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Cool or Tool Party Crashers: Steely-Biked Pals Join the London 2012 Olympic Road Cycling Test Event

For once I don't know what to think of this. I basically dislike fans trying to get in the race or stand alongside or run along with the riders. I normally wouldn't like riders trying to join in, either. But maybe this was a special deal, I'm not sure. If it truly was a test event, well these guys helped provide the test! And it sounds like the race officials failed? No harm, no foul, maybe, and we'll find out if there was any real damage, I'm sure. The only reason I'd be tempted to say this is cool would be the test event nature of it. Hmm. I don't know but feel like they meant to be there but I'm also thinking they really meant to bring up the rear, not be between the peloton and backmarkers. But then they could just be good liars with pants afire. 

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Inline Skating Roller Speedskating Tries Again for 2016 Summer Olympics wIth Golf, Baseball, Softball, Rugby 7s, Squash, Karate

Once again roller speedskating is trying to get into the Olympics, already being considered an Olympic Sport as referenced here...
http://www.olympic.org/uk/sports/recognized/index_uk.asp

...with the official federation, Fédération Internationale de Roller Sports (FIRS), being listed here...
http://www.olympic.org/uk/organisation/if/fi_uk.asp?Id_federation=56

...its main site being...
www.rollersports.org

Locations

Fédération Internationale de Roller Sports
Viale Tiziano 74
Roma 00196
Italy
Phone: 39.06 36858543
Fax: 39.06.36858211
41° 55' 50.1456" N, 12° 28' 8.1912" E
International Olympic Commitee
Château de Vidy
Lausanne 1007
Switzerland
Phone: (+41 21) 621 61 11
Fax: (+41 21) 621 62 16
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British Cycling Team GB (Winners of Eight Gold Medals in 2008 Olympics) Shreds the Skinsuits

Here's a quick one about the British Cycling organisation as they'd spell't getting their skinsuits back so they could be destroyed, thus holding the advantage, they hope, for the 2012 olys. An odd little article that mentions thoughts of breaking collar bones too, all in the name of safety? By the way I'm not sure of the medals counts, but the beeb said 8 so maybe there was an update after the olys. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/other_sports/cycling/7872309.stm Some background on the impressive results by Great Britain:

Location

Laoshan Velodrome Beijing, Beijing
China
39° 54' 45.8352" N, 116° 12' 27" E
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100 Police on Rollerblades (Inline Skates) Guard Olympic Torch Relay in Paris

OK it's not too important, but I'm always fascinated by any mention of the inline skating police in Paris. This seems a not so wonderful way to catch criminals, so I guess their duty is limited to situations where they're just a helpful resource. Only in movies where the thiefs run straight down a sidewalk or road conveniently would the skates be that great for the chase. However, being included in any honor guard that includes motorbikes and firefighters is pretty nice. We're on a thin schedule of reinforcement, we skaters!

Location

United States
48° 51' 30.6108" N, 2° 17' 39.7032" E
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Joey Cheek Keeps On Fighting for Darfur

Latest news on Olympic speedskater Joey Cheek: Having collected 42,000 signatures on petitions calling for China, Sudan's largest international trading partner, to help in putting an end to the genocide taking place in Darfur, he personally delivered the petitions on July 25th to the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C.

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Jennifer Rodriguez Switches from Speedskating to Track Pursuit Cycling

Here's a very interesting article by Sharon Robb on Olympic speedskater Jennifer Rodriguez and her switch to competitive cycling, her effort to reach the Olympic level in a the sport, and more. It mentions the Brian Piccolo velodrome where skaters and cyclists work out together on separate tracks. It is a great facility. For a brief movie of the place see my minimovie at:

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Minutes of CIC FIRS Meeting Show Efforts for Olympics, World Games

Minutes from last September's CIC Meeting show the efforts made by FIRS (International Roller Sports Federation) to get roller (inline) speed skating into the Olympic program. It is clear the CIC and FIRS representatives felt angry and perhaps misled about the opportunity...

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