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Shani Davis Wins Silver and Gold in Speed Skating World Championships; Tyler Farrar leads Tirreno-Adriatico Cycling Stage Race

 

Just some quick notes here to remind that the World Single Distance Championships are under way in speed skating (they seem to like to have several kinds of world championships, ha!), and the Tirreno-Adriatico cycling race started yesterday with a team time trial. I followed the T2A (as we roadskaters might dub it) in past years and found it very entertaining, through territory reminiscent of the mountains of NC as I recall. 

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Ludwig-Schwabl-Stadion (Eisstadion Inzell) Inzell, Bayern
Germany
47° 45' 47.0484" N, 12° 44' 49.0488" E
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Speed Map: Tour de Kale Bike Ride Inline Skate Denton NC

We love that Tour de Kale! Sorry so long getting anything from my data and photos, but working for money is a bummer even when it's for really worthwhile causes. Here's the speed map from TdK, and we almost cracked 40 mph with just eebee and myself together at the time. MikeB was there and Northinsouth had daughter NorthinsouthJr there riding the bike and trailer, respectively. Beyond that I'll have to look back at my photos, but I remember meeting the guy that owned the whole place (Denton Farm Park) and he said he "worked there" in typical marvelous understatement! Now that's good people! It was great to see Kale and the rest of the family and friends so close to him, and to be so incredibly welcome just because we were on skates! We missed our skatepals and couldn't keep up with the Northinsouth crew or MikeB, but we had an awesome hot skate in the country day...and by the time we saw MikeB again we were really getting overheated but enjoying the sweat and toil of the road.

Location

United States
35° 35' 6.2088" N, 80° 4' 9.1056" W
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Speed Map: Clemmons Bicycle NC Tanglewood Training Bike Ride Inline Skate

Here's the speed map from the Tour to Tanglewood Training Ride at the Clemmons Bicycle Shop. We made it up to almost 38 mph at our best but that was solo coming back down Dock Davis the the creek at the railway tracks where the bridge was replaced a couple of years ago. With four together we would have definitely cracked 40, probably 42 or 43. It was a blast and I got some of it on video but it's really no substitute. Clemmons is a great route on some of the Tour roads, sometimes in the opposite direction, sometimes in the same direction, sometimes day one, others, day two. It's good stuff!

Location

United States
36° 1' 24.87" N, 80° 22' 52.7736" W
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Speed Map: Spinz Bike Shop High Point Tanglewood Training Ride Inline Skate

Here's the speed map from the Spinz bike shop training bike ride and skate in High Point, Archdale and Sophia, almost up to Caraway Mountain. We maxed out at 35 or so but some of it felt faster because of the country side, lay of the land, and curve of the roads. There were some stiff climbs and it was a fun day of skatey company even if we weren't all at the same speed all the time. The rain at the end gave eebee a little spark since that's childhood weather for her methinks. Jack, eebee and myself cruised in after the others had departed...I think that was Andrew, Kim and Amy and I hope I'm not missing anyone here...we were not all really together before the start!

Location

United States
35° 55' 3.8784" N, 79° 58' 29.3952" W
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Speed Map: Paceline Bicycles Winston-Salem Tanglewood Training Ride Inline Skate

Here's the speed map from the Paceline skride (skatey bike ride) a few weeks ago. Looks like 37 mph is the best we got out of it. As we get some more mass willing to tuck and fly, we should get up over 40 now and then. Still, way fun!

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United States
36° 5' 5.424" N, 80° 20' 56.166" W
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