionary Arts Museum. Departure from Proteus bike shop at 7am sharp! I'll probably average about 14 or 15 mph -- so a decent pace but not necessarily a speed crush or anything -- with a potty stop halfway. It's a surprisingly awesome ride, one of my favorites. Scenic, low traffic, for the most part. There's some rough pavement in Baltimore city, so bring an extra tube or two.

Here are some photos from last year. This is an event not to be missed if you don't have plans for Saturday. -Jeff

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Greenbelt
04-30-2013, 04:29 PM
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Greenbelt
05-03-2013, 09:59 AM
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Greenbelt
05-03-2013, 10:01 AM
Here's the route notes for tomorrow's ride, if anybody's up for something a bit unusual, and very, very Baltimore!

Reminder, our shop ride this weekend is to Baltimore, leaving Proteus at 7am. We're hoping to get to the Kinetic Sculpture Race opening ceremony by 9:30 to light the eternal flame or something. (If it's eternal, why does it need to be lit?) This is a long ride at a medium pace on pretty amazingly nice roads, considering.

66 mile round trip: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2449007

Bring food, water, spare inner tubes, etc. Have a back up plan/bail out rescue plan if you want to stay in Baltimore -- I'm planning to get some food and then head back around 11am or 12pm, getting back to Proteus around 2pm or so -- not planning to stay in Baltimore for the whole day. -Jeff

Greenbelt
05-04-2013, 08:35 PM
Some cell phone pics of this year's entries: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.482310805168975.1073741835.307014479365276&type=1

Rod Smith
05-05-2013, 05:37 AM
Fun ride. The "sculptures", human powered vehicles, were spectacular. Some very impressive designs. Here's one featuring a mustache and a mustachioed stoker in drag, longtime DC messenger (and many times alleycat champ) who just happened to be good friends with the tallbike rider we escorted to Baltimore and along the parade route who also had a mustache on his bike...
http://i478.photobucket.com/albums/rr147/Rod_Smith/bike/Kinetic%20Sculpture%20Ride/DSC06345.jpg (http://s478.photobucket.com/user/Rod_Smith/media/bike/Kinetic%20Sculpture%20Ride/DSC06345.jpg.html)

Bruce said "Hey Rod, we have a trailer!" and proudly pointed it. The trailer had a round, rotating trailer bed with a mouse on it.

Ryan and Ben
http://i478.photobucket.com/albums/rr147/Rod_Smith/bike/Kinetic%20Sculpture%20Ride/DSC06337.jpg (http://s478.photobucket.com/user/Rod_Smith/media/bike/Kinetic%20Sculpture%20Ride/DSC06337.jpg.html)

eminva
05-05-2013, 06:13 AM
Fun ride. The "sculptures", human powered vehicles, were spectacular. Some very impressive designs. Here's one featuring a mustache and a mustachioed stoker in drag, longtime DC messenger (and many times alleycat champ) who just happened to be good friends with the tallbike rider we escorted to Baltimore and along the parade route who also had a mustache on his bike...
http://i478.photobucket.com/albums/rr147/Rod_Smith/bike/Kinetic%20Sculpture%20Ride/DSC06345.jpg (http://s478.photobucket.com/user/Rod_Smith/media/bike/Kinetic%20Sculpture%20Ride/DSC06345.jpg.html)

Bruce said "Hey Rod, we have a trailer!" and proudly pointed it. The trailer had a round, rotating trailer bed with a mouse on it.
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That's my friends' entry! And they won the mediocre award!

Thanks for the good picture; I heard all about it while it was being assembled, but this is the best picture I've seen.

Liz