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Pictures- North Of The 49th Marathon (Winnipeg)- From Randall Plett

InlineSkateMpls shared Randall Plett’s pictures from this past weekend’s North of the 49th Marathon held in Winnipeg.

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Christophe Audoire- ‘Nihao’ From The Roller Speed Skating Championships In China

Christophe Audoire, coach of the Chinese roller speed skating team, shared his thoughts on the atmosphere building up in China for the World Roller Speed Skating Championships; HAINING : DANS L’AMBIANCE D’AVANT CHAMPIONNAT DU MONDE

Christophe Audoire, entraîneur de l’équipe nationale chinoise de roller de vitesse, a posé ses bagages pour quelques mois pour amener les patineurs au plus haut niveau. A l’approche du championnat du Monde de vitesse qui va avoir lieu à Haining, Christophe nous plonge dans l’atmosphère des lieux…

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Top Ten Reasons To Skate Ottawa

Check out the Top Ten Reasons to Skate Ottawa.

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The Collins Report: North of the 49th Inline Marathon

The most recent always entertaining & accurate Collins report is online- The Collins Report: North of the 49th Inline Marathon

Martha, Sue and Becky showed the true meaning of teamwork and decided to cross the finish line arm in arm, but then at the last minute they strong-armed each other in a fight for the prize money. It turned into a massive cat fight in a cloud of dust with fur flying every direction. Martha’s mud wrestling courses finally paid off and she crossed the line first.

Dave “The Caveman” Swan almost had a near death experience on his drive to the race. He was nearly attacked by Sasquatch when he pulled over to use a tree. The always-frugal Dave hadn’t showered in a few days, was looking quite disheveled with flies buzzing around his head and was looking his Caveman best.

43 Nations Confirmed For World Roller Speed Skating Championships

According to MundoPatin, 43 nations have confirmed their entries for this months World Roller Speed Skating Championships.

The following is part of the article translated using Babel Fish

In the last week they have confirmed a great number of countries where Germany, Austria, China Taipei, South Korea, Ecuador, Guatemala, Holland, Hong Kong, England, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Czech Republic and Switzerland, have been those that they have presented its skaters pointed for the competitions of China.

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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

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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Marathon Course & Host City- 2009 World Roller Speed Skating Championships

The thread WORLD CHAMPS HAINING 2009 contains Bill Begg’s description of the marathon course and of Haining- host city of the upcoming 2009 World Roller Speed Skating Championships-

The road circuit is about to be layed today, the Chinese have training scheduled for Monday on the road & it appears they will be on the money.

The Marathon course is about 5 km a circuit, no need to get lost hunting for it, one end of it goes past where the Bank Track is & the road circuit is in in the centre of the the marathon track, so all very close together in this small Chinese city of around 600,000 population, virtually no one speaks English.

I went around the Marathon cource today, with officials from Haining Organization & the Police, noting where any little patch up Jobs will be required.

Its a Rectangular course 2 sides about 1.5 Km & the other two about 1 km, at least 3 lanes wide.

So In Colombia we had the win behind the motorbike, as the wrong skater got on it first.

In Spain we had the grabfest at the last Roundabout, the same Nation getting gold each time, by totally unnaceptable actions & no action by judges.

These corners are big & open & its a least a 600 meter straight Joey Mantia or Luca Saggioratto run to the finish.

So lets hope no ugly cheating at this years marathon.

The road circuit is all prepared & about to be laid, with the tar sealer all ready appied to the stone base cemented to keep it firm & not loose & dusty.

It is a very nice looking circuit around 400 meters in length by the look of it.

Anywhere else in the World this late people would be worried, but with an army of workers, anything can be transformed within a day.

I am predicting a great Championships here in Haining in this quiet City of 600,000 people, the locals call it a tiny city, but to New Zealand standards, it is virtually double the size in population of our 2nd biggest Cities.

The people are very friendly, but only about 1 in every 200 speak any English, the city is full of Bicycle Richshaws, I paid the poor women who had to pedal me up a little hill, over a bridge 15 Rnb for a 8 RNb ride, thats about $3 New Zealand.

Now the bigger Vechicles & the Horns rule, but its not to tell you to get out of the road, its mainly to let you know they are there, in the constant game of Dodgems, but like everywhere in China Pedestrian crossings mean nothing, do not be Niave enough to think, that as you are on a crossing with a green light, as you are not. you look both ways 3 times then go, so you never get a clean run, its usually only half way accross at a time.

For you English speaking people & decendants, I was told by a couple of foreingners I bumped into that the Oasis Bar, Sports, Bar & Grill, Cangi River Street was a reasonable quiet place to go, with a great atmosphere for foreigners & an Aussie owned the Bar.

Well a free Pool table in the bar, lots of lovely young ladies circulating & organizing the drinks, this American who had a small table Keg in front of him, that he had just refilled seemed to know his way around, he told me if you want to learn Chinese, you play this Dice game, the problem is, that if you get it wrong, you have to skull your drink , so him and the other two reserves who kept changing saw off a couple of Kegs & 12 Steinlargers later I walked out of the Oasis.

Well the next day the owner arrived at the skating rink with half the staff & his wife, they said they also had lovely Western Food, well they were right there, as their Bacon Cheese & Egg Burger, with some salad & chips was great & honestly one of the nicest burgers I have ever tried, so will full on top steak, Pizzas & Toasted Sandwiches, we can all feel at home.

Great news for English Dinning Legend Vincent Henry, alias Prince of Belair, The Fresh Prince, Mr Kentucky, Mr McDonald & Chicken & Chips, they also have a Chicken Burger on the Menue! So two Kentucky frieds in Haining, plenty of Fried Chicken shops & one opposite our Hotel, that is open till 2am usually, with Chicken Burgers & Chips, plus pick your own barbacue skewers, with everything to select from.

So find your way around, its an interesting city, with the biggest difference, nearly half the middle age female population drive these battery operated Motor Scotters, cost about $350 USA in Shanghai.

Inline Planet Skate Tip- How To Prepare For An Ultra-marathon

The newest Inline Planet Skate Tip is Francisco Ramirez’ How to Prepare for an Ultra-marathon

Like a lot of skaters, I used to think ultra-marathons were for crazies. I couldn’t understand why anyone in their right mind would submit to these ordeals: battling exhaustion, fatigue, dehydration, muscle cramps, sore feet and the elements for three-plus hours.

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Article- Chaz Im Wins Advanced Division At Chicagoland Marathon

Skating has come naturally to Im since he took up the sport four years ago at the request of his father, Taye, though only as a means of support for Chaz’s younger brother. That brother is now playing golf, but Chaz’s instincts on the track have kept him ambitious and competitive, even against opponents with more muscle or experience.

Read the full article here; Oswego teen wins skating marathon.

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You Can Help Create The ‘Top 10 Reasons To Skate Ottawa’ List

The Ottawa Inline Skating Festival is less than two weeks away! (Sept. 6th)

So in the interest of making it a big success, please help with our Top 10 List of Reasons to Skate Ottawa.

I’ve never been to Ottawa so I’m going to need help!

Read more here; Top 10 Reasons to Skate Ottawa.

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Report- Speedlager Cup- Wedel

PatinCarrera published a report on the Wedel Speedlager Cup.

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Results & Pictures- Linthmarathon

Click here for the results from this past Saturday’s Linthmarathon in Switzerland.

You can find Quartier Zopf Online’s pictures here.

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Results- Speedlager Cup- Wedel

Click here for results from the Speedlager Cup held in Wedel.

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Portugal’s Team For The 2009 World Roller Speed Skating Championships

Terrinha Speed Skater shared team Portugal’s line-up for the China 2009 World Roller Speed Skating Championships.

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NROC Standings Updated After Minnesota

NROC Standings have been updated with results from this past weekend’s Minnesota Half Marathon & NROC 10K Championship.

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Report & Results- Oberwart Austrian Inline Cup

Click here for results and here for a report from the most recent Austrian Inline Cup held in Oberwart.

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Report- Tartu Marathon- From PatinCarrera

PatinCarrera shared a report with resutls from Estonia’s Tartu Marathon.

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KNSB’s 2009-2010 Long Track Speed Skating Calendar

KNSB shared a 2009-2010 long track speed skating events calendar.

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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.

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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?

Pictures- European Roller Speed Skating Championships- From Pattinaggio Bellusco

Pattinaggio Bellusco shared many really nice pictures from the recent European Roller Speed Skating Championships. Use the links that follow-

More galleries;

Seconda giornata su pista in quattrocentosessantotto fotografie nelle raccolte: FGHIL

La prima giornata su pista in trecentoquaranta (grazie all’hot finger di Daria) fotografie nelle raccolte: BCDE

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Photo from Pattinaggio Bellusco

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Photo from Pattinaggio Bellusco

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Photo from Pattinaggio Bellusco

Report & Pictures- Tartu Marathon

Inline Team Nordic Fox shared a report & pictures on the Tartu Marathon.

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Video- Biel Swiss/ World Inline Cup- From Videosport67

Check out this video from this past weekend’s Swiss/ World Inline Cup held in Biel, Switzerland- Swiss/World Inline cup 2009 Biel/Bienne.

It includes footage from the kids races and the top racers & their finish.

Video- Crash At Biel Swiss/ World Inline Cup- From Skate-tv.de

Check out Skate-tv.de’s video from the Biel Swiss/ World Inline Cup.

I’m still trying to figure out what hapenned in that crash.

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Bart Swings & The Belgians Coming Strong

Belgium posted good results at the recent European Roller Speed Skating Championships- see EK09 Road Wrap: Rise of the Belgians for more.

One of Belgium’s most successful athletes at the European Championships was first-year senior skater Bart Swings. You can read about his success at the competition- Bart Swings talks about his thrilling victories. Here the interivew in French- INTERVIEW : LES CHAMPIONNATS D’EUROPE 2009 DE BART SWINGS.

“Yes, it has been amazing. Of course I didn’t expect to win 5 golden medals in the first senior championship I skated. I knew though, that I had good chances of winning medals. But winning the first distance, the 1,000 meters, right away, meant a lot. It gave me the confidence to win the other 4 also.”

Click here to view a collection of photos featuring skaters from Belgian & CadoMotus competing at the European Championships.

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Rosters (Colombia, Spain, France, Belgium) For 2009 World Roller Speed Skating Championships, Looking To Venezuela 2010

You can expect more news in anticipation of the upcoming World Roller Speed Skating Championships in China.

The following links name a number of national team line-ups;

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Belgium’s Wouter Hebbrecht shared a blog entry about the World Championships- Wouter Hebbrecht- On the way to Worlds in China

Out of my personal experience I can tell you that even if you reached the biggest achievement of them all (that would be world champion in our sport), you should always look for a way to get even better if you want to win again and again. That’s another reason our sport is such a great one! Always teaching us there is more to it than just skating as hard as you can! I know if you take a rest your competitor will be out there working hard and that may very well make the difference this coming September!

Venezuela is hosting the 2010 World Roller Speed Skating Championships. You can find a preview here; Mondial 2010 : direction le Venezuela.

Le Comité International Course (CIC) vient d’annoncer (le 6 août) sur son site que le Venezuela accueillera les championnats du monde 2010 de vitesse.

Après avoir vérifié les candidats organisateurs pour le mondial 2010 le CIC a désigné la ville de Barquisimeto, au Venezuela, en tant que ville hôte de la compétition 2010.

European Roller Speed Skating Championships Wrapped Up

The European Roller Speed Skating Championships concluded on Saturday with the marathon races.

Now that the competition is over, you can use the links below to piece together and get a glimpse into what happened-

First of all, here are compilations of links that I shared-

And here are links for you;

Resources

Results

Pictures

Reports

Videos

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Photo from Bildimpressionen.de, by Uwe Ziedler