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Eleven-minute interview with Nathan Hoover and Andy Cotter:

Here, renowned unicyclists Nathan Hoover and Andy Cotter introduce listeners to “Ride The Lobster” in PART III of a three-part interview. In PART I they introduced the world of unicycling. In Part II they talked about long distance unicycling.

Contact ridethelobster@gmail.com to suggest other audio interview ideas/topics.

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Fuera del azul, dos unicyclists españoles han venido adelante calificar para la raza, “Ride The Lobster”.
Out of the blue, two Spanish unicyclists have come forth and shocked organizers to qualify for “Ride The Lobster”.

Alberto Alvarez and Edgar Escuer are both from Barcelona, Spain. As information arrives in Nova Scotia, we will let you know more about these Spaniards and their qualifying rides.
Alberto Alvarez y Edgar Escuer son ambos de Barcelona, España. Pues la información llega en Nueva Escocia, le dejaremos saber más sobre estos españoles y sus paseos calificativos.

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RTL interactive map section of Stage 2
Digital cartographer Todd Banks, of the Centre for Geographic Sciences (COGS), continues his work on creating interactive maps of the 800km event route of Ride The Lobster for riders and spectators/media. Shown here is a portion of Stage 2, the Valley-Lighthouse Stage. Yellow tick marks are space every 10km along the red-highlighted route. Below, one can see the topographic profile of the last 10km of Stage 2. The profile shows that riders will have to travel up, then down, an 80m elevation in those last kilometres.topographic profile of the last 10km of Stage 2 of Ride The Lobster

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Ten-minute interview with Nathan Hoover and Andy Cotter:
Download PART II “Long Distance Unicycling”

Here, renowned unicyclists Nathan Hoover and Andy Cotter introduce listeners to unicycling in PART II of a three-part interview. In PART I they introduce unicycling. In Part III they talk about the 800km international race, Ride The Lobster.

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Bear River profile along the Annapolis Stage of Ride The Lobster
Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) digital cartographer, Todd Banks, has prepared a route profile along the 800km length of Ride The Lobster. The profiles are preliminary. Profiles are available for four of the five Stages: Annapolis, Valley-Lighthouse, Time Trials/Criterium (not posted), Glooscap-Sunrise, and Cape Breton. The 200km Stage profiles were created from a detailed digital elevation model of Nova Scotia. These will become part of an interactive Flash Map he is creating.

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Eleven-minute interview with Nathan Hoover and Andy Cotter:
Download PART I “The world of unicycling”

Here, renowned unicyclists Nathan Hoover and Andy Cotter introduce listeners to unicycling in PART I of a three-part interview. In PART II they focus on long-distance unicycling. In Part III they talk about the 800km race, Ride The Lobster.

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Todd Leger of New Brunswick Canada gets set for Ride The Lobster
The Daily Gleaner newspaper reports that Todd Legere of Fredericton New Brunswick, Canada, is preparing for the 800km 5-day unicycle race set for Nova Scotia 16-20 June this summer.

The paper states that “Legere thinks he’ll be the only East Coast unicyclist participating and he’s optimistic that will allow the region to get behind his efforts.”

He is quoted as saying, “I’m hoping that the community will be there to support me in this. Hopefully, I can represent Fredericton to some extent and because I’m the only New Brunswicker going in this international event. I’m hoping that their prayers and support will be with me.”

Link to the full article Daily Gleaner text at: http://dailygleaner.canadaeast.com/front/article/228617

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Nottingham Evening News describes Ride The Lobster qualifiers
Coverage on page three of the Nottingham Evening News describes Joe Marshall’s and Spencer Owen’s attempt to qualify for the 800km 5-day Ride the Lobster challenge this 16-20 June in Nova Scotia, Canada. The paper quotes Joe, “The hardest thing about Ride the Lobster is probably going to be going up against the fastest riders in the world. We all know we can ride the distance at a comfortable speed. But the speed will have to be about 15mph or so to keep up which might be tough. We’ve got to do it in five days, we’re sure we can do that.”

Link to Nottingham Evening News article: http://tinyurl.com/299fem

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Finally. Roland Perry and SteveYo found a two-day window of opportunity between this season’s blizzards and snowstorms to qualify for Ride The Lobster, the 800km 5-day race set for 16-20 June in Nova Scotia, Canada.
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Winter has not been kind.

On the Friday evening before the ride several centimetres of snow fell. Roland insisted on battling the elements that weekend, despite forecasts of increasing wind and snow. On March 1st they began. Not only did they have to overcome the wicked winds and blowing snow, they had to dance with the traffic and the potholes. The first part of the ride was easy. They knew the short 125mm cranks on 36″ wheels on the upcoming rolling hills would become a challenge. Through Albany, Troy, Rennselaer, Castleton-on-Hudson and Kinderhook they wheeled. After a short stop, change of clothes, a meal and Gatorade at friend’s, and a whining phone call back home (only to be told to ‘suck it up’) came the real challenge — biting winter headwinds. They rode into the twilight zone of doubt, but eventually finished Day 1, cold and shivering. A beer and hot stove awaited their arrival back home.

Roland, Steve and Perry qyalifying in Albany New York for Ride The Lobster Unicycling through Albany New York USA
The second day was shorter — still cold, but with blue, clear skies — along winding roads. They even enjoyed a short stay at a coffee shop to wolf down mozzarella and cheese sandwiches and rich chocolate torte. Another beer awaited them after another cold day on a unicycle.

Qualifier photos: http://tinyurl.com/2cp5m5
Horrifying details: http://tinyurl.com/24z9br

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