Hey skaters, Happy Fall! The Scooter’s Indoor Speed Club will be skating Mondays 8pm to 9:30pm on Mondays at the Scooter’s Roller Palace in Missisauga. Plan on arriving at 7:30 to help with set-up. Helmets are mandatory. For more details, please visit the Scooter’s Indoor Speed Club.
Peter Doucet, TISC’s President & Coach, placed 2nd at last weekend’s Athens to Atlanta. The event, which known as A2A within skating circles, has been held annually since 1982. TISC’s very own Aaron Arndt won the event back in 2007.
This was the 7th time Doucet completed A2A the second time he stepped onto the podium. This year, he finished in 4h43 minutes- tied for 2nd with Francisco Ramirez, winner of the New York 100k two weeks earlier. The pair finished about 8 minutes back of winner Eddy Matzger.
The most impressive part of Doucet’s podium finish is earlier that week on October 6th, he suffered a training accident while riding his bicycle, slamming into the back of a car at 30km/h and dislocating his knee.
The Toronto Inline Skating Club celebrated the 2015 season and recognized some of TISC members’ amazing season with the Year End Award presentations. Congratulations to all recipients who were recognized because of performances, results, and contributions.
- Skater of the Year: Morgane Echardour
- Most Improved Skater: Andres Medina
- Rookie of the Year: Natalia Piedrahita
- Rusty Bearing Award: Alain Quintard
TISC skaters Peter Doucet, Morgan Williams, and Candy Wong competed and fared well against some of North America’s and the World’s best racers over two weekends of racing in Duluth, Minnesota and New York City.
- Results for the New York 100km, 42km on Facebook
- NYC pictures and more on the event’s Facebook page
- A few pictures from NYC from Peter Doucet
- Pictures from Northshore Inline Marathon- pace lines (on Facebook)
- Northshore Inline Marathon results page
On September 19th, the trio competed in the Northshore Inline Marathon in Minnesota. This event, in its 20th year, takes skaters over 42km’s from Two Harbours to the center of Duluth along the scenic shore of Lake Superior and attracts some of the world’s best racers and bounty hunters- with $20,000 offered to the skater who sets a course record. The scenery was the last thing on the TISC racers’ minds as the flew along the route in large packs (groups) of skaters.
Candy Wong and Kara Peterson working together- photo from Maureen Steltz Photography
Morgan Williams near the from of the Master Men’s 50+ race- photo from Maureen Steltz Photography
Open Men’s lead group, Doucet tucked in a good position- photo from Maureen Steltz Photography
Williams managed to finish 3rd in the Master Men’s 50+, after rival Alex Fedak from Oklahoma managed to breakaway from the group. Doucet’s result was a respectable 21st overall in the Open Men’s race. What’s impressive about Doucet’s performance is his finishing time, slightly above 1 hour 05 minutes- and this while his group faced a head-wind. Eventual winner (and multiple time World Champion & long track Olympian) Bart Swings from Belgium finished just shy of the course records (and the $20,000 prize for breaking the record) with the support of 2014 10km Long Track Olympic Champion Jan Blockhuijsen (Germany)! Candy Wong faced some tough racers, and after settling in after a fast start, she skated a good part of her race with Kara Peterson.
The trio then traveled to Brooklyn, NY the following weekend to compete in the grueling New York 100km. This race challenges participants in the 100km with 19 laps, each lap featuring a brutal climb in Prospect Park. Candy Wong competed in the 42km Pro Elite. She came through with a time just under 1h33, good enough for 3rd overall! Doucet and Williams both competed in the 100km race. Williams skated well and maintained good positioning in the group, and held on to the leading pack for 16 of 19 laps, ending up in 8th place. Doucet instigated a lot of action against legendary Eddy Matgzer and the super fast Francisco Ramirez, but these two bested Doucet’s quest for a victory, with Doucet coming in 3rd overall in a sprint finish!
Morgan Williams (right) kept a watchful eye on the race favourites- photo from Brian Holton
Peter Doucet leads the way. Doucet scored his second ever 100km podium, with his first back in 1997- photo from Jen Markham
The Toronto Inline Skating Club will hold its End of Year Party on Friday, October 2nd 2015 at 7pm.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
This will be a pot-luck style dinner. When you RSVP, you’ll be contacted to confirm what you can provide for the potluck.
The End of Year Party will be held at 652 Santee Gate, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, L5A 2B7
We are incredibly pleased to inform you that Toronto is the host City for the ISU Short Track Speed Skating World Cup. This amazing competition is planned for November 6th to 8th at the Mastercard Center off Kipling, just North of Lake Shore near the 400-meter track at Humber College/ Father Redmond.
Numerous volunteers are needed to deliver this event. If you would like to be involved and help support this rare opportunity involving our kindred sport and the World’s best short track speed skaters- many of whom have earned hardware at the Olympics and World Championships, please e-mail email@example.com and we will forward your information to the organizers.