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2008 Worlds Gijon- Photos- Senior Marathons

The marathon is finished.

Men’s Marathon: New Zeland’s Shane Dobbin won the men’s marathon in a 3-skater breakaway ahead of Julien Levrard (France) was 2nd and an Argentina skater was 3rd. There was a bunch sprint for 4th. I managed to roll with the lead group of about 50 skaters for 12 of 13 1/2 laps. I finished with a small group in 1:04:30, maybe 1-minute back from the main bunch.

Women’s Marathon: Colombia’s Liana Holguin won the women’s race in front of Germany’s Sabine Berg in a bunch sprint.

Canadian News: Travis Shaw and Alex D’mello fell in the marathon. They’re both fine. Chelsea Parry and Leah Kaluta started the women’s marathon but were lapped out.

Thank you: Diedrick Hol who sold many MPC storm surge wheels as soon as it started raining right before the men’s marathon. I bought some- thanks a lot! When the course dried, the wheels were incredibly slow.

Skin Suits: There was another yearly skin-suit trading romp. I got a Spain, Mexico, and Italy suit.

Party: It’s tonight. Banquet, followed by dinner, and then disco. Buses take athletes home at 4am.

See a few pictures below- women’s race pictures taken by Morgane Echardour-

2008 Worlds Gijon- Pictures- Junior Marathon + Video: Track, Road, And Go-Karting

I put a video together that includes some footage of racing on the track and road as well as yesterday’s international go-kartine extravaganza. Check it out- 2008-09 Spain World Roller Speed Skating Championships– or watch below-

The junior women’s and men’s marathons are finished. I watched the junior women’s race while scouting the course. A skater from Korea and Germany finished 1-2 in a sprint. The first two finishers had a good 20-meter lead over the 3rd place finisher and the rest of the pack. I saw three Colombia skaters accidentally trip each other up and fall. I also shot a few pictures for you- see below.

I left early on in the junior men’s race. When I left, Belgian and Swiss skaters were controlling the front. I don’t know who won and how.

The marathon road circuit, which runs along the beach, is swinging from dry to wet back to dry and wet again. Everyone’s trying to figure out, or rather predict, if the road will be wet or dry. This will have a significant impact on wheel selection.

The senior women will race the marathon in 3 hours and we (senior men) race after the senior women. The marathon course is a 3-minute skate from the hotel.