|Las Vegas Inline Skate Challenge|
Las Vegas, NV - Dec. 5, 1999
The race was held in Summerlin, a suburb northwest of downtown
and the Strip. The 3.7mi course started with a long but gradual
uphill climb followed by a long and gradual downhill. The return
to the start/finish was another long but gradual uphill climb.
You can't find asphalt smoother than this course.
Skaters quickly formed a single paceline coming out of the first
turn in the mass start of the half marathon. Knowing that most
Vegas skaters are indoor skaters, Dana Bergman decided to test
their outdoor skills by taking off as the first hill began. I
chased and the two of us formed a gap from the pack. But we didn't
let up there. We kept hammering the first of four laps, including
the fast long downhill.
Our gap kept lengthening to the point where we were out of sight.
Dana and I worked together all the way to the final sprint.
Unfortunately, on the last turn Dana slipped, allowing me to
cross the finish line standing up.
In the two-lap 10k, we played the same game, except this time a
young indoor skater tried to keep up with Dana and I. We helped
him along by not allowing him to drop. It was nice, but I knew it
was not strategic for me. Dana outsprinted the both of us at the
end and I settled for 3rd.
Julie Glass (Verducci) won both women's races, followed closely
behind by Peggy Tillinghast.
Andy Pele, the only other member from SDSE, beat out competitors
from Predator Speed of Phoenix. Not bad considering that we had
watched the sun rise both mornings in Vegas, one of which was not
after a night of sleep.
This race was well-organized with timely results and lots of
prizes. Police support from the city was excellent. SDSE will
definitely be back next year for another opportunity to race in