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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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Hank Galbraith- Inliner On Ice

You can follow Hank Galbraith’s transtition from roller speed skating to long track speed skating- Inliner On Ice.

On August 8th of this year, I left Greensboro, NC to move out to Salt Lake City, UT; exactly 2074 miles from my parent’s house to my new home. I have skated on inlines since 1999, and though there have been plenty of tough times, as of right now, my heart still lies with inlines. The one thing that ice does have that inlines doesn’t is an Olympic stature. That is my ultimate goal, though it may be a long shot. Since I was a kid, I have always wanted to skate in the Olympics.

We’re BAAAACK!

ill just stick to skatin, while you sit there hatin,
debatin on how to write a rap thats not so quite degradin

i know you tried real hard, regardless it still smelt,
you might wanna look for a rhyme inside your utility belt

Here we come with a novel of episodes,
the novice, the pros, and evens the chodes.

skating on products that don’t even work,
from slipping to wobblers to crap that even chirps,

We bust our hineys and put in laps,
traveling the country from state to state on dis here map.

We’re all about survival in this sport they call skatin,
floor to floor, bumpin and grindin, for some it about hatin

Watch for deception and who can make ya,
better yet choose your friends wisely cuz they can break ya….

Read more here; We’re BAAAACK!.

Blog Entries From Pascal Briand And Candy Wong

Here are recent entries from Pascal Briand & Candy Wong;

today i was driving to holland, i stopped in lille tonight in hotel to make the trip easier. also i then had time to go run and do abs…tomorow i will inline, 1Min/1min and go to yves for bath and energy test.

Between the lovely weather and an improved waking heartrate, yesterday was the pefect opportunity I needed to get on the trail for some recovery pace skating. As I discovered last night, it was the workout that I needed.

Keith Carroll- Skating To Become Better

This year I am a senior man. I will not try to lie to anyone and tell you that I can skate with Joey because time in and time out he has destroyed me as long as we have been here, but that has not stopped me from skating with him. This is where I am getting with this: in my case, every time I skate with someone better then me I am chasing them. I am chasing and chasing and chasing. If they are going 80% i’m going to go 100% if that’s what I have to do to keep up. If I go 80% when everyone else does, but do not stay with them because I am set on 80% what good does that do me? When am I getting better?

Read Keith Carroll’s complete entry here; Skating to Become Better.

Video- Endurance Traveler Learns To Inline: Buying Inline Skates With KC Boutiette

Here’s a video for you; Endurance Traveler Learns to Inline Webisode 1 “Buying Inline Skates”

This is the first installment of webisodes as the Endurance Traveler goes from a complete beginner to attempting the Annual 87 mile Athens 2 Atlanta inline skating event held annually. K2 Skates provided a pair of Radical Pro Inline skates to get us started on this adventure. KC Boutiette is a 4 time Olympian and world champion inline skater. KC’s inline accomplishments include the World Ultra Distance Championship (100K), and five National Championships.

Discussion On Cheating Continues In ‘X-Race In Berlin Today’

The thread X-Race in Berlin today continues to feature rich discussion on cheating & officiating-

We all know who it is in the video and has been this years trouble maker but until he is dealt with (it is being addressed) thru the correct channels we have to be careful what we say. He knows he has been caught clearly on video so right now he is treading on hot coals waiting for a verdict. Also the race director has to start listening to his reffs or they will refuse to umpire races for the pittance they are payed. We are losing skaters because the good guys don’t want to have their chances ripped away from them with a punch in the head from this guy. We really are trying to clean the sport up in this part of the world but it takes one bad apple to spoil it for everybody.

I have to agree with Bill, you can’t let the misfits intimidate you folks, you have to speak up, but then you can’t disagree with Niki either in to be careful on what is being said. Don’t speak alone either, make sure you are all on the same side and speak as a group of sportsmen who want to compete in a fair race and want the sport to grow, so no hatred, no “Lets hurt the competitive team” BS, speak objectively, and straight to the point you want to make, and they will hear you.

Meanwhile two ESPN people came up to me, trying to get me to leave the results as they had announced – they had come back from commercial but we still weren’t finished with the appeal process – they cut to another sport – I informed them that they were wasting my time and contractually we were going to finish our process according to the competition rules.

Would There Be Sport Without Coaches?

The following is from the thread Would There Still Be?

seriously. i do think a lot of coaches are taken for granted. i have a good crew. but you no it only takes one. and i am sure everybody has one on their team.

I could rant on and on about this too Don…..If all the Coaches that were Competitave Skaters themselves (most) would Tally up all the Monies and hard work they put in to acheive their level as a competetor, it would be MILLIONS and Milloins of US Dollars.

Guess those who may not want to pull out an EXTRA 5 BUCKS a WEEK for the Coach, don’t see those numbers when they VALUE their Coachs Request for a few bucks to offset costs.

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.

Enforcing Rules- Fighting At The Berlin X Race World Inline Cup

With a few recent events featuring infractions including fighting but no calls/ disqualifications/ declassifications coming  from officials, skaters & fans are venting and sharing their thoughts in the thread X-Race in Berlin today

I personaly tried to get the officals to disqualify the skater even in the 3 SIC races before and even was pointing out the person to the judges before the race and nothing happend! From the rule book you can not disqualify someone after the race! I hope we have some clear calls next season!

From the Beil evidence the skater has to be outed, forget some of these guys who do not know a skate from a motor car, that think they are interpreting the rules the right way. Its Blatant, its clear & its rubbish, you can not have standover man tactics happening regularly & do nothing, you have to stand up to them.

Bringing the sport into disrepute is a strong enough offence to be outed on, when you have skaters scared of an opponent who has a reputation, as an enforcer in the finishing Zone area, who blatantly breaks the rules of fair play, its time someone took action.

Its like the closely related coach, who told me in a moment of anger in Holland, to never walk on the same side of the road as him in future. The first thing I done the same day, is deliberately made sure I Did.

Like the small skater who did not get his own way when I was a team manager & then told me he was connected, I then told him I had ordered the Boss from Palermo’s Girfriend out of a CIC meetting in Italy & she was connected also, so don’t bother scaring me with that story line.

Stand up & be Counted, whoever is running the show!

Yet another reason there needs to be a strong technical committee, separate in every way from the influence of sponsors money , and also a big reason the race director should not have any say in officiating issues, because we all know what happens when a race director , team manager, coach, or similar, is allowed to participate in the officiating process.

A solution is : Separating “PRODUCTION” issues and operations from “COMPETITION” issues and areas.

Production includes : Sponsors (raising money, public relations, anything to do with making teams or skaters comfortable, raising prizes or money, dealing with the media, that sort of thing)

Competition includes : Tabulation of results, interpreting and enforcing rules, course safety issues, equipment standards, etc.

There is an issue of course, of who funds the technical committee – however there should always be a contract separating the two areas of “production” and “competition”.

In production, its their job to make people smile, keep people happy, including sponsors, teams, spectators, media, athletes, city or government permits and permission, collecting and soliciting the prizes etc.

In competition the “technical committee” has a narrow focus of ensuring that the “technical rules” of the race / federation/ rulebook are are enforced in black and white fashion – no favoritism, no pandering or ass kissing of sponsors, big name athletes, no cozying up to the race director, no special favors granted to famous athletes, that sort of thing.

So when a competition decision is rendered (such as a penalty , or change of placement, or a fine, and the athlete or team files a “protest” or “appeal”, the jury that decides on the original decision or appeal, should NOT include the race director.

The officials should have (be furnished by the race itself) sufficient number of motorbikes with skilled drivers, to be able to be all over the race – always changing position around the peloton , be in radio communication with each other, be able to pull people out of the race, be able to inflict instant time or placement penalties on offenders (and with chalkboard , clipboard, and megaphone(bullhorn/loudspeaker) instantly inform the offender/peloton of infractions/penalties .

Just my opinion…

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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Pictures- 2×4- From Tims ProSkateShots

Check out Tims ProSkateShots 2×4 pictures.

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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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Results & Pictures- Medemblik Games Finale

You can find results here from the Medemblik Games Finale

Click here for Tims ProSkateShots’ pictures from the competition.

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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 & Videos- Maneblusserstrofee In Mechelen

Click here for rik huys’ pictures from racing at the Maneblusserstrofee in Mechelen.

You can find a few videos here.

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Pictures- Nachwuchs-Cup Aaretal- From Quartier Zopf Online

Quartier Zopf Online published pictures from the Nachwuchs-Cup Aaretal.

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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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Candy Wong- Weekends No More

Candy Wong’s most recent entry is Weekends No More

So that was it for my 2009 race season weekend training. Starting Labour Day, I’ll be racing somewhere every weekend and the next time I return to my local training haunt (i.e. Hamilton Beaches Trail), it will be autumn when the leaves start to fall. I sure feel a little sad knowing that 2009 race season will come to close very soon.

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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