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PostPosted: Mon Oct 11, 2010 12:36 am    Post subject: Ultraskate locations - Paris Reply with quote

With all these ultras cropping up world-wide, I've been trying to find a location for the first French one.

Here is one I have found recently which is relatively close to Paris:


It does go up and down quite a lot but as it is a loop can this count as an 'official' Ultra location? More info on the website (see url)
http://www.wanarun.net/boucle-hippodrome-de-longchamp-parcours-1152

Distance-wise it is around 3.5km...
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 11, 2010 3:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks alright to me. Are the hills pump-able?

Also, what's the surface like? Butter smooth makes most hills LDP friendly. Head winds seem to affect me worse than slight hills.

When's it happening then????
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 11, 2010 4:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My latest thought for good and long loops, in the Midlands England, is Sutton Park in Birmingham. This 2.5 mile loop might well be closed to cars, needs skating though to check.

there might even be longer or better routes. the park is enormous!


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 11, 2010 4:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

timbo666 wrote:
Looks alright to me. Are the hills pump-able?

Also, what's the surface like? Butter smooth makes most hills LDP friendly. Head winds seem to affect me worse than slight hills.

When's it happening then????


I'm pretty sure that it is pump-able and the surface is like Skaiti...how about 20th-21st Nov?!?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here in Holland they also opt for another Ultra because the last one wasn't a big success. They found a nice route in zeeland, not unknown to you Chris Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2010 8:23 am    Post subject: Re: Ultraskate locations - Paris Reply with quote

cvallender wrote:
It does go up and down quite a lot but as it is a loop can this count as an 'official' Ultra location?

Sounds like somebody is primed and in shape for an ultra!?   Very Happy    Course looks good to me-- as long as you find a loop visually and physically variable enough to keep you interested for the long haul.   Our little 'mecca' of Greenlake has worked out great primarily because the park is completely legitimate for the overnight hours, when most parks officially shut down.    So what we're doing is cool, the authorities can't chase us out, and maybe most importantly the place is relatively safe for an inner-city park.

As far as officiality goes, there is no hard and fast rule about an ultraskate course being a loop, in fact we've really only done loops to keep logistics with supporters simple and also night time safe.   I've often thought as Ultraskates evolve, there might split into two generic "types" of course:  Gravity-based and courses that completely cancel out gravity.   So far all our Ultraskates  (and all the current world records)  have been set without any assist / speed from gravity -- in fact, they've been set with an overall incline!!

Depending what your goals are -- another option you might want to consider, and what I'd consider the "perfect" course, is where you map a point A to B, and skate it A-->B-->A during the daytime, then END the course in a nice loop over the nighttime hours, like the loop courses shown above.    This makes the skating and scenery far more interesting for the daylight hours, although the complexity of support and the group dynamics change drastically.    If we do another Ultra next spring or summer, when the daylight hours are longer, I'm thinking about finding a point "B" that's exactly 75 miles from point "A" -- where point "A" is on a loop track.   So during the day if you skated out and back you'd already log 150 miles, all the remainder would be at night on the loop, when you're feeling a bit beat, and totally in need of more support.    

Whatever you guys do, let us know if there might be another Ultra very soon?!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2010 11:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the input about the course - in Paris it would be totally possible to use the bike paths around/in the city to create some kind of A - B - A route during the day, finishing at the loop I've found in the early evening to for night time section.

Well there is a distinct possibility that the 1st French Ultra could happen during the weekend of the 20th November as long as the weather stays with us.

Tim is coming to visit me in Paris and we've already decided that a lot of skating will happen so I guess we'll just have to see if it turns out to be an Ultra...
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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 5:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Making it happen - PARIS ULTRA!    Good luck fellas!

Saturday, May 21 at 11:00am - May 22 at 12:00pm



http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=170401536349484
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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2011 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi all,

Thanks for the support James regarding the Paris Ultra, we currently have about 15 people either participating or coming to support those during the 24 hours.

I was just thinking, what kind of proof do participants need to provide in order to get their distance added to the ranking table? I'm really looking forward to it.

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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2011 2:13 pm    Post subject: I WANT TO GO!!! Reply with quote

I think I can make it to Paris.  Can someone put me in touch with any English speaking French skateboarders.  I'd love to be part of this event...even just to watch, but also to put in some laps.

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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2011 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Ted, cvallender (Chris Vallender) is English speaking. He's the organiser, or one of the main organisers, at least. I can give you his direct phone number and email address if you need it. I expect he'll be on here soon checking the updates, anyway.

I now feel even more left out! I didn't realise that Jochem and Jesse were going till a few days ago, now the legend BFT! Gosh darn it I wish I was going!
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2011 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

timbo666 wrote:
I now feel even more left out! I didn't realise that Jochem and Jesse were going till a few days ago, now the legend BFT! Gosh darn it I wish I was going!


Hey guys! It really would be amazing if you made it over Ted, and Tim, it is never too late! You can get in touch with me either by message on here or directly by Skype (christopher.vallender) and I'll be happy to answer any questions!

Ultra stoked!
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2011 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dude!!!

Well, it looks like I can't make it.  I have an appointment in Copenhagen on Saturday.  

Next year!!!

By the way, will be in England starting the 22nd...with my skateboard.  Would love to do some LDPing.

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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2011 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good work Chris and the poster looks great.   Very Happy  

Sorry not to be making this but it's just not possible with school etc.  Would love to hear all about it afterwards though and will be sending you all good vibes on the day and hoping for a wind free sunny day.   Cool

Hey Ted, whereabouts in England are you going to be with your skateboard?
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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2011 12:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll be in London (and in England) until the 30th...doing some coaching and speaking.



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