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Speedskating Season is Starting and During an Olympic Year it Matters

This is a brief note to point to an article about pro long track speedkating season. 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.

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! 

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37th Athens to Atlanta Road Skate (A2A.net) in Georgia, USA Oct 14, 2018

From their website, a2a.net, which has lots of information under "TELL ME MORE":

Athens to Atlanta (A2A) is the oldest and most famous road skate in America. Starting in Athens, Georgia, participants skate through beautiful country roads and quiet suburbia before navigating city streets and triumphantly crossing the finish line in Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward Skate Park. The course is challenging and requires experienced road skating ability, courage and stamina. Skaters who may not be ready for the whole 87 miles may opt for the 38-mile event, which also starts in Athens, or the 49-mile event, which starts near Dacula, GA. Inline and quad skaters are welcome and anyone from 8 to 80 years old may enter.

 

Roadskater.net inline skaters have skated A2A as many as 20 times. Familiar names can be found on the A2A Duraskaters (Distance) records page.

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11th Carolina Century Bike Ride 'n' Roll Roadskate Greensboro NC October 20 2018

11th CAROLINA CENTURY Bike Ride'n'Roll 21 to 102 Miles for MS & More.

• Voted Best Triad Century Bike Ride by Endurance Magazine readers 5 years in a row.
• Free Carolina Century Hat included for the first 300 registrants (pick up event day only).
• 10 Hour+ Support for Your Epic Ride for 730am start.
• 102/90/82/72/64/51/40/31/21-Mile routes.
• Hot Chili, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches & Fresh Salad Post-Ride Meal

MORE DETAILS:
• Full & Half Imperial & Metric Centuries plus Supported Bail-Out Routes.
• Decide on any distance at mile 12; choose 72, 82 or 102 at mile 63.
• Supported cutoff reduces 51 to 40, 64 to 52, and 102 to 90 miles (follow the 31 home).
• Painted Routes • Color Laser Maps • Turnsheets • Abundant Rest Stops
• Fast Hills • Smooth Rollouts • Rural Views • Crisp Skies • Autumn Joy

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10th Carolina Century Bike Ride 'n' Roll Greensboro NC October 21 2017

10th CAROLINA CENTURY Ride'n'Roll 21 to 102 Miles

* Voted BEST TRIAD CENTURY Ride by Endurance Magazine readers 5 years in a row.
* FREE: CAROLINA CENTURY HAT included for the first 300 registrants (pick up event day only).
* 102/90/82/72/64/51/40/31/21-Mile routes.
* 10 Hour+ Support for Your Epic Ride for 730am start.
* We roll RAIN OR SHINE.
* 7:30a 10mph+ and 9:00a 12mph+ starts and more.
* Bike Ride'n'Roll to Benefit People with MS and to Fight Hunger where we ride.
* Hot Chili and Grilled Cheese Sandwich Post-Ride Meal

See http://RSNCC.com or http://CarolinaCentury.com which lead you to http:/bl2u.com/events/carolina-century/ for the latest details.

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Interesting Article on Tramadol in Cycling and Other Sports (WSJ)

This article is interesting to me mainly for what it explains about how they decide what substances should be banned, and why cyclists or at least their managers would want to have a drug banned. If there's no performance enhancement, OK. But I'd say being able to not abandon the next day is a sort of performance enhancement. What seems clear to me after this year of delayed startup for skating is that Tramadol makes some people l "loopy," and for others, it's a disappointment. :o) I took various pain killers in fear of how great they might me feel. I still never felt amazing! Oh well.

Anyway, not a bad article to remind us all to be careful what we take before going on the road in a car or on wheels.

I wonder what percentage of drivers on the road are actively under the influence of an opiod, alcohol, or other performance disenhancer.

I usually don't like reading the comments section, but even early on there are some funny responses.

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2017 36th Athens to Atlanta Road Skate (A2A.net) in Georgia USA

From their website, a2a.net, which has lots of information under "TELL ME MORE":

Athens to Atlanta (A2A) is the oldest and most famous road skate in America. Starting in Athens, Georgia, participants skate through beautiful country roads and quiet suburbia before navigating city streets and triumphantly crossing the finish line in Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward Skate Park. The course is challenging and requires experienced road skating ability, courage and stamina. Skaters who may not be ready for the whole 87 miles may opt for the 38-mile event, which also starts in Athens, or the 49-mile event, which starts near Dacula, GA. Inline and quad skaters are welcome and anyone from 8 to 80 years old may enter.

 

Roadskater.net inline skaters have done A2A as many as 18 times in a row. Familiar names can be found on the A2A Duraskaters (Distance) records page.

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2016 9th Carolina Century Bike Ride 'n' Roll Greensboro NC October 22 2016

2016 9TH ANNUAL CAROLINA CENTURY BIKE RIDE'N'ROLL 21-102 MILES
  * Saturday October 22 2016
  * Gospel Baptist Church, 5945 N Church Street, Greensboro NC 27455
  * 102/90/82/72/64/51/40/31/21 Miles
  * 7:30a 10mph+ and 9:00a 12mph+ starts and more.
  * Voted Best Triad Century Ride by Endurance Magazine readers in 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015.
  * Full & Half Imperial & Metric Centuries plus Supported Bail-Out Routes.
  * 10 Hour+ Support for Your Epic Ride.
  * Preregister on CarolinaCentury.com website.
  * http://BL2U.com/events/carolina-century/
  * Bike Ride'n'Roll to Benefit People with MS and to Fight Hunger Where We Ride
  * Modular Course: Nested loops (21, 31, 51) attached to 51 miles of daisy-chained lassos (64, 72, 82, 102).
  * Clockwise courses emphasize right turns; suburban first while fresh, more rural as courses finish.

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Marathon swag bags; soap/energy bar mixup; guess the rest

It's been reblogged many times but I just saw this:

Free soap leaves bad taste for Chinese athletes
By News from Elsewhere... ...as found by BBC Monitoring
25 March 2016

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Photos of Roadskating Around Paris France from 2003 2004 2005 (Inline Skating Pari Roller and More)

A tweety one. While looking at great free software for fat32/ext3 (TestDisk), I found...

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Roller

Enjoy! roadskater

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Wooden Bike Brings Together Several Interests and Skills from Guitar Building to Cycling to Marketing

This is a good article about an interesting object: a wooden bicycle which incorporates other materials...notably kevlar. It also shows how varied interests and passions can eventually combine into a new life's work or maybe even career, if all goes well. Rather than repeat it all, here's a link.... 

Wooden wheels - Boulder Weekly -

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