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Speed Skating Forum Most of the discussions in this forum will be about inline speed skating but discussions about ice speed skating and quad roller speed skating are also welcome.

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Old November 7th, 2006, 11:13 AM   #1
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I saw this on the Hyper Board and thought some here might think it's cool.

I'm a firm believer that to grow this sport it has to be visually appealling and like bike racing, crit style racing is far more exciting to watch than a long open road race. Even though this is indoors and on on oval it is essentially a criterium style race. This looks like a fun race to watch and participate in as well. Check it out. The only name I recognized in the 10 minutes or so that I watched was Tristan Loy. He's raced over here a few times winning A2A once and placing top three another time.

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Old November 13th, 2006, 07:51 AM   #2
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Cool!

I just love watching people skate. It is so beautiful, efficient. Wish I understood tactics enough to appreciate what they're doing.
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Old November 19th, 2006, 11:14 PM   #3
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Hey Speedy, thank you...Phil
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Old November 19th, 2006, 11:36 PM   #4
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I saw this on the Hyper Board and thought some here might think it's cool. [snip]

http://schaatsen.sbssport.nl/index.php?v=4
Now that's cool. And such a big ice rink. In the UK, sports grounds and ice rinks are typically built on river flood plains, e.g. Murrayfield here in Edinburgh. In Holland, of course, there's no shortage of flat places.

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Old November 20th, 2006, 04:48 AM   #5
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Beautiful to watch...I can't understand the commentary but it looks like its a point race. Is it for every lap? I think point race is fairer on track marathon so no one can just draft all the way then sprint to the finish.
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Old November 20th, 2006, 06:40 AM   #6
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I think it's some sort of points system as well. Prem(ium) laps in a bike race are usually just for cash or prizes, but can be for points so that's probably what they are doing. I like to watch it. It gets me jazzed about skating.
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Old November 21st, 2006, 06:10 PM   #7
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Here a Dutch inline and ice skater. The ice-marathon skaters are doing 100 rounds in about 55 minutes. Fastest marathon was about 52 minutes this year.
For some sprints in this marathon, you can have some points like cycling but the winner always will be the one who finished as first.

There are a few more foreigners in this competition like Cedric Michaud a french skater. In 2004, a US skater KC Boutiette was the ice-skater to beat in a few marathons. He rode these marathons for fun and as training for the long track ice speeds skating races but no one could folow him. He won the Greeney six days with 4 wins in a row.
Hans from the Netherlands now on ice skates with 100 rounds in 1 hour and 15 minutes
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Old November 21st, 2006, 07:17 PM   #8
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How long is the track? Assuming it's 400m then 100 lap is 40k not 42k plus for marathon. I think the inline marathon is skated under 1 hr (57'18'' at 1998 Northshore) and without the curves for more efficient acceleration. I wonder how fast Chad will do on this track.
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Old November 22nd, 2006, 02:09 PM   #9
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yes..ordinary 400 meter ice speedskating track.
If you see the races..its always a game between the different teams like bike cycling.. Its more a race between teams than a race for the fastest time.
Here in the Netherlands we are waiting for a real Dutch cold winter with lots of ice on the lakes, channels etc.. and of course the mother of races..
The 11 city speed race in Friesland http://www.elfstedentocht.nl
Only 200km...
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The 11 city speed race in Friesland http://www.elfstedentocht.nl
We can all dream can't we. speedy has heard it's virtually impossible to get into that race. speedy would go in a heartbeat.
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Old November 22nd, 2006, 06:02 PM   #11
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I remember reading as a youngster about the Dutch skating on the canal. That would be a fun way to see the country. Does Hyper make an "IceGrip+" for inlines? That's a thought, inlines with stud tires! How cool would those sound?

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Old November 24th, 2006, 04:31 PM   #12
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If there is no ice this winter..
Well.. this summer the 11 city tour will be held on inline-skates only for the recreational tour riders. Averidge speed will be 22km an hour with of course some stops for food an drinking.
Maybe you will join this tour??
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