Markleeburg rollerski

3 Sep

Ragnar Andresen, Norwegian winner of the sprint event in this year’s World Championships, published a plea about rollerskiing facilities that I would like to repeat. He’s currently competing in the World Cup race in Markleeburg, Germany.

I had the chance to rollerski on the track there last year, and was overjoyed with the experience:

On his blog Ragnar writes:

Why in the world can’t we have one place like this in Norway? Just a few kilometers from Leipzig there’s a 10km  track around the Markleeburger Lake. The asphalt is the best there is and the track is roughly 4-5 meters wide. […] There aren’t any critical spots and it is of course closed to traffic year round.

In Norway we tend to make rollerski tracks where even the best risk killing themselves and except for a little stadium flat they aren’t fit for training enthusiasts. Idiocy, I think….On a track like Markleeburg anyone can safely train for speed while cycling, rollerskiing, inline skating […] without being worried about getting into scary situations.

Hear, hear! It’s local election time here in Norway. A candidate that would support this would get my vote.

P.S. Lykke til Ragnar!

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