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Old November 28th, 2007, 04:32 PM   #21
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If you're still on the fence, take a look at this video:

Team Skatelog 2007


Thank you so much to Howard (Intrepid) for creating the video for us.
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Old November 28th, 2007, 05:37 PM   #22
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If you're still on the fence, take a look at this video:

Team Skatelog 2007

If you want to view the video, I suggest that you right-click on the link, select "Save Target As ..." from the pull down list, and then download the file to to the desired directory on your computer. You can then run the video from your hard drive. The file is mpg format so it will run in a variety of players. Even though the video is only 45 seconds in duration and the data format is very compressed, the file size is 10.5MB so give it a few minutes to download from Jessica's site to your computer.

Towards the end of the video, there is a short clip of Jessica escorting Lawrence (More Cowbell) over the finish line at the end of the 24-hour race.

Hope you like the video
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Old November 29th, 2007, 02:13 AM   #23
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I'd love to do this, seems like just about the coolest thing ever...needs consideration.

What's the rough cost breakdown? I'd have to get there and probably pay someone for some floor space in a hotel obviously... How much do people typically skate? Do we go till we're burned and call in a replacement or take shifts of time? A number of laps?
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Old November 29th, 2007, 05:03 AM   #24
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FANTASTIC VIDEO, HOWARD!!!

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I'd love to do this, seems like just about the coolest thing ever...needs consideration.

What's the rough cost breakdown? I'd have to get there and probably pay someone for some floor space in a hotel obviously... How much do people typically skate? Do we go till we're burned and call in a replacement or take shifts of time? A number of laps?
I didn't skate the relay last year, but these are pretty basic questions... you skate one 3-mile lap at a time, as hard as you can blaze it out, then hand off to a teammate. Last year's SLF team covered 143 laps, so on average each member skated 14-15 laps over the 24 hours. There are various schemes for organizing teams into subgroups and rotations and such that Jessica and Howard can explain better.

My sister and I shared a room at a nice hotel for 5 nights, which cost about $1200 total. My plane ticket was about $550 from Denver. Of course there are ways to save money here (such as flying into Burlington, VT).

To call anything the "coolest thing ever" might seem like hyperbole, but in the case of the Montreal 24hr it is quite nearly the literal truth. It is a crazy awesome experience -- if you can scrape the $$$ together, don't miss it!
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Old November 29th, 2007, 05:09 AM   #25
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I'd say definitely in, but I just bought a ticket to London...

I'd say, I'll hang around in the "maybe" category for now, and see what LOADS of money come my way before saying definitely...

I miss the teammates and would love to do it again! So well see how it goes...
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Old November 29th, 2007, 05:11 AM   #26
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PS... see avatar, its from Montreal at about hour 16 (5 am)
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Old November 29th, 2007, 06:30 AM   #27
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Eighteen_psi -

Lawrence pretty much covered it, but I'll throw in a few thoughts on how to conserve cash so you can race at Montreal .

Hotel: You can get by with 2 nights and possibly even one. You could reasonably arrive Friday so you would need a hotel Friday night. Race Saturday night and lay horizontally in small quantities . The race, "victory lap" and wrap up is done by mid-afternoon Sunday. Either stay Sunday night in Montreal to recover and celebrate with teammates or return home.

Airport to Hotel transportation: Either take the airport shuttle bus (less than $15 one-way, cheaper round trip) or for a lesser fee find a nice teammate with a car to shuttle you.

Food: Figure you'll eat at restaurants for Friday night, Saturday morning and Sunday night/Monday morning if you stay over. Cost was like any city's restaurants, not shocking. Bring food to eat at the race. There was food available at the race, but there were always lines.

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There could be other shared costs of $25- $50. Then there are souveniers, camera batteries, etc.

The flight cost is the big ticket. From Minnesota to Montreal would have been $600+ if not for frequent-flyer miles. Many airports in the rest of the country were more reasonable, if I remember correctly.

Hope you get to "definitely in". You won't regret it!

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Old November 29th, 2007, 03:30 PM   #28
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I bought my plane ticket early in the year and got it for around $350. I was really surprised to find such a cheap ticket directly into Montreal.
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Old November 29th, 2007, 09:28 PM   #29
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You could reasonably arrive Friday so you would need a hotel Friday night. Race Saturday night and lay horizontally in small quantities .
Ask Glenn about my ability to get by on minimal/no sleep While I'd like to make a vacation of it, see the sights, hang out a bit and all that, if it came down to it I have no problem getting up there, running, crashing on someone's floor and flying back. I'd prefer that to not going at all if that ends up being the decision.

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I do too, if I can fit it in temporally and financially I will
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Old December 1st, 2007, 07:26 PM   #30
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A couple more possible teammates are Rich Bonnette and Luke Sawh. I mentioned it to Rich and he is considering whether it will fit his 2008 racing schedule. I haven't had the opportunity to talk with Luke, yet.

01. Jessica - in if she doesn't skate solo
02. MNGreene - definitely in?
03. ONOU - interested
04. Birgit - definitely in?
05. chuckboucher - definitely in!
06. speedsk8r "Jan" - definitely in?
07. The General "Don Patton" - definitely in
08. Rich Bonnette - considering options
09. Luke Sawh - need to talk to Luke
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Old December 1st, 2007, 07:35 PM   #31
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MN Mike is interested also, but not sure yet if he can do it. We have twenty slots open because if enough skaters are interested we'll send two 10-person teams in 2008.

01. Jessica - in if she doesn't skate solo
02. MNGreene - definitely in?
03. ONOU - interested
04. Birgit - definitely in?
05. chuckboucher - definitely in!
06. speedsk8r "Jan" - definitely in?
07. The General "Don Patton" - would like to do it again
08. Rich Bonnette - considering options
09. Luke Sawh - need to talk to Luke
10. MN Mike - in the "maybe" category for now
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Old December 1st, 2007, 10:49 PM   #32
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Unhappy airfare

there had been rumours about airfare-tax changes, so europe-north-america flights would come substantially cheaper, but i'm not getting results a lot less then 800$

would love to join, but thats a bit too much of the good thing.

hope for you folks it's going to be a blast again! (and a little better weather...)
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Old December 1st, 2007, 11:34 PM   #33
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MN Mike is interested also, but not sure yet if he can do it. We have twenty slots open because if enough skaters are interested we'll send two 10-person teams in 2008.

01. Jessica - in if she doesn't skate solo
02. MNGreene - definitely in?
03. ONOU - interested
04. Birgit - definitely in?
05. chuckboucher - definitely in!
06. speedsk8r "Jan" - definitely in?
07. The General "Don Patton" - would like to do it again
08. Rich Bonnette - considering options
09. Luke Sawh - need to talk to Luke
10. MN Mike - in the "maybe" category for now
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I'm quite sure Luke is planning on doing it solo! At least that was what he said at Pinellas Trail Skate.

I'm a "04. Birgit - definitely in!"
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Old December 2nd, 2007, 03:25 AM   #34
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Update...

01. Jessica - in if she doesn't skate solo
02. Birgit - definitely in!
03. chuckboucher - definitely in!
04. MNGreene - definitely in?
05. speedsk8r "Jan" - definitely in?
06. The General "Don Patton" - would like to do it again
07. ONOU - interested
08. Rich Bonnette - considering options
09. MN Mike - in the "maybe" category for now
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Old December 4th, 2007, 05:45 AM   #35
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I am a chinese speed skater. I would like to take part in this activity. Let my know the latest information about it.
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Old December 4th, 2007, 08:16 AM   #36
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Found this sticky'd on another forum I hang out on. I figured I'd pass it along for us here since affordable airfare/accommodations could make or break it for me (and I have to assume I'm not alone here).

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I seriously spend hours scouring the internet for cheap tickets to fly around the world have compiled a good source of information for cheap airfares.

Sites for cheap airfare research:
http://www.air-fare.com - this site lists the lowest available fare and ticket rules for popular routes

http://www.indiakane.com/ff/ff.html - Enter up to 4 airport codes (LAX = Los Angeles, EWR = Newark, etc.) and it'll show you all the prices so you can compare if you live in a metropolitan area that has more than one airport, or you want to check regionally (like washington/philadelphia/new york metros).

http://dps1.travelocity.com/dreamMap...ce=TRAVELOCITY - Input your city and it brings up a random list of low fares. You can adjust the fares to your liking.

Often, the airline sites are good places to start. Typically they do not charge a fee, offer bonus miles/reward points and often have the lowest prices.

Airline websites:
www.nwa.com
www.delta.com
www.aa.com
www.continental.com
www.united.com
www.usair.com
www.southwest.com - discount airline
www.alaskaair.com - discount airline
www.airtran.com - discount airline
www.jetblue.com - discount airline
www.spiritair.com - discount airline

Check the discount airlines first - they serve limited routes and times but often, the majors match and have much, much more flexibile schedules.

Signing up for weekly emails from the airlines is also often a great way to find discounts. Northwest.com has weekly promotions, for instance, often yielding great savings to Asia and Europe.

General major online travel sites - these do the whole deal of airline tix, hotels and rental cars. Note: these may not often be the cheapest and to get the cheapest deal, need to visit the airline's websites directly, but are good points for initial research.

www.travelocity.com
www.expedia.com
www.orbitz.com
www.lowestfare.com
www.cheaptickets.com

For International tickets - A good resource is the San Francisco Chronicle and the NY times sunday travel sections - they list travel agents, known as consolidators or bucket shops, that specialize in bucket-fares to locations. Usually they deal with an ethnic community serving them (say, an African or Japanese travel agent dealing with those markets). They may seem shady but if you're in doubt, check the BBB. I had a co-worker who was leary call up a number out of the SF Chronicle and got tix to Venice for $200/ticket cheaper than anything she could find online.

Bidding/auction websites - These have exploded in popularity recently and it's easy to see why. For a last minute deal, Priceline CAN save as much as 80% percent on what a walk-up fare would be for next day travel. For hotels and rental cars, these are unbeatable. I personally scored the Marriott at the Mexico City airport for $40 + taxes/fees, the "rack rate" for that hotel room is $169/night. When my parents were moving to the east coast from the west coast, they often booked last minute deals on hotwire.com to Philadelphia for ~$300 with just a few days notice. Also got hotel rooms, rental cars really cheap that way.

I saw tickets to Amsterdam selling at $600 THE DAY BEFORE I WANTED TO LEAVE... so it's pretty sweet the kinds of deals that are out there on these sites.

The two major ones are:

www.priceline.com - This is the quintessential bidding website. Put in a price, see if anyone accepts your offer. Simple as that, right? Not really. With advance notice, often can get a better deal going through an airline website, but also, they're not so hot on international deals. They ARE good for last minute though. Hotels and rental cars, they cannot be beaten. Plus, w/ priceline, no frequent flyer miles.

www.hotwire.com - This differs as you do not place the bid, but you see the prices, but not the hotel/airline/rental car company. Often can yield good savings but not to the degree of priceline.

How to make the most out of Priceline? To get the best possible deals, consult www.biddingfortravel.com and www.betterbidding.com - These websites list the hotels, and the best deals that people have gotten for airline routes as well. The last thing you want to do is overbid for a hotel/airline route.

For Students: The best sites out there for students is www.statravel.com and www.studentuniverse.com - These sites offer lowfare deals for students provided they have an ID or are under 26. I got my tix to go to Shanghai on Northwest Airlines from San Diego (an expensive place to fly out of internationally) for $735 or so, when nwa.com was charging $800.

Package deals: The best site I have ever come across for package deals is www.travelzoo.com - this site compiles tons of tour operations/travel agents and creates a listing of their best deals. This way, it'll save you a lot of legwork. My friend picked up a package to Tokyo off this site for about $900 through a different agent WITH 5 nights hotel in one of the most expensive cities on earth.

Traveling on a budget/cheap:
So you're young, don't have a lot of money and want to travel? Don't sweat it, sounds like me. If you never heard of them, most countries in Europe, Asia and South America have extensive Youth Hostel networks. In communal rooms, sharing bathrooms and the like, beds can often be had in expensive cities like London, Tokyo, Amsterdam and Rio de Janeiro for between $10-30. A good resource for hostel locations is www.hostels.com and www.hostelworld.com .

I personally stay in hostels. I've been to ~13 countries and stayed in hostels in every one. If you're used to your privacy, then so be it, you can pay for a hotel room, but you'll never find a place cheaper than $17 in London, and $20 in Tokyo. most hostels provide bedding, some provide towels.

This is just some general information but I have a plethora of other information on Euro-rail, low-fare travel in Europe, Asia as well as personal experience on 4 continents.
I've found some sweet deals here already but still looking for Montreal bargains myself.
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There is a hostel listed on the first of the links on this 24h Montreal website:

http://24inline.ca/links.php
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Old December 4th, 2007, 08:49 PM   #38
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There is a hostel listed on the first of the links on this 24h Montreal website:

http://24inline.ca/links.php
A friend stayed there in the dorm for another skating event last year and wouldn't recommend it. He did say that the shared rooms might be better because at least you know the person/persons you're sharing with. Apparently the dorms can be a little dicey. If you do stay there though, one bit of advice he gave was that you book the shared rooms in advance if possible. Otherwise when you get there (like he & a group of friends did) they may be full and you're placed with the "general population" so to speak.

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Old December 4th, 2007, 09:08 PM   #39
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If only they allowed quads....
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They prolly do.
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