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Report & Pictures- Day 1- Canadian Roller Speed Skating Championships

The 2009 Canadian Roller Speed Skating Championships are now under way in Toronto.

The two day competition, which features skaters from Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec, started early this morning and concludes Sunday afternoon.

Skaters were treated to beautiful clear skies. This was off-set by very strong winds, which had a negative impact on times skated.

Freshmen & Primary Skaters Set Records
Despite the strong wind, Bailin Xie (OISC- Ottawa) and Adrian Sanchez (TISC- Toronto) skated to new records in their 1500-meter races. Xavier Charron (VRL- Quebec) set the natinal record in the 600-meter Primary Boys race. The record setting trio, along with how their fellow age-group competitors skated, are welcome breath of fresh air as they will eventually fill the junior categories.

Junior Skaters Move Up To Senior
Four junior world class men were slated to race today, but with two no-shows, Calgary club-mates Brett Leavens and Chris D’Mello opted to challenge up to the senior world class men’s division.

Doucet (that’s me) Wings All 3 Senior World Class Men’s Races
Changing categories ended working in Brett Leavens’ favour; the 15- year old ended up finishing 2nd in the senior world class men’s 10km points/ elimination race. He joined me for a long break from the lead group. The break lasted through to the finish of the race. I won the race, with Leavens coming 2nd, and Alex D’Mello securing points early on and the single point for 3rd at the end. Montreal’s Marc Joubert and Stephan Charron completed the top-5.

I ended up coming 3-for-3, with wins in the 300-meters, 10km points/ elimination, and1000-meter races. With extremely strong winds, Travis Shaw was the only skater to break the 28-second barrier in the heats. For the 300-meter finals, strong winds added heaps of time to the finishing times; I won the final in a time of 29.23 seconds. Jade Pauley finished 2nd, with .06 between him and I.

The 1000-meter race featured plenty of drama; with only two heats taking place, the winner of each heat plus the next 4 fastest time would qualify for the final. The first heat (which I won) was mis-timed. The officials opted to re-skate both heats, to be as fair as possible to all skaters. Jade Pauley just managed to win the second heat , but upon learning that his heat would also be re-skated, had words with officials and was disqualified from the 1000-meters.

Once both heats were re-skated, the final took place. In the final, Brett Leavens drove the pace early on. With 400+ meters to go, I accelerated on the outside and opened up a lead that was big enough for me to win the race unchallenged. Jesse Pauley finished in 2nd place.

Senior World Class Women’s Racing- 1- Sarah Hopkins, 2-Morgane Echardour, 3- Dominique Lalonde
The senior world class women treated the crowd to the exact same finishing order in all 3 races; 1- Sarah Hopkins, 2- Morgane Echardour, 3- Dominique Lalonde.

Don’t get me wrong, despite the results, the races were hard fought and these girls put everything on the line. Hopkins, who earlier in the day took the 300-meter time trial in a time in the high 30’s, won the 10km points/ elimination race by the smallest margin; 1 point.

Morgane Echardour led the early stages of the 1000-meter race. On the last lap, Sarah Hopkins charged up the outside of the straightaway, taking advantage of the wind conditions and shooting by Echardour to take the win.

Racing resumes early tomorrow morning.

Video With Leaders (RPM Polo & Bont Enduro) At The Mans 24 Hours

Check out this video with the lead team includig RPM Polo & Bont Enduro at last weekend’s Mans 24 Hours.

I must admit that the map at the top right-hand side- like in car racing games so that you know where you and the other racers are on the race course- is a nice litte touch.

Après un tour avec l’équipe féminine Sarthe Loops Racing, ReL vous propose de retrouver les deux équipes leader de l’épreuve : RPM Poli et Bont. Le tour que nous vous présentons ici n’est pas le plus rapide, mais il offre une bonne vue du circuit. Les derniers hectomètres où Bont essaient de décrocher Pascal Briand sont intéressants à voir. On note le brutal changement de vitesse…

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Pictures RPM Poli Winning The Mans 24 Hours

To view a few pictures of the Mans 24 Hours winning team, check out Powerslide/Matter winning in Le Mans.

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Photo from here

Videos- USA Outdoor Nationals- Track Days 1-3

Wouter Hebbrecht shared videos of Sara Hebbrecht’s & Erin Jackson’s 300-meter sprint USA records- view them here; US Outdoor Nationals results. You can view more videos here; Video’s 500m ODN and also here; US Outdoor Nationals results Day 2.

Under the results I added some video of Sara and Erin, probably the two most amazing skaters out there today and some pictures (sorry picture quality isn’t that great but it will still do).

You can find tons of videos from the USA Outdoor Nationals thanks to Milpitasspeed’s blog

I embeded a few of the videos;

More Articles On Colombia’s Worlds Selection

Here are a few more article with pictures from Colombia’s 2009 World Championships Selection-

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Jenny Serano- photo from Patin Colombia

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Elizabeth Arnedo- photo from Patin Colombia

Skater-Nurse Rolls Out Foundation for Inline Safety

The non-profit will promote inline skate safety through outreach and advertising aimed at innoculating skaters with a four-part safe-skating checklist:

Check. Wear. Watch. Warn.

The foundation’s efforts will include handing out safety cards on trails and at skate events and promoting skate safety on the foundation’s web site.

Read more here;  Skater-Nurse Rolls Out Foundation for Inline Safety.

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Ask Bill Begg! Skate Bearings

If you’re in the market for bearings, there’s a lot to consider. These days, everybody makes a big deal about ABEC rating and wants ABEC 7s or better. But as far as I’m concerned, one of the most important things to consider is where the bearings are made. Bearings are a precision product, which need to be made with great attention to detail. That’s why I prefer bearings made in Switzerland or Germany, countries with reputations for precision manufacturing.

Buying bearings nowadays is a bit of a lottery. Some of the so-called “top” names don’t always perform as advertised. As a result, it’s hard for me to offer any firm recommendations.

Read more from Bill Begg here; Bearing Down on Skate Bearings.

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Hiking Up Buffalo Mountain With Eddy Matzger

Hike up Buffalo Mountain

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Photo from Nadine

Photos- Four New Photo Albums In June From Asco Concorezzo

The Galleria pubblica di Asco Concorezzo features four recent photo albums;

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Photo from Galleria pubblica di Asco Concorezzo

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Photo from Galleria pubblica di Asco Concorezzo

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Photo from Galleria pubblica di Asco Concorezzo

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Photo from Galleria pubblica di Asco Concorezzo

Ellis Edge Newslettery- July 2009 Edition

Check out the Ellis Edge Newslettery July 2009 edition, featuring the tip Off Ice Training with Straps

One of the keys to making technical improvements or changing bad habits is to slow things downto really FEEL what you need to feel off ice. By adding resistance to slow training you arerecruiting more muscle fiber and training them in the proper neural pathways to create theexact motion you want on the ice.

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Pictures- USA Outdoor Nationals- Podiums- From Keith

Click here to access Keith’s pictures from the USA Outdoor Nationals. Right now, there are only podium pictures in the album.

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Report & Articles- Napa Valley Inline Marathon

The Napa Valley Inline Marathon received some pretty good press- here are links to articles;

Click here to read Mr. T’s report from the Napa Valley Inline Marathon.

Sunday was gorgeous. One year ago it was chilly, but this time no problem at all with that. A beautiful and tepid morning welcomed us to the parking lot at the winery. I think I got the bronze medal for arrivals in the parking lot. I am always apprehensive about parking. Air ballons were in the air, adding extra colors to the beautiful day.

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Let’s Break The Downward Cycle In Roller Speed Skating

Its a case of Bring your Family, Bring your friends, Bring your School mates, you can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time, OH for Data sport, all the skating lovers need to react, Famous parties that used to attract numbers, are only a meek imitation.The Top Sport, Sport for All & Party had something for everyone.I have heard that many conflicting stories I done a bit of research myself. One race only.

2006 – 1,586
2007 – 1,588
2008 – 1,200
2009 – 782

But alarming is the young children we seem to have failed in this area of development

Juniors

2006 – 87
2007 – 38
2008 – 27
2009 – 17

It appears there are far to many options, with Skykes, Gigatholons & other multi sports, also lack of Enterprise, Enthusiasm.& Passion.from organizors.

The great Covered Bank track built at Weinfelden, yes the location & Zurich lock traffic do not help, but my first night back in Switzerland this was the tally, at evening training.

1 – Russian Visitor doing some racing & learning.
1 – Estonian Staying over for a couple more races.
1 – Swiss man
I – Venezuelan
1 – Swiss Kiwi.- Emily
1 – Hungarian Kiwi. – Suzi
2 – New Zealanders Nicole & Kalon.
3 – Argentinian’s.
1 – French Girl. Travelled 3 hours over & 3 hours back.
1 – Colombian.

Simply an underutilized facility. Its simply time everyone stood up & acted, to bring the sport, back to recent bygone days.

Read more of Bill Begg’s thoughts here; Reverse Cycle needed urgently in Speed Skating.