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Video- Canada Day Marathon (Cambridge), Thunder Bay 21k, Chicagoland NROC/ Pro Inline Tour & Jade/ Jesse/ Peter Singing

I hope you like this video; 2009-07 Canada Day 42k (Cambridge), Thunder Bay 21k, Chicagoland NROC/ Pro Inline Tour.

Make sure you enjoy the section where Jade, Jesse, and I are singing. I think it’s quite good 😉

Road Rash Chronicles- Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About… Peter Doucet

6. What attribute about yourself is the hardest to accept?
That there are times I feel that I know better or that I should have known better.

I really love the sound of the bell indicating the last lap, a point, or an elimination. The sound of the bell adds to a great atmosphere along with all the other sounds at races; the sound of the cheering crowd, the commentator’s voice blaring over the sound-system, and the sound of wheels and bearings mixed with yelling of coaches and officials.

Read more of Road Rash Chronicles’ interview with SpeedSkateWorld.com’s Peter Doucet; Everything you ever wanted to know about…...

300-Meter World Record For Nicolas Pelloquin & Nicoletta Falcone At European Roller Speed Skating Championships- – Results, Pictures, Reports, & More

France’s Nicolas Pelloquin set the 300-meter time trial record of 24.221 seconds on day 1 of racing at the European Roller Speed Skating Championships under way in Belgium. Joining the World Record parade was Nicoletta Falcone from Italy in the senior women with a time of 26.572

Here are links with loads of information, results, pictures, and more that will keep you clicking all over the world wide web-




Photo from Daniel Yeow

Photo from Daniel Yeow

Photo from Tims ProSkateShots

Photo from MundoPatin

Photo by Uwe Ziedler, from Bildimpressionen.de

Photo by Uwe Ziedler, from Bildimpressionen.de

Photo by Uwe Ziedler, from Bildimpressionen.de

Photo by Uwe Ziedler, from Bildimpressionen.de

Photo by Uwe Ziedler, from Bildimpressionen.de

Pictures- Flanders Grand Prix- From SkatingSisters

SkatingSisters shared some pictures from the recent Flanders Grand Prix. To get to the photo album, click here.

Photo from Rik3130B

Photo from Rik3130B

Photo from Rik3130B

SS Boots

SS Boots is now in the links.


Bill Begg Shares His Views On The Current State Of Inline Skating

Bill Begg shared his views on the current state of inline skating; What’s the Current State of Inline Skating?

In this tough economy, the skate companies are struggling to continue their support for the World Inline Cup. In recent years, it has cost about a quarter-million dollars to field a winning team — and that has proved too much for the likes of Hyper, Verducci, Salomon and Fila. At this point, Rollerblade is just hanging in there. And Bont — after years of six figure World Cup support — is downsizing its commitment.

Everyone is suffering. But skating is like an ocean with its ups and downs. We’re in a trough right now, but hopefully we can catch a big wave back to shore.

On the bright side, I’m optimistic about our chances for Olympic entry, especially after attending the World Games in Kaohsiung. Inline speed skaters were the local heroes of the event, racking up gold medals and media attention (even as some current world champions from Europe and the Americas failed to medal).


Les 24 Heures Du Mans 2009 Sur Sport +

Un reportage de 15 minutes sur l’édition 2009 des 24 Heures du Mans est actuellement en cours de multi-diffusion sur la chaîne Sport +. Les prochains passages sont prévus aux horaires suivants : mercredi 29 juillet à 17h15, vendredi 31 juillet à 10h45 et 14h15 et lundi 3 août à 13h15.

Lisez en plus ici; TV : Les 24 Heures du Mans 2009 sur Sport +.


Mike Garvin: Chicagoland Marathon (NROC) Report, Skating With 2010 Schankel Canada Marathon Squad

Mike Garvin will be skating the 2010 season with the Schankel Canada marathon squad- Join the Team

I’ll be getting more serious about my winter training this year; I’ve joined the new Schankel Canada Marathon Squad, managed by Andrew Hegarty. I’ll be signing up for Northshore as a team member, and I’ll be wearing my Schankel skinsuit at all events now.

He also shared a very detailed report on this past weekend’s Chicagoland Marathon NROC- Marathon Chicago Style

The Chicagoland marathon has come and gone. I went down for the marathon, but there was actually a whole weekend of events. Team Rainbo really went all out and created full weekend of racing. Sprints on Friday, time trials and 10K races on Saturday and then “the big show” on Sunday. There was a lot of buzz and everyone seemed to really enjoy the format.


Andrew Love- Thanking Bruce Kohen

Check out Andrew Love’s latest entry; Thanks Bruce!.

  1. At the elite level of speedskating, 99% of athletes use custom made carbon fiber boots. A perfect fit is an absolute necessity when trying to push hard while balancing on 1mm of steel at 30+ mph (add in gallons of lactic acid induced haze for more fun). Custom boots are even more important if you have unusual feet like I do.

Although 3 pairs of boots might seem a lot, all 3 boots together is cheaper than a high end carbon fiber road racing bicycle, and given how much of my heart & soul have gone into speedskating, it is a worthwhile investment, and repaid with the joy I get from skating these amazing intersections of engineering and art.


Liam McFarlane- Update; On Track For 2010

Olympic Trials are nearing, we leave a week today to Vancouver and our first day of competition is August 9th. I will try and keep things more update now.

Read the latest from Liam McFarlane here; Update!.

You can read the article that goes along with his post; Short-track speedskaters on track for 2010.

“It’s going to be tough, Canada’s one of the strongest men’s teams in the world,” said Gilday. “But we’re confident. Everything’s been going really well the past couple weeks.

“Once you make the team, you don’t have to have any doubts that we can definitely be medal contenders in all distances and the relay at the Olympics,” said Gilday, 22. “I’m confident the men’s team has the ability to put somebody on the podium and there’s no way we want anything other than gold in the relay.”


Candy Wong- More On Those Bruises

My next race will be the mid-distance championship in St Paul where I’ll get to compete with many of the girls from MN. Strictly speaking, I never race with any of them before so I am very looking forward to this event.

Read more from Candy Wong here; More On Those Bruises.

5th Annual Ottawa Inline Skating Festival

Hello Skaters, Labor Day weekend and the Ottawa Inline Skating Festival are fast approaching. September 6th will see the entire afternoon filled with picture perfect scenery and smooth skating along the Rockcliffe parkway on even more NEW pavement (paving is being completed right now).

For this year’s event, many new features have been added

Read more here; 5th Annual Ottawa Inline Skating Festival.


Register Today For A2A! Race Organizers Meeting Tonight To Determine Whether 2009 Event Will Happen

Race organizers for Athens to Atlanta are having a meeting tonight to determine whether or not the event will happen this year.

As it stands there are only about 50 people registered. The minimum number of registrations necessary for the event to go-ahead is 100 skaters.

If you are considering skating the 2009 edition of this great event, make sure you register as soon as you’re done reading SpeedSkateWorld.com.


Report & Pictures- Otterlo Univé World On Wheels

Pascal Briand shared a report on this past weekend’s Otterlo Univé World on Wheels- wow race in holland

last week was kind of taff for me…i got sick…hummm 3 days on the toilet to be honnest 🙂 so not so cool…friday evening things start to get better so i decide to drive to holland to race the wow in otterlo…to defend my ranking, i was 2nd …
so saturday morning i arrive there…sleep a bit…but damm i still don t feel so good…so i have to sit sometimes (on the toilet of course).
ok anyway i have to race… i love this too much.

Click here for Harm de Boer Fotografie’s pictures.

Photo from Harm de Boer Fotografie

Photo from Harm de Boer Fotografie

Report- Chicagoland Inline Marathon NROC- From Jorge Botero

Click here for Jorge Botero’s report from this past Sunday’s Chicagoland Inline Marathon NROC.

On the second lap, after small attacks that I did, the Cado Motus and Pinnacle racing skaters attacked hard going up a hill into a headwind. Peter Doucet hung with the us and at the top of the hill, made his move.


Reports & Video- World Games- From Powerslide Racing & Roller En Ligne

Powerslide Racing shared a report on the recent World Games; World Games Kaoshiung 2009.

The event started with the opening ceremony what has been for sure an unforgetable moment for all the skaters. The Kaoshiung city stadium specially built for the event was over crowed with 40 000 people being inside and 50 000 people waiting oustide watching the event on big screens. While entering one by one in the stadium, the feeling was quite a nice one for everybody with the crowd yelling and screaming hard the name of each country, especially for Yann Guyader being the flag Holder for FRANCE.

Back home all the skaters will be preparing the World championships that will be held in China Haining in september, european skaters will be in Belgium next week for european championships and colombian ones will have a 6 weeks team training in bogota after going few days in Haining to test the world championships’s track.

Here is Roller En Ligne‘s report; World Games: Un Bilan Francais Positif.

Les World Games (Jeux Mondiaux) sont souvent considérés comme l’antichambre des Jeux Olympiques. Ils sont d’ailleurs organisés sous le patronage du CIO. Cet événement multisports regroupe tous les 4 ans des sports qui ne sont pas olympiques. Le roller fait partie de la trentaine de disciplines qui ont pris part à l’édition 2009.


Here’s a video of the World Games aired on ESPN; [高雄世運] 滑輪溜冰

Michael Gilday- Awesome Things #4

– two sets of mock races (including a nice little 41.2- ya handtimed but still)
– a ton of Tour de France watching hours logged
– beat a case of “Tour withdrawl” (sort of…)
– couple of good mountain bike rides
– enjoyed some nice weather on a couple patios
– and oh ya…train train train

Read more from Michael Gilday here; Things that are awesome day #4.

More Pictures- Chicagoland Inline Marathon NROC/ Pro Inline Tour

Here are more photos from this past weekend’s Chicagoland Inline Marathon NROC & Pro Inline Tour-


Photo from DuffManOhYea

Photo from Peter Moynihan

Photo from John Scott Schulte

Photo from DuffManOhYea

Video- Chicagoland Inline Marathon NROC- From Luv2toob

Check out luv2toob‘s video of the Pro races from this past weekend’s Chicagoland Inline Marathon NROC; Chicagoland Inline Marathon 2009.

Venezuela’s World Roller Speed Skating Championships Selection

Check out Venezuela definió el equipo que estará participando en Haining 2009 to find out which skaters will represent Venezuela at the upcoming World Roller Speed Skating Championships. Worlds take place in Haining, China from the 18th to the 26th of September.

Senior Men
Alexander Bastidas
Daniel Alvarez
Fabricio Ervitti
Juan Jardines
Felipe Castillo

Senior Ladies
Sandra Vuelvas
Sara Ervitti
Karla Parada

Junior Boys
Leonard Munoz
Breiner Florez Breiner
Joshender Rodriguez

Junior Girls
Jessica Esteves
Shanon Hernandez
Solymar Vivas


Mission To Vancouver- Training Camp In Berlin

Also I started to do most of the trainings with the polish team, in fact a huge advantage when it comes to more faster laps. One remaining problem is that I’m not used to skating in groups and sometimes it’s harder for me to stay in the back than to go in the front – cause when I come to close to the person right infront of my I tend to put my weight on my heels – which leads to an unrelaxed position and my legs will become tired sooner……

Read more here; been some time… last days of Camp Berlin…..

RSO Series- This Sunday At CITC’s 200-Meter Banked Track

The 2009 RSO Outdoor Series will make its next stop this Sunday, August 2nd, at CITC’s 200-meter banked track in Harriston.

Registration opens at 9:00am and racing begins at 9:45am. Skaters will skate a 1500-meter time trial, followed by 500-meter group sprints, and finishin with a 10km race.

Click here to find all the details.


My Pictures- Chicagoland Inline Marathon NROC/ Pro Inline Tour

Here are some of my pictures from this past weekend’s Chicagoland Inline Marathon NROC & Pro Inline Tour.

The Pro Women’s Pro Inline Tour 340-meter sprint on Friday evening

Two of the fastest- Harry Vogel & Tony Muse- I don’t know how many World Champioships medals they have between the two

My travel-mates- left to right- me, Morgane Echardour, Brock Howes, Sarah Hopkins, Jesse Pauley, Candy Wong, Morgan Williams, Jade Pauley

Lining up for the start of the 3.2km time trial on Saturday morning

Sophia Buckaloo

Will Bowen

Morgane Echardour set the best time of all women in the time trial

Candy Wong

Meeting before the start of the advanced 10km race

Skaters are ready for the 10km advanced

Lenny Wilcox giving the thumbs-up

Advanced 10km

The media was out covering the event- Shana Isle & Thong Nguyen

Herb Gayle

Pro Women lined up for the 10km criterium of the Pro Inline Tour

Pro Women’s 10km criterium of the Pro Inline Tour

Norm Kirby (left in yellow) and Tony Muse (right in yellow) leading the Pro Master & Veteran Men’s 10km race

Pro Master & Veteran Men’s 10km race

Harry Vogel looks back after winning the first point in the Pro Men’s 10km criterium. Yep, that’s me in 2nd (in white) claiming 2nd place points. Harry Vogel was dominant in this race, winning the race and all but one points.

Jorge Botero (left) and David Sarmiento

Morgan Williams and Jim White

Start of the Pro Women’s marathon

Start of the Pro Men’s marathon

Start of the Pro Men’s marathon

Start of the Pro Master & Veteran Men’s marathon

Pro Master & Veteran Men coming through for their first of 3 laps for the marathon

Pro Men coming through for their first of 3 laps for the marathon

Pro Women sprinting for one of the points during the marathon

Pro Men’s winning break- Jorge Botero leading me and Harry Vogel

Pro Men’s chase pack

Pro Master & Veteran Men coming through the marathon finish

Pro Men’s chase pack coming through the finish

Pro Women’s marathon finish

Pro Women marathon top-5

Pro Master Men marathon top-3

Cale Carvell

Pro Master & Veteran Women marathon top-3

Pro Veteran Men marathon top-5


Videos- Chicagoland Inline Marathon NROC/ Pro Inline Tour- From Hoffmonster

Check out Hoffmonster’s videos to find lots of videos from the Chicagoland Inline Marathon NROC and Pro Inline Tour. You’ll see lots of finishes, packs zooming by, points races, and more.


Results- Chicagoland Inline Marathon NROC/ Pro Inline Tour

You can use these links to find results from the Chicagoland Inline Marathon NROC/ Pro Inline Tour-


Pictures- Chicagoland Inline Marathon NROC/ Pro Inline Tour- From Tom Dell’Aringa

Tom Dell’Aringa shared some pictures from this weekend’s Chicagoland Inline Marathon NROC and Pro Inline Tour.

Photo from Tom Dell’Aringa

Photo from Tom Dell’Aringa

Reports- Chicagoland Inline Marathon NROC/ Pro Inline Tour- From Hoffmonster, Inline Planet, Candy Wong

Thanks to the Inline Planet and the Inline Planet Skater Network, you can find a few reports from Sunday’s Chicagoland Inline Marathon NROC-

What I enjoy most about multiple race events is that there are lots of opportunities to socialize with fellow skaters. Between the Saturday morning races and the marathon on Sunday, there were lots of free time. On one hand, I knew that I had to take it easy and stay prepared for the marquee race the next day. On the other hand, it was tempting to have some fun in Chicago.

2 pm: Recap: Big day for Powerslide. Jorge Botero wins the open pro men’s division; Briana Kramer wins the open pro women’s division. That puts them both in first place in their respective NROC divisions.

Details of the master and veterans races have been sketchy so far.

One thing seems clear: The Chicagoland Inline Marathon and the Keep Fit America Skate Tour were a big hit with skaters. Apparently, about 500 skaters participated … at least at last count.

12:55 pm: Post-race interview with Briana Kramer: Powerslide’s Briana Kramer said she used the mid-race sprints to help gauge the competition and devise a winning strategy.

This is a fantastic event, that I will be at again next year. There were a few bumps, but nothing that I would really get worked up over.
Put this one on your calendar.. it’s getting bigger, and bigger.
I made a point to thank every volunteer I came into contact with. without them, the event would not been nearly as good as it was.
Thank you Team Rainbo, and Peter S. for putting on a great event!!

Photo by Thong Nguyen

Photo by Thong Nguyen


Duo Burn Up Roller Skating Track

Doucet and Echardour won’t be passing up any medals by staying home. While Canadian skaters are as dedicated and passionate about the sport as athletes from other countries, the coaching just isn’t available here. While he’s tops here, Doucet says he’s “middle of the pack” in international competition.

Read more here; Duo burn up roller skating track.


Pictures- USA Indoor Championships- From Michele McConnell

Michele McConnell shared a few photo albums from last week’s USA Indoor Championships-

You can find more pictures here;

Photo from Michele McConnell

Photo from Michele McConnell

Photo from spdsk8n

Photo from spdsk8n

Photo from spdsk8n

Photo from spdsk8n

Claudia Pechstein Contesting Suspension

According to SkatingOnline‘s article Claudia Pechstein vecht haar schorsing aan bij het CAS en wil via een spoedarbitrage afdwingen dat ze weer in teamverband mag trainen, Germany’s Claudia Pechstein, who recently was tested for blood doping, is denying that she used blood doping and is contesting her suspension.

Until her case is reviewed in September, the suspension denies Pechstein’s access to training with the national team.

The following text is translated using Babel Fish

Pechstein deny have used blood doping and its suspension have contested at the CAS. THE CAS treat that profession in the autumn of this year. Pechstein and its lawyer believe Simon Bergmann however that cannot train irreparable delay in team link causes in an Olympic season. The aim of emergency arbitration thus the enforcement of suspending prohibition in team link to that train the CAS a definite pronouncement has been done.