Los Angeles, CA - June 27, 1999
Some of the area's best skaters competed at this event, including
Dane Lewis (Hyper), Michelle Bizeau (Hyper), Troy Atwell (Sonic),
Julie Glass (FILA/Verducci), and Helle Carlsen (Kryptonics).
Additionally, the Samaki Bros. visiting from the Japanese World
Team were there as well. It was sunny and 65 degrees when around
30 skaters lined up for the 11:00 pro/elite start.
The lead pack basically stuck together for the first few laps of
the 13-lap race. Dane, who had been hanging in the back, made a
break on the uphill on lap 4 or 5. The resulting high pace
eventually skattered the skaters out. Those fortunate enough to
remain in the lead pack witnessed Dane turn it on again with 2
laps to go, creating a gap which he sustained to the finish.
The pro/elite women at this race were skilled enough to compete
head-on with the men, as some of them are medalists from the U.S.
World Team. Helle Carlsen had an unfortunate collision with a
lapped skater midway into the race which opened it up for Julie
Glass for the win and Michelle Bizeau settling for second.
Just about everybody who dropped off the lead pack had extreme
difficulty with lap counting. Even after the race we still were
confused. Since only the top 3 finishers were recorded, many of
us did not know where we placed. From SDSE, Wendy Holbert
probably finished 4th and I probably placed 6th. No times were