|Spring Speedskating Championships
San Diego, CA - March 25, 2000
The weather was sunny and warm with temperatures in the mid 60s. The day's
events began with a flying 200m Sprint for each skater. The top 8 in each
class then competed in Match Sprint Heats, a head-to-head elimination race
with the winner advancing to the next heat. After lunch skaters competed
in a variety of mass-start events chosen from a grab bag of races borrowed
from track cycling.
We welcomed our new entrants in the Beginner/Intermediate class, most who
were competing in their first skate race. Jeff Herman of Anaheim was the
overall champion, winning four out of the five events. Peter Swiatkowski
of San Diego managed to beat Jeff in the Unknown Distance.
Mike Miller (Miller) was the most outstanding skater in the Advanced
class. He won every event for a perfect score. Jim Eliason, one of SDSE's
newest racers, took second place in the three afternoon races and overall
for the day. Dennis Cummings (Skate Pro) picked up points in all events
for a third-place total overall. The Advanced class was the largest of the
four skill categories, which resulted in a long and exciting Miss & Out.
But the Women's class was the most competitive category with lots of
strategic maneuvers and many close finishes. The top three overall placed
identically in the mass-start races. Nicole Mathews (Sonic), at age 12,
was the overall champion. Stacey Eldridge (Mile Hi) and Mechele Busby
(Skate Pro) finished second and third, respectively. The Hare & Hounds
race didn't last very long as these competitive women blasted around the
The Pro/Elite class was another competitive category as points were
distributed among all entrants. Ed van Leuvan (Sonic) took the latter
laps of the Snowball race strategically, but with risk, to seal the win.
His performance has increased drastrically over last year. Ed surprised
all of the other skaters by finishing first overall in the class. Just
behind in the point total was Josh Kelly (Rapidos), who has also improved
dramatically. In third place was Neal Lucy (BSI), who has participated in
every race at the Velodrome.
The Spring Speedskating Championships was the inaugural race in the
Southwest Team Challenge 2000. This friendly series was the idea of Mark
Gaylor of Predator Speed and is endorsed by six inline clubs in the
southwest. A large trophy will be passed around to the team who scores
the most points at each event in the series. Competition in the name of
fun, this is an effort to attract skaters to out-of-town races. SDSE was
the winner of the first event.
SDSE's Spring Speedskating Championships were produced by the Southern
California Velodrome Association in its second year of developing a
skating program at the San Diego facility. We would like to thank Clif Bar
and Fitness and Speedskating Times for supporting us again. We extend
special thanks to Explore Wheels for providing most of the prizes at the
The SCVA and SDSE plan to reproduce this event again in the future. This
summer marks the return of an 8-event Tuesday Night Racing Series on a
biweekly basis starting May 30. Full details, including complete results
from the Spring Speedskating Championships, are available on the SDSE
web site at http://www.sk8.org.
INLINE RACING CLUB