Circuit of The Americas Tower

photograph of the tower at the Circuit Of The Americas race track in Austin, Texas

The tower at the Circuit Of The Americas track in Austin, Texas stands 251 feet above the race track.  I didn’t go up the tower but it was pretty impressive to look at from the ground.

Turn 15

photograph of a Red Bull Formula 1 car in turn 15 at Circuits of The Americas in Austin Texas

One of the Red Bull drivers brakes coming into turn 15 at the Formula 1 race in Austin, Texas.

Little Black Spider

Cardboard Boat Regatta

Normally I keep to one photo per post but I decided to make an exception for the 2013 Lake Of The Woods Cardboard Regatta.

Several weeks ago my nephew participated in the cardboard boat regatta.  The rules are simple enough.  Each boat must be homemade and can only be made from cardboard, tape and paint.  The boats are judged in several categories and then races are held by age group.

In the below photo, taken before the races, you can get a sense of the various designs.  They ranged from very simple to rather complex.

prerace photograph of some of the boats in the 2013 Lake Of The Woods Cardboard Boat Regatta

In the youngest category the S.S. Lake Monster proved to be watertight but was too wide for this young rower to maneuver.  She maintained a good attitude and eventually a swimmer pushed the boat the length of the course.

photograph of the cardboard boat S.S. Lake Monster in the 2013 Lake Of The Woods Cardboard Boat Regatta

My nephew rowed his boat, Sea Bear, to first place in his age group.  Needless to say we were all very proud.

photograph of the cardboard boat Sea Bear in the 2013 Lake Of The Woods Cardboard Boat Regatta

These boys, dressed in elvish costumes, piloted Smaug, which was not much more than a large, painted box.  Unfortunately about 20 yards from shore the structural integrity of Smaug was compromised and it collapsed and sank.

photograph of the cardboard boat Smaug in the 2013 Lake Of The Woods Cardboard Boat Regatta

This young lady successfully completed the course in her boat, Boatrfly.

photograph of the cardboard boat Boatrfly in the 2013 Lake Of The Woods Cardboard Boat Regatta

Noah’s Ark had to be the most elaborately designed boat in the regatta.  It stood about 4′ high and was about 7′ or 8′ long.  It did well in the pre-race judging, getting lots of points for style and originality but proved to be less-than-seaworthy.  Here you can see it beginning to take on water.  Sadly Noah’s Ark went under before finishing the course.

photograph of the cardboard boat Noah's Arc in the 2013 Lake Of The Woods Cardboard Boat Regatta

In the adult category the U.S.S. Monitor was an interesting entrant.  The boat capsized and lost it’s turret mid-way through the course but the paddlers righted it and managed to finish the race.

photograph of the cardboard boat USS Monitor in the 2013 Lake Of The Woods Cardboard Boat Regatta

Hokie Boat started off strong.  It was way ahead of the competition until it began listing and sank.

photograph of the cardboard boat Hokie Boat in the 2013 Lake Of The Woods Cardboard Boat Regatta

Cyclist on Riverside Drive

photograph of an individual cyclist on Riverside DriveI photographed this cyclist on Riverside Drive during the Tour de Richmond in October.  Positioned across the road with a view of the river, I panned the camera with the passing cyclist to capture this image.

Pace Line

photograph of cyclist riding in a pace lineCyclists ride in a pace line to save energy.  The first time I drafted another cyclist it was immediately obvious why birds fly in formation.  These riders are about 15 miles into a century ride in Richmond, Virginia.  With 85 miles remaining they are, no doubt, attempting to retain as much of their energy as possible.

Cycling Along the River

photograph of cyclists riding near the James RiverRiverside Drive, in Richmond, Virginia, is one of the most scenic spots I know of for cycling.  On any given Saturday or Sunday in the summer there are far more cyclists and runners on this road than cars.  Although this stretch is flat and runs right along the James River, the road also offers several steep climbs and descents.

Wave of Cyclist

photograph of an approaching group of cyclistsIn every cycling event I’ve participated in, it seems like people ride in waves.  I got the impression these six cyclists were actually two groups of three that just happened to be riding at the same pace.