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Results, Reports, Pictures, Videos- Minnesota Half Marathon & NROC 10K Championship

The Minnesota Half Marathon & NROC 10K Championship were held this past weekend. You can use the links below to access results, reports,  pictures, videos, and pictures-

Dave Sarmiento was a tenth of a second behind first place Jose Botero’s 34:53.6. Both pros bolted through the course like a couple of overcaffeinated hyenas chasing down an impala for breakfeast. They stretched almost a minute between them and the rest of the pack before Rob Bell, Tyler McGinnis and Matt Meyer each caught up and stole a limb from the carcass. You could hear them laughing and growling all the way to the picnic tables.

Break out the Geritol. Morgan Williams (37:53.0) took first in the geriatric crowd. The next to reach the nursing home was Herb Gayle followed by Twiggs, Johnson and the Old Man himself, Cale Carvell. All of them were beating each other with canes to get across the finish first.

Last Saturday I raced in the inaugural Minnesota Half Marathon in St Paul. It was my second girls-only race of this season and it couldn’t be more different than the experience at Chicagoland Inline Marathon.

Photo from Tour de Photo

Photo from Tour de Photo

Photo from Tour de Photo

Photo from Tour de Photo

Results- Skateday Bayern Inline Cup

Click here for the results from the Skateday Bayern Inline Cup.


Results, Report, Pictures- Inline One-Eleven

The Inline One-Eleven was held over the weekend. Argentina’s Ruben Martinez & Tamara Llorens were the top finishers.

Click here for results. You can find reports here; Inline 111km St Gallen Switzerland.

You can find pictures from Quartier Zopf Online here.

What an amazing effort from Rueben, to be honest I saw him take off and thought it was too early, but it turned out to be an inpsired move and we didn’t see him again till a couple of hours later at the finish line! A brave and strong attack and a truly deserved victory. Congrats Rueben!


Photo from Quartier Zopf Online

Photo from Quartier Zopf Online

Photo from Quartier Zopf Online

Photo from Quartier Zopf Online

Photo from Quartier Zopf Online

Photo from Quartier Zopf Online

Photo from Quartier Zopf Online

New Zealand & Australia At 2009 World Roller Speed Skating Championships

MundoPatin shared New Zealand’s line-up for this September’s World Roller Speed Skating Championships taking place in China. You can also view New Zealand’s roster here.

Click here to see who will represent Australia.

Bill Begg shared his thoughts on the New Zealand & Australian teams.

Australia looks to have a solid team, if all are on Form, lets hope the Finster brothers can keep out of Hospital, after the last two Worlds, Mick Bryne has decided to opt for preparing for Worlds in Australia & Daniel Greig will test everything thats waiting for him & senior medals are well within his reach.

New Zealand has not the surety around if of recent years, no Shane Dobbin a 4 x World Champion & Current Marathon Champion, a very big blow for the Kiwi team, Kalon Dobbin has stuggled this season with Injuries & the World Games, did not bring any joy.

And for your enjoyment, click here for videos from 500-meter track races from the Spain World Roller Speed Skating Championships.


Nicole Begg- Goodbye Hong Kong Hello China

Read more of Nicole Begg’s latest here; Goodbye Hong Kong Hello China.

There has been a lot of rain in Asia recently so I will be happy to be able to train in an undercover facility and at normal hours. While I’ve been in Hong Kong and training with the Checker Sports club training usually only starts after 11pm and in the dark. Unfortunately they don’t have a facility specifically for speed skating so they have till wait until the lights are switched of at the basketball/soccer courts and everyone goes home which is usually around 11.15pm.

Live Breathe Skate- This Bud’s for You

Live Breathe Skate shared a neat little entry; This Bud’s for You

In the last few days I’ve heard a lot of “soldier” stories, many more than usual. I wanted to take a moment to recognize the the commitment that many skaters have to their sport and to themselves. Even though they may not compete for podium positions, ever be mentioned when guessing who the next champ will be, or chase an Olympic dream, their passion for our sport is just as salient.

Sometimes I think I have it tough, but in the larger view, everyone has it tough, in one way or another, and for each person, their personal battles will always be more intense to them.


Pascal Briand- Running Sprints, Rest Day At The Beach, & Bike Crash

Here are Pascal Briand’s three latest entries;

donc ce matin je faisais un travail a pieds pour retrouver mon depart des grandes années…je commence par des educatifs d’athletismes pour developper mon “pied” c’est a dire ma qualite d’appui au sol et renforcer les chevilles. ensuite des series de 10 20 30 40 30 20 10m progressivement accelerer …et enfin 3 departs arretes en duel contre le fameu thomas boucher.

so as u can see i crash this morning on the bike during a sprint…i broke my chains…F*** so i crash on the left side. burn in many small different place, incredible i didnt get more…really lucky in some ways. the frame is destroyed, carbon broke in the higher tube…was 2 weeks new…good job man…other pieces looks older now but still work.


Website Redesign For Schankel Canada

Check out Schankel Canada‘s redesigned website.


Gyro Walkyrie Wheel Review- From Roller En Ligne

Roller En Ligne shared a review of the Gyro Walkyrie wheels.


Discussions On Roller & Inline Speed Skating’s Unsuccessful Olympic Bid Continue

There is good discussion about roller & inline speed skating’s failed Olympic inclusion in the following topics-

You can also read more here A SAD DAY FOR THE WORLD OF ROLLERSPORTS…...

Wow, such negativity pertaining to golf. I’m going to defend it’s appeal for a moment, and I do so as an avid golfer, and and avid skater. I’m pretty good @ both. So I have a perspective that seems to be in the minority here.

We did not make the public aware of our “Awesome Rollersports”. We have to take a deep look at this and to look, listen, learn and plan our future. NOT run and jump to ice. If all of us run and jump to ice, then you can forget our great sport and watch it fade away. I have seen a decline in all that we stand for here in the USA and have seen a decline in the way we think of competitions. If we don’t start supporting the movement, then we can kiss our Rollersports away!

I believe that with the proper support and love, we can still succeed and one day see the Olympics and more. Please do not give up and do not forget the sport that we have all loved and have supported for the years past. Stay strong and let’s build and learn from this experience we have had with this Olympic push. Train hard, and show the world what they are missing!

Pictures- Biel Swiss/ World Inline Cup- From AlphaOmega Publishing

Click here for AlphaOmega Publishing’s pictures (20 pages) from the recent Biel Swiss/ World Inline Cup.


Morgane Echardour- Everything You Wanted To Know- From Road Rash Chronicles

Road Rash Chronicles shared an interview with Morgane Echardour- Everything you wanted to know…. Morgane Echardour

7. What other skater has an attribute you would love to possess? What is it?

Technique,technique, technique! I love Korean skaters, I could watch them for days they’re so fluid. I look like an elephant skating beside them!!!!

19. Do you think you have a reputation? Good or bad?

I don’t know what people think about me. Do I care?…Not really I am not skating for what people think of me but because I love it. I like to think that people see me as a fair skater other than that I don’t really care.

20. What is your most embarrassing skating moment?

Probably when I was 7 I started Figure Skating and at our end of the year show instead of following the routine I just decided to race to the front dressed as a pigeon. I still remember the crowd laughing but I guess it’s because it was cute. Since then I switched to speed skating.


Information Needed On WIC Events

Information needed on WIC events

1. What are the categories and their requirements? I know this goes by age, sex, and by distance run (like 300m, 1000, and so on)
2. What are the fees and what do they include? Is it admition only or there are other things included in fees like hotel rooms?
3. Where do you pay fees if any?
4. When do you pay the fees right before the races or there is a deadline?
5. When the season starts and when does it ends?
6. Where are the races and what are their dates and schedule?
7. What is the most important race? I mean by that the one that can crown you “World Champion!”
8. What are the rules of the trade, regulations?
9. And finally the question that I’m really confused with is this: I see teams racing with the names of their countries, like the USA team, or the New Zealand team, does that means that the teams wearing their countries name own exclusively the right to wear their nation’s name? What if there are 2 or more teams from the same country who gets to be the one representing it?

Happy Birthday Bill Begg

Happy Birthday Bill

I tend to forget my birthdays now days & good to see some nice words from you all!

My aim now is to see the Asianic Inline Cup develope into a Super competition & lead our Family & partners to develope the Begg Skating Academy, focused with bringing coaching to an International certified level, we are going to show the Olympic Guys, how stupid their decision was & is angered & livened me up, just like Jeds water Bomb onto the table with Me & Anne & the Brute, did he jump in to life LOL, I stiff laugh, one of the cleverest water Bombings in History.

I am going to lead the way to show them our great sport, they have only made my resolve stronger, but I need to be talking & dealing with the IOC people.

At Present in Shanghai for the World Slalom Skating champs, sponsored by my associates & the Chinese Federation, then I will go to Haining for the World Speed champs, Nicole is there now & Cheryl will Join me soon.