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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.

Results, Report, Pictures- San Benedetto Italian Inline Powerslide Cup

The Italian Inline Powerslide Cup made its most recent stop this past weekend in San Benedetto;

Women
1- Laura Lardani
2- Simona Di Eugenio
3- Arianna Arcidiacono
4- Valentina Fede
5- Sofia D´Annibale

Men
1- Luca Saggiorato
2- Massimiliano Presti
3- Francesco Zangarini
4- Fabio Francolin
5- Matteo Amabili

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Reports- Berlin’s X Race

Here are some more reports from this past weekend’s X Race World Inline Cup held in Berlin;

Martin Thaler and Cecilia Baena are the winners of the 8th XRace’09 in Berlin. While the Colombian Baena proceeded with her string of victories, the victory of the Austrian Martin Thaler was a real surprise. Three kilometres before the finish area he wanted to do it on his own, broke away and left the top stars behind. Brilliant sunshine in Berlin, 800 participants and numerous spectators made the race, which goes over the half marathon distance and belongs to the WORLD- as well as to the GERMAN INLINE CUP series, a real success.

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Results, Report, Pictures- Sneek Open Games

The Sneek Open Games (Open wedstrijd Sneek) were held this past weekend.

An open criterium race in Sneek was held last Saturday, with good performance from CadoMotus athletes. One win, four podium spots.

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Report & Results- Fohnsdorf Austrian Inline Cup

The Fohnsdorf Austrian Inline Cup was held this past weekend-

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Report- Sierpniowy Marathon (Poland)

PatinCarrera published a report on this past weekend’s Sierpniowy Marathon held in Poland.

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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

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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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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Video- Titulares Deportivos

Check out the video Titulares Deportivos.

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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Report- Speedlager Cup- Wedel

PatinCarrera published a report on the Wedel Speedlager Cup.

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Pictures & Reprot- Tour to Tanglewood Training Bike Ride & Inline Skate

Six of us started out on the steamy morning with hundreds of cyclists and made our way out from the shop on a nice route out of town, especially if you have Police support for the left turn onto Silas Creek Parkway. Coming back is fine without support, as it’s basically gently downhill and the only major inroad along the downhill is from the left, at the ramp from I-40. It’s a T with nothing coming from the right and there’s a shoulder there that provides comfort if needed Once you get to Buchanan Street, it’s an easy level stoplight with no stress.

Read more here; Photos and Maps for Paul’s Cycling & Fitness Winston-Salem NC 2009 Tour to Tanglewood Training Bike Ride & Inline Skate.

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Results, Report (Inlcuding Collins) & Pictures- St. Michael Inline Half Marathon

The St. Michael Inline Half Marathon was held this past weekend. Here are links with reports & pictures-

They formed a straight line and jockeyed for position
In a paceline that shifted and changed in constant transition
They flashed on by with the fastest wheels and the best frames
The spectators whistled and shouted and called them names

C’mon Caveman, c’mon Clyde, C’mon Rod, Kauth and Flynn
Go Cupcake, faster Phil, lookit them wheels spin!
To the front of the paceline, over the top of the hill
Watch for the tar snakes, potholes, manholes and roadkill!

MEN

1. David Sarmiento, Adam’s Inline
2. Mike Anderson, Bont
3. Danny Frederick, Rollerblade/Midwest Skate Club
4. Andy Kotska, Aloe Up
5. James Kauth, Midwest Skate Club

WOMEN
1. Martha Flynn-Kauth, Midwest Skate Club
2. Rayna Meyer, Midwest Skate Club
3. Becky Maus, Midwest Skate Club
4. Renee Coffman, Rollerbob?
5. Sue Welch, Midwest Skate Club

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Report- Barinas, Venezuela

PatinCarrera published a report from racing in Barinas, Venezuela.

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Candy Wong- Sportsmanship- 10K NROC Championship Report

Candy Wong shared a report on the recent 10K NROC Championship- Sportsmanship

Last Sunday I raced the second part of the NROC Mid-Distance Championship, a 10k race at the John Rose Oval 400m track. I did not race well and not entirely sure how I want to write about it. As athletes, we all have good days and bad days. If you know that you try your best, obviously there is nothing to be ashamed of.

Reports, Results, Pictures- Hallum 100km Univé Holland Inline Cup

The Univé Holland Inline Cup made its most recent stop this past weekend in Hallum with a 100km race.

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Television Report- Tour De France Roller

TF1 featured the Tour de France Roller as the skaters make their way through the French Alps.

Steps you need to follow to find & watch the video;

  1. click here
  2. select ‘chapitres’ near the bottom of the video
  3. find chapter #16 and watch

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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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Barinas, Campeón De La IV Valida Nacional De Patinaje.

Barinas, campeón de la IV valida nacional de patinaje

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Report- Inline One-Eleve St-Gallen- From Roller En Ligne

Roller En Ligne shared a report from this past weekend’s Inline One-Eleve St-Gallen.

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Report- Tartu Marathon- From PatinCarrera

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

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Canada’s 2010 Olympic Short Track Speed Skating Team Selection Concluded

Canada’s 2010 Olympic Short Track Speed Skating Team trials are now completed.

Patinage De Vitesse Courte Piste shared lots of results, reports, and articles- click here for site’s most recent archive.

Liam McFarlane wrote the following entry; Goodbye Vancouver…

Anyways, after racing today my teammates and I took a well deserved trip to the beach for a few hours or R and R. I’ve just returned from a party that Red Bull put on for us at their private lounge downtown but now looking forward to returning to Alberta and spending some quality time with my family! Try and make up for the last 3 years of missed vacations and holidays when I was out competing and/or training.

The following is from Bell Short Track Team Selection concludes with the 1000m race.

Today’s 1000m race put an end to the Bell Short Track Team Selection event that has been taking place at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver since August 9th. Anne Maltais (Québec, QC) and Guillaume Bastille (Rivière-du-Loup, QC) won the finals, but those results do not have much of an impact on the nominations that will be made for Canada’s short track Olympic team.

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Report- Inside View From The Inline One-Eleve St-Gallen

Click here to read Cheryl Begg’s account, via Bill Begg, of this past weekend’s Inline One-Eleve St-Gallen-

Finally changed Shanghai Hotels & got an Internet that does not keep knocking me offline, sorry a bit late, but my wife Cheryl was following the event on the back of a Motor Cycle & sending reports back, so a bit of an inside view.

40 Km Mark – 50 men in the leading Bunch & 5 women Tamara Llorens, Kelly Martinez & Tina Struever.

47 km Mark Altnau, – 2 Lugino Skaters going for it, must not have known there was no Altnau sprint this year, gap to Roman Christen, about to stop off & greet
His Girfriend, ( Unlike big Brother the legendary SuperMarc) & another Gap to Rueben Martinez, at the start of his long solo effort.

51 Km Mark – Rueben Martinez on Solo Breakaway, never to be caught again, an heroic 60 km Solo effort.

Days 3 & 4- 2010 Canadian Short Track Speed Skating Olympic Team Trials

The 2010 Canadian Short Track Speed Skating Olympic Team trials conclude tomorrow in Vancouver. Here are links to help you figure out what happenned so far and which athletes have claimed sought-after Olympic squad positions;

Then with a little luck on my side pulled myself back into the 1500 m A final where I came 5th. I was sitting well with 3 laps to go (in 4th behind Olivier) but got taken out when Gilday and Marc collided hard and skated into the back of me. Both Marc and I went down, both of my skates ended up tightly packed beneath the mats.

I brought it all today. Two second places. I raced the best I could in the 1500 and was inches from pulling it off. It came down to a mano a mano race between myself and one other and I just lost out in the last lap and a half. As it looks now, I won’t be on the Olympic team. More to come in the next few days probably, I just can’t bring myself to write anything now. Thanks to everyone for your support, I know it gave me the legs I had today.

The short track speed skating team for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games is starting to shape up, as two other skaters were able to secure their place on the team, today, during the Bell Short Track Team Selection at the Pacific Coliseum. Both Kalyna Roberge (St-Étienne-de-Lauzon, QC) and Olivier Jean (Lachenaie, QC) won their 1000m race, their second win in the distance in the event. They will therefore not need to skate the distance a third time as no one could catch up with them in the standings.

Today was definitely the most exciting day at the Bell Short Track Team Selection, and Canada’s Short Track Team for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games now has four more members. With a win in the 1500m race, Guillaume Bastille (Rivière-du-Loup, QC) joins the ranks, Jessica Gregg (Edmonton, AB) and Marianne St-Gelais (St-Félicien, QC) also secured their spots thanks to their first and second place finishes in the 500m. Tania Vicent (Laval, QC) is the fourth addition to the team.

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.

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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!

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Report & Pictures- Tartu Marathon

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

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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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Results, Reports, Videos, Blogs- Days 2- Canadian Short Track Olympic Team Trials

With one more day of racing to go at the 2010 Canadian Short Track Olympic Team Trials, there’s plenty of action remaining.

The suspense is still in the air of the Pacific Coliseum after the second day of the Bell Short Track Team Selection, with many athletes holding on to a chance to qualify for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Athletes were racing on 500m and 1000m today, and four different athletes came out victorious.

The trials, taking place in Vancouver, will see more racing action on August 15th, 17th, and 18th.

Men’s Rankings After 2 Days Of Racing
1- Olivier Jean
2- Francois Hamelin
3- Michael Gilday
4- Marc-Andre Monette
5- Liam McFarlane
6- Guillaume Bastille

Women’s Rankings After 2 Days Of Racing
1- Kalyna Roberge
2- Jessica Gregg
3- Tania Vicent
4- Marianne St-Gelais
5- Amanda Overland
6- Valérie Maltais

1 mm doesn’t seem like a lot, but in speed skating it is. It could mean the difference between 1st and 2nd (referring to Dustin’s and my 1000 m final yesterday, guy tried to sneak me at the line after I had lead 9 out of 9 laps, haha – 1 mm difference) or it could mean the difference between feeling comfortable or not, especially leading into the 2nd round of 500 m’s. I needed that comfort back!

You can use the following links to find rankings, results, reports, and more for days 1 to 3.

Today was a day. Nothing special, but nothing terrible. Two 5th places in the 500m and 1000m. In the 500m this was my best placing ever at a National Trials, but I was left wanting more after winning the start in my semi final then proceeding to butcher the rest of the race to finish third.

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