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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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Photo shared by PA

Pictures- Skating At The Salt Lake City Long Track Oval

Check out the thread Skated @ The Slc Oval !! to view pictures from Salt Lake City’s long track speed skating oval.

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Photo from 18WHEELS

USA’s 2010 Olympic Speed Skating Team Trials

In the thread Winter Olympics 2010, Jim White gave some information about USA’s 2010 Olympic speed skating team trials;

Short track: 9/8-12 in Marquette, MI
Long track: 10/21-25 in Milwaukee, 12/26-30 in Salt Lake, with World Cup races also a factor, it’s complicated (thanks, Julie)

Reports & Results- X-Race World Inline Cup (Berlin)

You can find results from the X-Race World Inline Cup, held in Berlin, in the thread X-Race in Berlin today.

After first informations from Berlin a single skater from X-Tech escaped in the last lap. Scott Arlidge tried to bring it back, but he did not get any help from the other teams. Guyader alone with Elio Cuncu did not work,. Powerslide Phusion with 5 did not take the lead at all in this situation, Rollerblade with a tired Nicolas Iten not able to chase, so the sprint of the field was only for 2nd place.

Nayib opend the sprint very early passing the complete Rollerblade line up with Powerslide Phusion behind him. Nayib won the sprint of the field easy for 2nd place in front of Kwinten Tas.(Powerslide Phusion).

1. Cecila Baena
2.Sabine Berg
3. Jana Gegner

Men results:

1. Martin Thaler, IDEEprint-X-tech 0:32:08
2. Juan Nayib Tobon, ZEPTO Skate Team 0:32:11
3. Kwinten Tas, Powerslide Phuzion World 0:32:11
4. Christian Diaz Granados, Powerslide Phuzion World 0:32:11
5. Nicolas Zamudio, Powerslide Phuzion World 0:32:12

Here’s a report; Überraschungssieger beim X-Race – Martin Thaler schleicht sich davon!!

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