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Pictures & Report- Winnipeg’s North Of The 49th Marathon- From Herb Gayle

Herb Gayle sent me a report with pictures & results from this past weekend’s North Of The 49th Marathon held in Winnipeg-

I went to Winnipeg on August 29-30 to support Randy Plett’s wonderful inline event titled: North of 49th. Mike Anderson (Bont) took top honours, Stephane Tremblay 2nd (Ilpeloton), Benoit Letourneau 3rd (Ilpeloton), Conrade Thomas 4th (my Aloe Up team-mate); I got dropped from the leaders with one lap to go and was caught by a large chase pack.

Skating in a large pack is much easier than skating alone in a marathon, however since it was the last lap, skaters were moving within the pack for better positioning. I tried to avoid getting trapped near the back when it was time for the battle. You could feel the adrenalin building as skaters anticipated the inevitable field sprint. Dave Lawler was up front, but he was reluctant to initiate the sprint since we still some distance to the finish line. Moments later, Tim Turner lead out the sprint and I was third of fourth in the peloton, then I heard someone moving up on the left, so I moved around the skater in front of me on the right side. The sprint battle was in full force with legs, skates and arms flying which seemed like a long journey slightly uphill to the finish. My Aloe Up Team-mate Conrade Thomas saw the action and he said I had a crazy look on my face as I was coming in ahead of the pack to claim 5th place overall.

The top overall women were Martha Flynn-Kauth 1st, Sue Welch 2nd, Becky Maus 3rd, [Lorraine Plett 4th and  Ann Vanbellinger 5th].

An added bonus this year was having a Porsche sport car as the official pace vehicle, thanks to Greg Carrigan and his friends at a local car dealership which were one of the race sponsors. A few lucky skaters got a chance to test drive the Porsche (in the parking lot) after the race.

I highly recommend you come out to the North of 49th and bring two friends…it is a terrific inline race on a very smooth course; kindly tell all your friends to come out to Winnipeg next year on August 29, 2010.

Herb

Video- Part 2- Eddy Matzger Skates The Highest Paved Road In the World

Here’s a cool video from Eddy Matzger- Eddy Matzger Skates the Highest Paved Road in the World. It’s pretty wild- check out the dancing man at 3:40!

The Hell Of The North- By Frank Fiers

The following is Frank Fiers’ account of the 100km race in Hallum- The Hell of the North, by Frank Fiers

“Another breakaway was launched that again we missed, and this one is serious. After 55km my team mates again put themselves in the lead and Pieter-Jan van Eck, after pushing the pace up beyond 50km/h for a long while, eliminates 80% of the pack and decreases the gap to the breakaway – until only seconds separated us. Normally, I would have jumped towards the leaders, but in my head spins the thought that if I want to win this race with these legs, I have to be very careful where I spend my energy.”

“A lot of emotions are flooding through me. How incredible, that we all find this the most beautiful race of the season, just as everybody is completely used-up. We struggle to the finish line. I realize, being 38 years old and starting with this great level of fitness as I did this time, that this was probably one of my last chances to win this race again. The euphoric moment of the regroup of the pack just 10k before the finish line became a devastating feeling. It is an intense moment as the race draws to a close, filled with feelings I know I may not experience again.”

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Joey Mantia- Not Meant To Offend

… Ultimately, your highest sports goals are where you want to end up in the long run… for competitors these include things like: winning regionals, winning nationals, placing at worlds, winning worlds, etc. For those who do skating for fitness and for fun, the goals will often not be result oriented; things like: lose 5 lbs, skate 10 miles without stopping, etc. If your long term goal isn’t to achieve a certain placement eventually, then most of the things in my blog don’t really apply to your situation; you’re just skating because you like it and you’re having fun doing it… and there is nothing wrong with that. If your goals in skating are to be the best liked athlete and be a good sport, then these are a lot less like sport goals and a little more like humanitarian goals.

Read Joey Mantia’s entire latest entry here; Not Meant To Offend.

OISC Story In The Ottawa Citizen

OISC Story in the Ottawa Citizen

Although (in my opinion) poorly written, here is the article that details the upcoming Inline Festival. It was featured in the local newspaper here in Ottawa. It is too bad the focus is on “elite” skaters as we are trying our hardest to attract as many rec skaters as possible. Oh well.

It was the “swoosh, swoosh” sound that lured Kim Brennan to competitive inline skating.

That’s the sound a peloton, or group, of inline skaters make as they race, taking each stride in sync.

“I could hear them coming,” said Brennan, 34, who was then a recreational skater. “As soon as I saw that, I thought that is neat.”

Now, roughly five years later, the financial analyst is treasurer of the Ottawa Inline Skating Club and has clocked a marathon on wheels in under an hour and half.

Results- Rollers Diepenbeeck

Click here for the results from the recent Rollers Diepenbeeck.

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Results- Sierpniowy Marathon (Poland)

Click here for results from Poland’s Sierpniowy Marathon. You can find more information on the event here.

Womens:
1) LLORENS TAMARA / BONT WHEELS TEAM
2) MARTINEZ KELLY / BONT WHEELS TEAM
3) VIVAS ALEXANDRA / BONT WHEELS TEAM

Mens:
1) ROSERO CALAD DIEGO / ROLLERBLADE WORLD
2) TRINAROLI GUILLERMO / BONT ENDURENCE TEAM
3) WILKING VICTOR / EXPERT RACE TEAM

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