Europe en Speedskating Season is Starting and During an Olympic Year it Matters <p>This is a brief note to point to an <a href="" target="_blank">article about pro long track speedkating season</a>. The one that matters to me, at least. No disrespect intended to the short track derby, but I like mostly non-contact sport contests of speed. The first turn of an F1 race is admittedly often an exception.</p><p>This weekend pro long track starts again, and TeamUSA has some experienced skaters leading up to the Olympics. Notably, Shani Davis, a great speedskater over the years, returns. Also Heather (Richardson) Bergsma, from High Point, NC, is back on the ice for another year always being a threat to win the gold. I don't know how or if I'll be able to catch this off the airwaves or streams, but might make an attempt. Former inliner Joey Mantia will also be on the team!&nbsp;</p> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Thialf</span> <div class="street-address"> Pim Mulierlaan 1 </div> <span class="locality">Heerenveen</span>, <span class="region">Friesland</span> <span class="postal-code">8443 DA</span> <div class="country-name">Netherlands</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="52.938675">52° 56' 19.23" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="5.943217">5° 56' 35.5812" E</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="" target="_blank">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 2017 2018 2000s 2010s Earth Heather Richardson Bergsma Heerenveen NED ice speed skating indoor Joey Mantia Netherlands (NLD) olympics Shani Davis speed speed skaters ice long track winter olympics Europe 52.938675 5.943217 Sat, 11 Nov 2017 03:23:38 +0000 roadskater 1484 at 2014 Berlin Inline Skate Marathon Video <p>Here's another skate marathon video (helmet cam) from Europe in 2014. The road surfaces look great! Video is over 1 hour long.&nbsp;</p><p>The packs start to thin out after about ten minutes. Closed roads. Church bells. Bystanders cheering. Tramlines. "Paß auf!". Street musicians and the Doppler effect.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" title=""></a></p> Berlin Berlin (land) closed road Earth Germany (DEU) (Deutschland) inline skating marathons open road outdoor outdoor inline speed racing roadskating skating Europe Sat, 18 Apr 2015 15:08:07 +0000 eebee 1466 at Puente la Reina 2014 Inline Speed Skating International Marathon <p>This looks like a great event. Very A2A-ish, hillwise, but marathon distance. There are some pretty technical hills on the course by the looks of it.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>I believe a blind skater completed the race, aided by a paceline buddy. I don't know anything other than the name of the event and what's visible in the video, but I will add to this as I find out more, if I get time.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" title=""></a></p> Earth inline skating marathons open road outdoor outdoor inline speed roadskating skating Spain (ESP) (España) speed speedskating rolling hills Europe Fri, 17 Apr 2015 02:46:28 +0000 eebee 1465 at Photos of Roadskating Around Paris France from 2003 2004 2005 (Inline Skating Pari Roller and More) <p>A tweety one. While looking at great free software for fat32/ext3 (TestDisk), I found...</p><p><a href="" target="_blank" title="Roller Photos on"></a></p><p>Enjoy! roadskater</p> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <div class="street-address"> Place Raoul Dautry </div> <span class="locality">Paris</span> <span class="postal-code">75015</span> <div class="country-name">France</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="48.841741">48° 50' 30.2676" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="2.320608">2° 19' 14.1888" E</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="" target="_blank">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> 2003 2004 2005 2000s 2000-9 Earth France (FRA) fun Ile-de-France (region) FRA inline skating Paris FRA outdoors photos Europe 48.841741 2.320608 Fri, 28 Jun 2013 03:23:15 +0000 roadskater 1464 at Useful Explanation of Multiple Sclerosis and How High Vitamin D Levels Can Reduce Chance of Getting MS <p>Since we raise funds for Multiple Sclerosis research and advocacy through the Carolina Century and as the cycling and inline skating team, we often are asked about the disease. We've tried to learn more about it, but it can be difficult to explain in a few words. One of our sidebars on this site tracks MS research, and usually the articles are either inconclusive or incomprehensible.</p><p>This article is pretty good, especially in the last three paragraphs, which explain MS generally. It's worth a read as a backgrounder, and for the information on the Vitamin D as a factor in MS development. The first comment to the article also seems knowledgeable, and the recommendation for Vitamin D from sunlight sounds good...but I think I may need to add some vitamins in with that.&nbsp;</p> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Umeå University</span> <span class="locality">Umeå</span>, <span class="region">Västerbotten</span> <div class="country-name">Sweden</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="63.825847">63° 49' 33.0492" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="20.263035">20° 15' 46.926" E</abbr></span> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health 2012 2000s health 2010s autoimmune diseases Earth multiple sclerosis (MS) Neurology (journal) Sweden (SWE) Umeå SWE Västerbotten County SWE vitamin D Europe 63.825847 20.263035 Tue, 27 Nov 2012 14:24:49 +0000 roadskater 1460 at English Fashions <p>Home. Home again. I like to be here when I ca-a-a-an.</p><p>Shopping in Bournemouth today and I notice women of all ages from 18 to 60 all dressed in similar clothing styles. There are no "Juniors" or "Misses" sections in the clothing stores. It's all mixed. Consequently, women my age (45) aren't doomed to safe outfits like twinsets and slacks or to certain stores. I saw a £100 pair of bright blue Doc Martens I would've liked to buy, and a whole load of other outfits I'd like to wear. But I'd only be able to wear them here because if I wore them in Georgia I'd be accused of being a cougar.</p><p>Hoping to dodge the showers tomorrow and head over to Old Harry Rocks (Handfast Point).</p><p>Computer time is limited this time around but I hope to note more pseudo-foreign observations soon.</p> 2012 2000s 2010s Bournemouth Dorset Earth England (ENG) UK Great Britain UK shopping United Kingdom (GBR) (UK) (UKM) Europe Thu, 01 Nov 2012 17:21:46 +0000 eebee 1456 at 2012 BMW Berlin Marathon Inline Skate Finish Video <p>Per <a href="" target="_blank">Bill Begg on the Bont forum</a>, this year's Berlin Marathon had a total of over FORTY-EIGHT THOUSAND (!!!) participants! This spread out over skaters, hand cyclists/wheel chair athletes and runners. About 6,800 were skaters. Not too shabby! And they had beautiful weather this year as opposed to the driving rain they had in recent years. The skate portion of this event happened last Saturday, Sept. 29th.</p><p>Here's a pretty good video of the final few KMs, of eventual winner Ewen Fernandez of France, and Bart Swings of Belgium, showing the beauty of this sport.&nbsp;</p><p><a href=""></a></p><p>I'd like to see ALL the footage taken from these cameras during this race. The way these two skate is so pretty, frankly I can't handle it. &nbsp;</p> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)</span> <div class="street-address"> Pariser Platz </div> <span class="locality">Berlin</span>, <span class="region">Berlin</span> <div class="country-name">Germany</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="52.516211">52° 30' 58.3596" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="13.377673">13° 22' 39.6228" E</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="" target="_blank">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 2012 2000s 2010s Bart Swings Berlin Berlin (land) Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor) closed course Earth Germany (DEU) (Deutschland) inline skating marathons outdoor outdoor inline speed speedskating World Inline Cup (WIC) Europe 52.516211 13.377673 Mon, 01 Oct 2012 22:42:33 +0000 eebee 1454 at Centenarian Completes Metric Century, Sets Record on Velodrome, 300 Laps, 14.4 Miles per Hour Average <p>Well just in case we needed to be inspired (or depressed?), a guy over 100 years old skated his age in km at a velodrome in Lyon, France in just over four hours and seventeen minutes. This is good stuff! This is good news for a rainy afternoon with no outdoor skating likely on this day, with 87 miles of skating less than 9 days away. I'll be slower than the oldest people out there, I'm sure! Some of those dudes are fast! But I am looking forward to it. My Forerunner 305, however, is showing signs of not wanting to be awake that long at one stretch. A fix, hopefully, is on next week's agenda.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href=";fd=R&amp;usg=AFQjCNG5e_afOWToQlNlNbXaweZIayT4Vw&amp;url=,0,272460.story">French centenarian wins 100 km cycling challenge - Chicago Tribune</a> -</p> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Tete d’Or (Georges Prévéral) Velodrome</span> <span class="locality">Lyon</span> <div class="country-name">France</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="45.782265">45° 46' 56.154" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="4.855629">4° 51' 20.2644" E</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="" target="_blank">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 2012 2000s 2010s age group records closed course cycling Earth France (FRA) individual time trials Lyon FRA Rhône (department) FRA Rhône-Alpes (region) FRA speed records Tete d’Or (Georges Prévéral) Velodrome time trials track cycling velodromes Europe 45.782265 4.855629 Fri, 28 Sep 2012 23:32:23 +0000 roadskater 1451 at More French Skating Obsession: Vintage Postcards from the Early 20th Century <p>A while back, Roadskater <a href="" target="_blank">posted a video</a> of early skating from 1920s Paris.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 2000 1800s 1900s 2000s 1890s 2000-9 Earth France (FRA) Postcard quad roller skates quad roller skating roller skating Europe Tue, 11 Sep 2012 03:16:33 +0000 eebee 1448 at Brief Notes on Training and Scientific Approach by Speed Skater Juerg Feldmann, Early Coach of Giro Winner, Ryder Hesjedal <p>The Giro is now over and the last four or five days were fun and interesting to watch. It came down to a small group of stellar riders who had outpaced their support riders for the most part. It was close down to the last few seconds and there were several impressive performances. Ryder Hesjedal became the first Canadian to win a grand tour (Giro d'Italia, Tour de France,&nbsp;Vuelta Ciclista a España). The article linked here discusses an early coach, former Swiss Speed Skater, <span>Juerg Feldmann,</span>&nbsp;and some of his methods and tools (notably the SpiroTiger, for which this might be somewhat of a PR plant?). Regardless, perhaps worth looking into for more information regarding the coach, his methods, and his training tools...</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 2012 2000s 2010s closed road cycling Earth Geoff Kabush Giro d'Italia grand tours Italy (ITA) Juerg Feldmann Lombardia Milano mountain bikers outdoor pro cyling roadcyclists Ryder Hesjedal speed skaters SpiroTiger Europe Wed, 30 May 2012 06:19:40 +0000 roadskater 1432 at America's Cup World Series Short Course Sailing and Giro d'Italia Pro Cycling Showcase Italy Beautifully <p>This should be quick but I wanted all to know that two human (and wind) powered sports are shining brightly in Italy.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 2012 2000s 2010s America's Cup World Series Bayern cycling Earth Germany (DEU) (Deutschland) Giro d'Italia Italy (ITA) Munich (München) outdoor soccer (football futbol) UEFA Champions League Venice (Venezia) pro cycling sailing Europe Sat, 19 May 2012 07:32:05 +0000 roadskater 1430 at Inline Skater Will Not Let Deafness Keep Him from Seeking Olympic Ice Speed Skating Dream PLUS Deaf and Blind Speed Skater! <p>Oh boy I love my excuses. I need them! But some people have the genetics, psychosis, or whatever it is to overcome the challenges and keep seeking the Olympic dream.</p><p>TWO ARTICLES! FIRST ONE...</p><p>Check out this article on a guy who can't hear the competition, but seems ready to beat them. An inliner, then a swimmer, then to drinks and drugs, back to inline, then he saw a buddy from inline skating on television in the Olympics...</p><blockquote><p><span>It was time to transition to ice, a path already blazed by other inline skaters who'd gone on to race in the Olympics on the ice. He sold everything, including his car, and bought a one-way ticket to the Olympic Training Center in Utah.</span></p></blockquote><p>And yes as we often admit, there can be an addiction there...a good one, we hope...</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 2012 2000s United States of America (USA) 2010s blindness deafness Dumfries Scotland UK Earth France (FRA) Great Britain UK ice speed skating impaired skating championship Kearns UT Kevin Frost Michael Hubbs Olympic Oval (Kearns Utah USA) olympics Orleans FRA Scotland (SCT) UK United Kingdom (GBR) (UK) (UKM) usher syndrome Utah (UT) winter olympics North America Europe Thu, 03 May 2012 02:36:10 +0000 roadskater 1422 at Cycle-Skating on Single-Wheel Skates of the 1920s: Cycle-Skates Much Like Landrollers <p>Well here's a brief video from the 1920s showing yet another way to try skating, this time with single wheel rubber tire skates it seems...</p><p><iframe src="" frameborder="0" height="350" width="425"></iframe></p><p>Check out the soundtrack!</p> 1900s 1920s 1923 cycle-skates cycle-skating Earth France (FRA) Ile-de-France (region) FRA open road outdoor Paris FRA skating Europe Wed, 18 Apr 2012 01:23:58 +0000 roadskater 1413 at Mirthful Danish Long Track Ice Speed Skating Team Video <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Somehow I ended up looking at skate videos on Youtube again. Here'1s more from Kevin Jagger (Mr. - the guy who jacked it all in with his day job to concentrate on trying to make it in the longtrack ice world.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href=";feature=related" target="_blank">Speed Skating from my POV</a> (with Phoenix)</p><p><iframe src="" frameborder="0" width="425" height="350"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href=";feature=related" target="_blank">Mr. Jagger Vs. Cindy Klassen 500m</a></p><p><iframe src="" frameborder="0" width="425" height="350"></iframe>&nbsp;</p><p>And for comic relief, discover the <a href=";feature=related" target="_blank">Danish Speed Team's secret</a> to success.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 2011 2000s ice 2010s Alberta (AB) Calgary AB Canada (CAN) Earth Germany (DEU) (Deutschland) ice skating ice speedskating indoor Inzell DEU long track ice racing skating speedskating training North America Europe Tue, 31 Jan 2012 23:55:34 +0000 eebee 1410 at How I Wasted (or Enjoyed) a Morning of Danny MacAskill Trick Bike Videos <p>With the weather being windy and uncertain at 5:45am when we had to get going if we were going, we decided to bail again on the training ride.</p><p>We sat outside for a while around 6am looking at the wind bending the trees and looked at radar on our phones. The 20 was not worth driving that far for, and if we did the 41, we were afraid there would not be many other riders (or skaters) at our pace doing that distance.</p><p>Not wanting to be a hassle, and not wanting to face strong winds, especially if the event were not well attended, we excused ourselves (after conferring with some mates on it).</p><p>So I got an email from Sparky of the Tater Rides about some video of a rider. The video seems indie movie and I usually love that but I almost stopped it. Wow am I glad I watched.</p> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Locations</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="locality">Edinburgh</span> <span class="postal-code">Scotland</span> <div class="country-name">United Kingdom</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="55.950176">55° 57' 0.6336" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-3.187536">3° 11' 15.1296" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="" target="_blank">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye</span> <div class="country-name">United Kingdom</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="57.436727">57° 26' 12.2172" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-6.574953">6° 34' 29.8308" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="" target="_blank">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> amazing bicycles (bikes) bike tricks cycling Danny MacAskill Earth Edinburgh Scotland UK England (ENG) UK fixed gear cycling fixies Great Britain UK Isle of Skye Scotland UK London UK Middlesex outdoor Scotland (SCT) UK talented United Kingdom (GBR) (UK) (UKM) videos Europe 55.950176 -3.187536 57.436727 -6.574953 Sat, 27 Aug 2011 13:28:45 +0000 roadskater 1390 at