Inline speed skating

INLINE SPEED SKATING is the sport of racing on inline skates (Roller sports) It is often called inline racing by participants. Although it primarily evolved from racing on traditional roller skates, the sport is similar enough to ice speed skating that many competitors are now known to switch between inline and ice speed skating according to the season.

ROLLER SPEED SKATING

The thrill of Roller Speed Skating suits all types of people, whether as cross-training for ice speed skating, for fitness, or for the love of speed on wheels. Regardless of age, speed skaters share a determination to race as fast as they can, blending quickness, stamina, and strategy into a fun, healthy, and rewarding activity.

RACING CIRCUITS

There are four main racing circuits used in roller/ inline speed skating.

– ‘Open road‘ either in a big loop or point-to-point racing usually features outdoor and longer (10+ km distances) on streets.

‘Road‘ track racing on a track from 400 – 1000 meters, in Canada usually on outdoor 400-meter school tracks and at world championships on tracks with an asymmetrical configuration.

‘Track‘ racing usually on a smaller outdoor tracks about 200-meters long. In some countries, specially designed outdoor banked tracks are used as well – outdoor speed skating is the International form of the sport.

‘Indoor‘ racing on a 100-meter track- usually in a gymnasium or a roller skating facility.

RACING EQUIPMENT

Roller speed skating at the International level was traditionally performed on regular roller skates . Since 1990, however, inline skates have totally dominated the medal winners, and they are worn almost exclusively now for outdoor racing, although technically both types of skates are permitted.

The inline skates themselves consist of a boot and a fixed frame (wheel assembly). The boots are specially designed to be aero-dynamic and light weight, and the frames may have either 4, 5, or 6 wheels, depending on the size of the skater’s feet. Skates must not exceed 50 cm in length.

Stops or brakes are not permitted, as they would add unnecessary weight and create a potential safety hazard. Unlike artistic or hockey skates, the wheels of speed skates extend past the boot in front and out behind for added glide.

Speed uniforms for competition are also designed to be aerodynamic, so they usually fit the body very closely. They can be one or two pieces (top and bottom), short or long-sleeved, and either short or long-style pants/tights are permitted. CSA approved helmets must be worn for all speed events, including practice and competition.

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