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Old December 13th, 2006, 04:24 PM   #1
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Default Montreal 24 Hour Relay: July 14-15, 2007

Thanks for the link Kathie, I never would have found it myself.

Ok guys, so it looks like the registration for a team goes up an additional $100 after February 1st!! So who's serious about being part of the Skatelog team? I am. If we get just four people who want to do this, we could pay $100 each, and get the $ back for however many more people join the team. I think this would be so much fun. Who's in?

Also if the price is in CAD, it's even cheaper than $100 each...

Anyone that posts below me hereby agrees to be part of the Skatelog team.
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Old December 13th, 2006, 05:06 PM   #2
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If I was still living in the Boston area, I'd say I'd be there. The airfare from out here is exorbitant.
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Old December 13th, 2006, 07:38 PM   #3
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I'm serious... about doing it solo! I do hope to see a SkateLog team there though.

As of today, 1 CAD = 87 cents US. So the entry fee is about $348 US, or $87 each for 4 people.
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MC, are you for sure doing it solo?
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Old December 13th, 2006, 08:31 PM   #5
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I'm very interested in doing this event...
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Old December 13th, 2006, 09:35 PM   #6
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That's the plan, man. Are you going?
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Old December 13th, 2006, 10:01 PM   #7
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That's the plan, man. Are you going?
Yeah, he's going - but it would be nice to have you on our team instead of flying solo....

Skaterdog, cool, that makes three..
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Old December 15th, 2006, 06:04 PM   #8
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The Montreal 24-Hour race may be the most fun that can be had on skates. I did the race in July 2006 as part of the Skater's Quest team and it was an incredible experience. The event puts over 700 skaters together in one location for a full 24 hours of skating, skating, and more skating. The course is a 2.8-mile Formula 1 race track that has hair pin turns, chicanes, rollers, straight-aways and it is in perfect condition. The teams live Saturday and Sunday in the garages (called "paddocks") along Pit Row which provides lots of opportunity to meet and talk to skaters from the US and Canada.

I will be on the Skater's Quest team again in 2007 but I will be happy to share race strategy, do's and dont's, what-to-bring, and lessons-learned with the SkateLog team (if Jessica can convince enough board members and Kathy to form a team).

BTW - flying directly to Montreal is very expensive. We flew to Burlington, VT (half the cost of flying to Montreal) and then drove rental cars across the border to Montreal.

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Old December 15th, 2006, 07:16 PM   #9
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Thanks Intrepid! How far is the drive?
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Old December 15th, 2006, 07:44 PM   #10
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Flying from Los Angeles to Montreal that weekend does not look too expensive. Arriving Friday July 13 and departing Monday July 16, the WestJet fare is $300 USD. WestJet is a Canadian discount airline. You do have to take 3 flights however, changing planes in Calgary and Toronto.

Delta has round trip flights from Los Angeles to Montreal that weekend for $529 round trip, changing planes in either Atlanta or Cincinnati.

Flights from LA to Montreal on other airlines for July 13-16 are $700 to $1000, but it's possible all of the above fares would be cheaper with a least a 7 day stay, or perhaps leaving and arriving on other than a Friday or Monday. I know most of you are not in Los Angeles, but these fares might give you an idea of what you can expect in your part of the world.

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Old December 15th, 2006, 07:47 PM   #11
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I checked the rates flying from here - it's about $350 including taxes, so that's not so bad I guess. But if I can save money....
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Old December 16th, 2006, 07:03 PM   #12
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But if I can save money....
Looks like you want to do (or win?) everything............ kind of ambitious heh............
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Old December 15th, 2006, 08:02 PM   #13
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Kathie, Jessica - That's good news concerning the low airfares to Montreal. The cost of our flight from Dulles airport in Virginia to Burlington, Vt was $252 round trip. I believe the direct flight to Montreal was close to $600 at that time. That is why the team flew to Burlington and not to Montreal. We shared the rental cost of three large SUVs and drove to Montreal which is about a three hour drive through the Lake Champlain area (very beautiful) of New York and into Canada.

As a side note, the Haagan Dazs ice cream factory is close to Burlington and the team made a side trip visit there on the way back to the airport after the race. Nice way to reload on expended calories
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Hi Intrepid --

Great to have someone around who knows all the details about this race. What can you tell us about the skating surface? I'm wondering what kind of wheels would work best. (Yeah, it's a bit early to be thinking about it, but forewarned is forearmed, you know... )
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Old December 16th, 2006, 01:50 AM   #15
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Lawrence - Most of the skating surface on the Formula 1 track is baby-butt smooth asphalt. However, the first quarter-mile out of the transition zone is actually a side trail that parallels the track and it goes through a small section of woods; it is also asphalt but it is a bumpy ride until it merges onto the race track.

At this year's race there were thunderstorms that hit Montreal around noon and it was still drizzling at 2:00 when the race started. During the afternoon the weather cleared and it was perfect for the remainder of the race.

The lesson learned was to bring two sets of wheels - one soft sticky set and one hard fast set. Also, have the wheels pre-loaded with bearings and bring one extra set of bearings because wet bearings will start squeking and grinding several hours after the water evaporates unless you disassembe and lube them. It was an experience to hear all of the squeking bearings (including mine for a lap) in the late afternoon/early evening until skaters replaced their bearings. There are a number of vendors selling wheels, bearings, pads, etc. along pit row so you can buy supplies during the race.

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Old December 27th, 2006, 06:00 PM   #16
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Jessica - It's starting to look like there may be a SkateLog team in Montreal. So far, there is interest from Racerx, Don Patten, janneman, skaterdog, MC (he wants to do it solo, but maybe he can be convinced to join the team), perhaps Kathie (??) and you. Thats six, and maybe seven (Kathie !) for the team. The team needs a minimum of six to keep the skaters from burning out so it looks like you may be in good shape to find a few more to round out the team to 10.

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Here are a few pictures from the 2006 race.

This is the transition zone very early on Sunday morning, several skaters are looking down the track waiting for their teammates to arrive to exchange the baton. You can Steve on the track in the middle of the picture skating away from the photographer holding the baton behind his back.


Later on Sunday, Keith, holding the baton, is sprinting into the transition zone just about to hand it off to our next skater. Again, you can see skaters from other teams looking down the track waiting for their teammates to arrive.

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Old December 27th, 2006, 07:27 PM   #17
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Thanks Intrepid, but I think janneman's reply was sarcasm unless I'm interpreting it wrong. Either way, the few we've got so far is encouraging. Question - does the skater on the track carry the baton the whole time he's/she's skating??

btw, thanks for making a new thread Kathie
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Old December 27th, 2006, 09:36 PM   #18
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Jessica - The skater on the track has to have the baton in his/her possesion for the entire lap. Most skaters started off carrying the baton in their hand but as the race went on the pro teams started storing it under their skinsuit on their back with the top of the baton extending out of the back of their skinsuit. As they approached the transition area they would reach back and pull the baton out and have it in their hand to give to their next skater. This seemed to work well for the skaters wearing skin suits or tight team jerseys and became very popular with many teams as the race continued into Saturday night.

One thing that the SQ team found out during practice before the race is that it is very difficult to carry the baton while wearing traditional plastic wrist guards or sliders. We finally ended up buying bike gloves with exposed finger tips. These worked very well and allowed a good grip on the baton while providing some hand protection in case of a fall. In the picture of Keith skating into the transition zone, you can see the bike gloves that he is wearing. Many skaters wore no hand protection but we decided that it was better to be safe than sorry.

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Old December 28th, 2006, 12:13 AM   #19
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Hello Intrepid --

I'm curious about the numbered bibs. Do you know if the solo skaters are required to wear them? Seems like it would be uncomfortable to wear a bib over your jersey for 24 hours, especially in July.

Thanks for the info!
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Old December 28th, 2006, 01:07 AM   #20
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I just checked Orbitz and like Intrepid said, flights into Burlington, VT ($126) are much cheaper than into Montreal ($460 -- arrive July 12, depart July 17). Would anyone be interested in carpooling from Burlington?
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