Riders have begun to arrive from all corners of the earth for a memorable 800km, 5-day journey through Nova Scotia, Canada. Today, the unicycle race, Ride The Lobster, begins in the historic seaport town of Yarmouth.
Stories abound already.
Team Yellow Line Fever, unexpectedly became the second all-family team in the race (the other being the deMilner trio) as one of their members could not make the journey to Nova Scotia. Down to two riders, Nathan and Beau Hoover will have their work cut out for them. Rules stipulate that no change to teams are allowed after June 1st. Their efforts will be Hurculean.
Seven unicyclists have already experienced some type of equipment or unicycle damage during air transport, or during training runs over the weekend. A key member of Korean Dream Team had their unicycle so badly damaged in transport that almost a new unicycle had to be built from scratch. Results of this re-construction is not yet available. Another unicyclist, sources say, had their seat fall apart and required overnight welding services for repairs.
One unicyclist, while riding about a parking lot in Annapolis Royal, accidently fell and required attention at a nearby medical clinic. He will be unavailable to support his team at least for Stage 1 of the race that begins hours from now.
Aside from a number of lost airline luggage incidents, lost car keys, misplaced riders, midnight arrivals due to cancelled and rescheduled flights out of the USA, the riders who remained unscathed had a great time at welcoming receptions.
The towns of Annapolis Royal and Yarmouth, and the small fishing community of Pubnico West greeted the riders with unbelievable receptions of music, entertainment and food. One head organizer stated that this may be the first event they know where riders may actually gain weight.
As this article comes to a close, riders begin to awake within the hour to eat a complimentary breakfast before making unicycle history.
Connections to the internet in this mainly rural province are limited. Sporadic reports are expected to come out of Ride The Lobster over the next five days.