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Old June 9th, 2009, 04:51 PM   #1
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Default 2009 Montreal 24hr Inline Race - Results, Reports, Photos.

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Well it's over. Some random notes: We completed 141 laps, approx. 378 miles. I do not know what place we were. Have to wait for official results. It did NOT rain for the first time ever. It was quite windy though. Temps were ideal, 70s by day, 50s at night. A great event. New layout worked out well. With no parking behind paddocks, more room to spread out. Corrals all along pit row to wait for your skater coming in made baton exchange safer. New pavement (only in corners and hairpin turns) was great. They repaved Friday night, night before race! Some of us saw foxes (the four-legged kind) on our night laps. Variety of music was nice, not just all techno-throb all the time. Somebody set a new lap record, 6:31. A woman set a new Solo course record. I forget her name. Again, wait for official results. A great time was had by all. Everyone was buzzing. Some are already talking about next year. Services of Skater's Quest Barista and espresso machine was awesome. They make good paddock-mates. Day-glow t-shirts stood out again, a big help when you are looking for your skater coming in. We had some ugly baton exchanges oh yes, but did not blow any of them. By that I mean every skater was out there for their turn when they were supposed to be every time and nobody forgot the time chips or bibs. That's all I can think of for now. Thank you Kathie Fry for sponsoring the team again.
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Short version.

Elite
1- Rabid Lap Dogs (Ottawa)
2- Montreal Inter (Montreal)
3- Toronto Inline Skating Club
4- ???
5- Skatersquest
6- Les Clowns
7- Flying Fossels

Women Only Teams
1- WOW (Women On Wheels)
2- Poulettes Sur Roulettes

Solo
1- Lou Solitaire

Wow what an event! This is a must do for anyone who skates. It is a must see for anyone who wants to skate. This perfectly run event is every thing for everyone. You don’t need to be Speedy Gonzolis to participate and make a difference. One lap for your team at the right time can make the difference in your team placement.

About the race. Well I’m no reporter but here is a bit of it.

I only was able to show up Sat. night around 10:30, so the whole setup, start, and first few hours I don’t know about. However being in Montreal since Friday let me say that a front came through in the morning and the wind was blowing very strong for race until nightfall.

On Friday I went to the track to familiarize myself with it since I would be doing my first skate in the dark on Sat. night. I also wanted a benchmark for my speed, for the Skatersquest Elite team line up, as for this was about the competition and teamwork, as much as having a good time. I was happy with a 7:49min lap, but I realize now that on Friday I cut the 180 turn a few hundred feet short because they were paving the end.

For those who are unfamiliar with this event, here is what happens. The course is a 2.7 mile automobile race track with 2 “S” turns and a sharp 180 degree turn. Each team is given (2) numbered bibs, (2) timing chip transponders straps, and a baton (blinking lighted for the night). A team member donning a bid, strapping on the timing chip on their ankle, and holding the baton would skate the course. Coming across the start line they would skate down the relay zone to where their team mate would be, to hand off the baton, who had on the second bib and timing strap. With around 85 teams and 20 solo skaters, 100 skaters on the track at all times, sometimes there was up to 20-30 skaters in the relay zone. Mind you these are a mix of slower Rec skaters and Elites flying in at 25mph. So you had to be on your toes.

I showed up after 10:30PM, geared up, and was briefed on the going ons. Our team would work three skaters at a time, one on the track, one getting the hand off, and one standby. The procedure was to time the hand off of the skater head so you know that you have to be ready in around 8 minutes and who to look for. Then you would get the bib and chip from the teammate that just finished his lap. Around the 6-minute mark you had to be ready in the relay zone looking for your hand off. At night this is so hard so he would scream your name, and you his, to know the pass is imminent. He would yell GO GO GO and you took off with your hand behind you to get the hand off and a shove if his speed was greater. After your lap you would switch bibs and immediately go to the official organizer’s computer to find your lap time, go back to the teams paddock and record the time. We did this to track performance. The plan for me was to do three repeats (three - one lap skates rotated in with two other skaters) as long as my times were good. If the second lap was slower due to tiring, I would do only the two before taking a long break.

I got the handoff, sprinted away, climb the first hill, and down through the first “S” curve. Suddenly, I found myself skating 25mph in pitch-black darkness. Holy @W#^#^(, MF#^%@#@%! And all the other words you can’t use on the radio! The only thing I could see for half of the course was the blinking lights of other skaters. It was like a video game and roller coaster mixed together in a bad nightmare where you are hurtling towards doom while doging tracer fire all around. To make matters more interesting you hoped by staying more to the right you wouldn’t be taken out by the couple of storm drain covers that were invisible at night on the course. My first lap I didn’t dare to push hard. I got used to the course at night and my speeds were in line with the team, so I did sets of 3 repeats through out the race.

By 11:00PM that night, we were in 5th place around 5 laps back from 4rth and one lap ahead of 6th and 7th. First place was around 4 laps in front of 2nd and 3rd who battled for that spot all night. This was how it stayed pretty much till the end. We just were trying our hardest to hold onto our one lap lead. Sometime through the night it was 7th place Flying Fossils and sometimes it was 6th place Les Clowns creeping up on us. ……….

… to be continued………..
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Old June 9th, 2009, 06:38 PM   #3
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Old June 9th, 2009, 09:36 PM   #4
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… I said hello to the SkateLogForum team but I really didn’t know anyone. Around 3AM I finally said hello to Jessica who I should describe as Dead Woman Rolling. Her all babe team WOW (Women On Wheels) had their own battle to stay in front of the #2 all women’s team. I got lucky to start a lap right when Jessica started one, so we technically skated together for a bit. During the night I pulled a skater or two but never had gotten passed except once. I reacted to slow and chased the whole loop but never got the draft.

Around 7Am it got interesting. We noticed that both #6 Les Clowns, and #7 Flying Fossils were closing in. Our lead was only 1 lap, 2 minutes, and we were putting out some bad laps. We thought they were putting out the faster skaters in an attempt to pass us. We shuffled our roster to do a quick pull away and got lucky with 3 of our skaters laps starting with other elite teams which became a drafting opportunity. We gained back two minutes. Then the unthinkable happened. Three minutes into a lap, we realized that we had both timing chips on the next skaters! The skater on the track forgot the chip and his lap would not be registered, possibly giving away our lead to the next two teams. We though about trying to stop him before he passed the finish line to give him the chip but we were unsure on the legality of it. Lucky the next skater had the brains to start his lap right away. In the end we only lost the three minutes. From that point to the end we just skated who ever had gas in the tank enough to stay under 8:30min. On my last lap I finally got the opportunity to work with two other teams for a well-oiled paceline teamwork.

It was a phenomenal event that went so well. I couldn’t think of any ideas on how to make it better. Our team captain Ron was like the energizer bunny. Never did he rest that night. I never even saw him sitting down and he did as much skating as the rest. All of the Skatersquest people are so warm, friendly, and giving, it was one big family party.
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I forgot to mention, that the secret to a good skate is in the socks. SQ picked up a DeFeet sponsorship and we all had custom socks with our logos on it.
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Nice job Sheldon.

And congrats to all who participated. Sounds like fun. Maybe next year.
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