Speed Skate World's Morgane Echardour and Peter Doucet
photo: Debbie Rice
Canada's favorite skate couple won matching titles today as the top skaters in the pro open division of the 2010 National Roller Cup.
Speed Skate World's Peter Doucet came from behind in the last three weeks of the season to take the title away from NROC newcomer Ty Fidler.
Doucet, 33, of Mississauga, Ontario caught Fidler by finishing fourth in his division at the NorthShore, first at the Skate of the Union and first in the New York 100K. He wouldn't have been able to catch Fidler if he hadn't driven all night from Canada to compete — with only an hour's sleep _ in last week's Skate of the Union in Chantilly, VA.
Last year, Doucet finished second in NROC behind Powerslide's Jorge Botero.
Doucet's teammate (and soulmate), Morgane Echardour, won the open pro women's title with a score of 700 points, the maximum possible in the 2010 scoring system. The 22-year-old, also from Mississauga, earned the points with first place finishes in five NROC races: Montreal, Ottawa, Skate of the Union, NorthShore and New York 100K. (The NorthShore and NY100K are both double points races.)
Other NROC skaters who earned 700 points were: Bont's Norm Kirby in the pro master mens division, Cado Motus' Zach Stoppelmoor in the freshman boys division, and Il Peloton's Morgan Williams in the pro veteran's division.
Asphalt Beach's Steve Larios appeared to be headed for a perfect season. But he broke his collar bone in a crash at the NorthShore and had to sit out the last two events. Nonetheless, he finished the season with 670 points.
Top Skaters in the 2010 National Roller Cup
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