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Old October 9th, 2006, 06:41 PM   #81
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And finally, a picture of Jon B. and Napalm "pleased" with each other despite Dev Knolls perception to the contrary.
AWWWWW!!!!!!!!! I love it!!
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Old October 9th, 2006, 10:01 PM   #82
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Thumbs up Here is your song to enjoy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQ2Bpk2uD40

Thanks for make me discover a new artist, I have most of her songs now (within 10 minutes)

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Old October 9th, 2006, 11:23 PM   #83
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Thanks for the link, Skillwilly. That is good! Who does she skate for?
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Old October 10th, 2006, 06:06 PM   #84
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Old October 11th, 2006, 01:11 AM   #85
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A belated congratulations to all who finished A2A, and also to those who gave it a shot but came up short. There's no other skating event quite like it, at least in the USA.

I think I'm more impressed by you folks' ability to stick with your training for these past few months. That might be the hardest part of the event!

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Old October 11th, 2006, 02:45 AM   #86
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I've actually said that several times. The training is the challenge, the event is the reward.
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Old October 11th, 2006, 09:35 AM   #87
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Ok, this is somewhat relevant.

So, I'm in Physical Therapy, just concentrating on breathing as they torture me, and what do I hear over the sound system? Breathe.

Couldn't help but laugh. Either the song gets alot of airtime or they time it just right.

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Old October 11th, 2006, 11:41 AM   #88
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Sounds like the handiwork of the skate goddess to me.

Somewhat relevant? I'd say it's completely relevant, but only you can decide how much of it to acknowledge.
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Old October 11th, 2006, 02:13 PM   #89
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Found my picture out there.

Yes, the red stuff is blood.

The white stuff is salt.

Dev Gnoll at 7:49

BTW: Except for where I had to to avoid being flattened by traffic, and where I picked up the roadrash (mile 10), I didn't stop. I know I wouldn't have re-started.


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Old October 11th, 2006, 05:15 PM   #90
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BTW: Except for where I had to to avoid being flattened by traffic


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Does anybody know at what point they pull the police off the route? It seems like an insult to someone who has worked this hard and paid the same fee as everyone else to be abandoned to the traffic at mile 84. Or am I missing something?
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Old October 11th, 2006, 06:34 PM   #91
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Does anybody know at what point they pull the police off the route? It seems like an insult to someone who has worked this hard and paid the same fee as everyone else to be abandoned to the traffic at mile 84. Or am I missing something?
A2A is on open roads. Even with the police, the route is not 100% guarded.

There were police at every one, save one, of the downhill traffic lights. (And that one wasn't a "real" downhill) Whether you saw each other, and they started breaking traffic in time was different matter. (If you don't see the traffic being held up, you shouldn't run the red.)

There are a very large number of minor sidestreets and driveways. You had right-of-way, but you still had to keep an eye out.

There were a few 4-way stops, some on slight downhills, where you were on your own. Since there was often a line of SUVs waiting, I did not want to zoom past them and surprize the cross-traffic.

They are not kidding about needing to be able to stop, folks.

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Old October 11th, 2006, 06:54 PM   #92
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OK thanks Dev...I misunderstood then.

I thought Police that were on the route in the last couple of miles in Atlanta for the elite skaters were not there for the average skaters.
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Old October 11th, 2006, 09:39 PM   #93
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A2A is not a race. It is a "road skating" event and as such the skaters should not expect that right of way at all intersections.

At most of the intersections the promotors have police to help the traffic but skaters should be able to stop if directed to and/or if the police are not available at an intersection.

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Old October 11th, 2006, 09:53 PM   #94
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A2A is not a race. It is a "road skating" event and as such the skaters should not expect that right of way at all intersections.

At most of the intersections the promotors have police to help the traffic but skaters should be able to stop if directed to and/or if the police are not available at an intersection.

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If only there was some reliable braking system on the market....
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Old October 11th, 2006, 09:58 PM   #95
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If only there was some reliable braking system on the market....
Yeah, some system that could mount on just about any frame! That would be great!
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Old October 11th, 2006, 10:01 PM   #96
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nah, braking just slows you down.
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Old October 12th, 2006, 01:20 AM   #97
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Yeah, some system that could mount on just about any frame! That would be great!
I have a system on the market that mounts on any 195mm boot. The system involves a brake and a leash. Making a bolt on system is possible but it is heavy and clunky. A bolt on brake usually will be in the 100g range not counting the brake pad. Even when used with a super light frame, the results is a heavy and clunky combo. Also, some frames might crack with the additional forces since the were not designed for braking. Also with a bolt on system you do not have an easy way to mount the leash. My feeling is that the leash is the key to powerful stopping.

The bolt on brake that I sold, last year was about 120g. Even if you combine the 120g bolt on brake with an ultra light frame like the TRUREV 170g frame you have a package of 290g for brake plus frame. In addition to the weight, I did not like dealing with the hassle of weird skate axles and overall did not like the bolt on brake system. Many customers liked the bolt on brakes so I will make some more but right now I am out of stock although you could check Charlie at Swat Skates.

I much prefer a brake+frame integrated solution. My integrated solution is a total of 225g making the brake+frame MUCH lighter then any other combo and at the same time it is probably stronger as well. The non-brake frame is 200g. The other nice thing about the integrated solution is that it has a mount for the leash. And if you want to remove the brake you can simply swap out one frame since it is possible to buy three frames.

I personally use a brake 100% of the time when I skate outdoors for racing and training. The brake does not bother me and I have placed top ten in several pro marathon skate races with the system so I personally don't think it creates a problem.

When I skate indoors I use a different type of wheels and a different frame and a different boot. My feeling is that it is nice to have a set of boots for indoors and a set for outdoors so you don't have to switch out the wheels every time you switch from one to the other and so you will always have a back up pair of boots in case something goes wrong.
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Old October 12th, 2006, 01:34 AM   #98
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Hmmm...this system Mark has sounds like it could be useful...I would have trouble trusting it, though unless it had some top ten finishes in major speedskating marathons.
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Old October 12th, 2006, 01:42 AM   #99
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Default Some A2A Road Pictures

Here are some pictures taken with my small Olympus camera along the A2A route.









The road warning at the top of Silver Hill.





Refueling at Check Point #5 after climbing up Silver Hill.





Atlanta in site! The road sucks here on DeKalb but I think I can finish this race.





Aaron Arndt stops by the Skater's Quest team in Piedmont Park.




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Old October 12th, 2006, 02:16 AM   #100
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Hmmm...this system Mark has sounds like it could be useful...I would have trouble trusting it, though unless it had some top ten finishes in major speedskating marathons.
... oh you mean race proven right? Maybe an endorsement from Frankie Andreu....
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