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en route to Orangedale, Cape Breton video GPS setup Stage 4 route map
Stages 1, 2, 4 and 5 of Ride The Lobster were recently traced with three GPS systems and a high definition video camera over a three day project 21-23Oct07. These data will become available to racers and to spectators via the event website http://www.ridethelobster.com and form the basis of some maps currently in the planning stage. Data from one of the GoogleEarth-ready GPS units is planned for download access from the event website. The weather was cooperative for this project. No rain fell.

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Unicycle atop parade vehicle with USA and UK flags flying Irene genelin examines the Britech GPS unit Nathan Hoover observes Max deMilner strapping on the Britech GPS unit
Darren Bedford (left) Irene Genelin (centre) and Max deMilner, with Nathan Hoover looking on, (right) examine the Britech GPS units to be used in tracking the teams during the 800km unicycle race in June 2008. Britech has developed software to extend battery life up to 10+ hours, according to president and CEO Brian Reid. Each team will be equipped with a unit that will act as the team’s “baton”.  Race rules dictate how the GPS units are to be used. Software is also being developed to monitor units that are stationary or exceed a sustained threshold, and warn race referees of units that deviate from the race route.

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Ride The Lobster at the Windsor Pumpkin Parade and International Regatta Paddler in the International Pumpkin Regatta Unicycle atop parade vehicle with USA and UK flags flying
Ride The Lobster was invited to join the annual Windsor Pumpkin Festival Parade and International Pumpkin Regatta. Thousands of spectators lined the streets to see the Parade. RTL had a Bedford MUni perched atop a vehicle with the USA and UK flag flying. This year’s regatta attracted 47 paddlers. A 73-year-old won for a 5th consecutive time. The New England sports network filmed the two New England competitors, including Boston College, who entered the race.

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logo Balance Productions

Brian MacKenzie of Balance Productions reports that a stripped bootleg portion from his video (Inner Balance, Unicycling in Manhattan) at his website has been recently posted to UTube — and received 25,000 hits in one day! See: http://youtube.com/watch?v=Ck8bM97Hh3
Balance Productions is planning a feature documentary of the international unicycle race, Ride The Lobster. They also plan to hold an Outdoor Sports Filming Workshop, recruiting up to 20+ camera operators for the 800km unicycle race 16-20th June 2008.

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Too many issues with Google’s eBlogger (see http://www.ridethelobster.blogspot.com) has forced Ride The Lobster to migrate to another blogging service. We have selected WordPress. Our new blog location is https://ridethelobster.wordpress.com


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Max deMilner (aka unicycleMax) races his unicycle in Annapolis Royal
Next June 2008 Nova Scotia, Canada, will set the stage for the most incredible race of the year — a 800km, 5-day unicycle team relay — ” … the closest thing to The Tour de France for unicyclists.”Can’t come to Nova Scotia? Don’t worry. Team positions will be streamed LIVE to the internet, to the desktops and pubs of the world.Watch this Blog as the action heats up.

Want to set up a foreign language podcast to broadcast the race? Contact ridethelobster@gmail.com

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