Forget Disneyworld! We’re Going To MOAB!

Champions celebrate, and there’s lots to celebrate in MinerLand today!
The S&T Human Powered Vehicle team entered yesterday’s ASME 2 1/2-hour endurance race with only a slim hope of victory. Of 17 teams on site, four teams (Rose Hulman, Cal Long Beach, Missouri S&T and Cal Poly) were poised to battle it out in the final race. Powerful and highly-motivated Cal Poly has a comfortable points lead and had only to finish 4th to claim overall victory. And 4th they got.
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The Miners ran a spectacular race with Kronos, a bike that had other teams in awe. Starting rider Jon Sanders blew away all teams, even edging past Cal Poly in a hairpin turn. Kronos’ front shock suspension handled the ramp, speed bump and slalom obstacles with ease, no one could touch him in the turns, and he started to pile up a big lead in the lap count.
And then the landing gear failed. At the mandatory stop sign Jon engaged the landing gear, stopped successfully, and took off again. But the wheels wouldn’t retract and he took a very hard spill in the next turn. Chief engineer Ross Jensen ripped off the damaged canopy, costing S&T aerodynamic advantage and forcing each rider to stop the bike Fred Flintstone-style, letting the other top schools eat into S&T’s lead.
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But follow-on riders Nikia Chapman, Eric Audiffred, Peter Freiberger and Kevin Pence reached deep and gave it everything they had. They either eased ahead in each lap or held tight to the other fast riders’ back wheels and managed to hang on for the endurance victory, satisfied to settle for 2nd place in the overall standings. There was some talk of penalty points, but the Miners knew they did their very best.
And then things changed.
At the award banquet it came down to Missouri S&T and Cal Poly. And the penalty points. Turns out Cal had some racked up some penalties, while S&T ran a clean race! And Cal and S&T were tied!
The tie-breaker? The endurance race, which the Miners held on to WIN!!! Our stunned team was bouncing off walls, and then were even more thrilled to accept the $1,400 top prize. Hours later at a WONDERFUL alumni dinner they were still grinning from ear-to-ear! Still in shock!
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What about Moab? This crews is headed south to do some (what else?) mountain biking in some of Utah’s most rugged and beautiful desert terrain.
Wow. Just WOW!