Machines must float, and should be able to propel themselves forward in the water. Elliot Naess pilots NuVinci Flyer shortly before his legs gave out on Day 2 and someone else had to complete the race.
“Triathlon of the Art World" participants worked into the wee hours of the night Friday as Pilots, Pit Crews and family members hurried feverishly at the Kinetic Lab in Arcata, CA hours before the start of the 42nd Annual Kinetic Sculpture Race.
Started in Ferndale, CA in 1969 by Hobart Brown, The Kinetic Grand Championship has grown into a world-wide-whacky event that pits teams of racers in human-pedal-powered machines over a three-day, 42-mile course that includes sand, land, mud and water crossings.
New Belgium Brewing (Fat Tire) sponsors the event this year with promises of beer gardens for spectators along the course.
For my money, Saturday’s start in the Arcata Plaza at the noon whistle followed by the dune crossing to Dead Man’s Drop is the best way to start a Memorial Day Weekend.
Sunday starting at 10:04 a.m. the machines take to Humboldt Bay, not only having to float with some degree of integrity, but also to be able to propel themselves forward to continue along the course.
It does take about five hours to drive from the Bay Area to Eureka/Arcata, but there are few things that make that beautiful drive more worth it.