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Rollerski race Reinosa, Spain

8 Nov

How cool this is! Rollerski race in Reinosa, Spain. Enjoy!

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Roller ski in Madrid

12 Sep

Madrid roller skiers are organizing a competition 2 October. They’re promising an 11,5 km long, grueling hill race. Just my style. I want to go!

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!

A Peace offering from the Norwegian weather gods?

30 Aug

There were rainbows all over the valley today. And for once it wasn’t pouring rain. Shall I take this as a sign that the Norsk Weather Gods have grown bored with evil?

My ski boots still got soaked from the wet road, but at least the rest of me stayed dry during today’s rollerski tour.

Rollerski diaries: how to shine in conversation

29 Aug

I was talking to someone about rollerskiing (bad start), who wanted to know if I was good. Thinking back to my race results in Askim, I replied without hesitation that I wasn’t bad for a girl. That provoked an immediate, annoyed reaction. Odd, I thought, since the underlying issue was a purely physiological one of lean muscle mass.

But alas, the perfect reply came to me too late: I’m a hell of a 17 year old boy.

Eh bien dansez maintenant

27 Aug

Always a balance to strike. Between dreams and lucidity. Between fighting for something and letting go. Between today and tomorrow, work and play, effort and rest. Youth and experience. Confidence and humility. Pain and pleasure. Reason and folly. Force and lightness. Commitment and plan B.

I am a bundle of meat and dreams: muscle shaped by dreams, dreams stirred by a body in motion. Inanimate objects, have you no soul? All the more so beautiful, breathing, laughing flesh:

The curious sympathy one feels when feeling with the hand the naked meat of the body,
The circling rivers the breath, and breathing it in and out,
The beauty of the waist, and thence of the hips, and thence downward toward the knees,
The thin red jellies within you or within me, the bones and the marrow in the bones,
The exquisite realization of health;
O I say these are not the parts and poems of the body only, but of the soul,
O I say now these are the soul!

Walt Whitman,  I Sing the Body Electric

Sancerre is for Rollerski!

22 Aug

When they hear Sancerre, most people think of this:

But wine is only part of the picture. They should also think of this:

Far away from the mountain massifs of the Alps or the Pyrénées,  the most atypical rollerski race in the world takes place the 16th of October in the Sancerre area.  The Cosnes-Sancerre Rollerski Race  winds 25 km through the jaw-droppingly gorgeous scenery of the Loire Valley, culminating in a hill race up the steep flanks of the Sancerre butte itself.

While mixing wine with rollerski may sound like a Norwegian wet dream, it’s actually true. Norwegians already have a special relation with Sancerre. In this nation of large consumers of shrimp, Sancerre has found its way into nearly every restaurant’s wine-list as a happy alternative to Chablis. And since all Norwegians know rollerskiing (if only as irritated drivers), it would be easy to imagine that the race is just a brilliant ploy staged this year by the tourist office to lure Scandinavians to the region.

But nothing can be further from the truth.  The fact is that this year is the 20th edition. And not only is there history here, but stiff competition also. Woe to the smug Viking who thinks he’ll just breeze through to the finish line to plunder the winner’s copious haul of bottles and local specialities for himself.  Last year’s participants included members of the senior relay team that won bronze and the junior relay team that won silver in the Rollerski World Championship this year in Norway.

Velkommen til alle nordmenn til å bli med!