News Archive

May 1-6, 2006


(May 1, 2006)
Skate Bytes ...
This year's May Fair (May 27) in Collingswood, N.J., will include two inline races: a 5 and a 10K. (Go to more info.)


(May 2, 2006)
World Cup: All Shook Up!
Saturday's Team Time Trial in Basel shook things up in the World Inline Cup. Athleticum Rollerblade's win vaulted it into second place in the men's team rankings. Formerly, one of the World Cup's "B" teams, Athleticum is now within striking distance of first-place MMCmicro Salomon. (Go to World Cup rankings.)

Skate Bytes ...
This year Glenn Kirby's Trail Challenge will roll along the partially repaved Iron Horse Trail in San Francisco's East Bay. The fun roll and ride (May 20) is for skaters and cyclists. (Go to more info.) (Go to its spot on Spring Event Calendar.)
Skate instructor Bill in Virginia likes his new Rollerblade Astro 7 skates. They're great for teaching lessons, he says, but he wouldn't recommend them for wide feet. (Go to
his review.)

(May 4, 2006)
Eastern Europe on a Roll?
Inline skating is becoming popular in parts of the former Eastern Bloc. But impediments remain, such as poor roads and a dearth of leisure time. (Go to Planet story.) (May 4, 2006)

Skate Bytes ...
Saint Paul, Minn., rolls into summer with the Grand Old Day festival (June 4), which starts bright and early with an 8K inline skate. (Go to more info.)


(May 5, 2006)
Start Fast and Rest While You Race
In the last part of a series on advanced skills for marathon skaters, Canadian speed coach Barry Publow talks about the importance of a good start and how to "bank" rest along the way. (Go to
Planet story.) (May 5, 2006)

Skatin' Laps in Rennes
World Cup racers will be skating around (and around) downtown Rennes, France, on Sunday. The men's race is 18 laps of the 2.9 kilometer road course. (Total distance is 52.2K, or 32.4 miles.) The women's race is 15 laps for a distance of 45.5K or 28.3 miles. (Look for race coverage Sunday morning on the Planet.)

Skate Bytes ...
Some of USA's fastest skaters, including Hyper's Jessica Smith, are expected in Canton, Mich., this weekend for NIRA Nationals. The event features international style racing. (Go to more info.
Maine Today's Kids Tracks columnist and her children are learning to inline skate this spring. (Here's where the adventure begins.)
Back from the Dead? Well, almost. Injured Florida speed skater Bret Whitman was supposed to stay off of his feet until June. But there he was Thursday, cycling 25 miles in a peloton. (Go to report.)


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