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Powerslide Doop Skates with Wellies

Powerslide Doop skates with wellies

We’ve all enjoyed the arrival of the cool overskates that you can use your normal shoes with, but this is a new use on me! Le Mans 2013 this year was a bit of a swamp in places due to rain, so wellington boots were quite a good choice. I’m quite impressed with Jonathan for taking this one step further and using them with his Doop skates though. 😀

London Mayhem Le Mans 2013

London Mayhem Le Mans 2013.. Smiles 🙂

 

Every year it begins with a conversation amongst friends; skaters. “Who wants to do Le Mans this year?” Then it evolves into Facebook groups, intentions and arrangements. Then the excitement builds as the date looms…

A Team name, an ethos for racing, training commitments, trips to Tatem Park to skate with others, Richmond park for hills, Hillingdon Cycle circuit for laps and changes.. Things evolve, confidence builds..

The “London Mayhem” project was conceived in November 2012 with the aim of having a fun Le Mans experience with a close-knit bunch of friends. This was clearly evident by the pre-event meetings in venues such as the The Victoria and The Mitre pubs (carb loading), as well as the infamous Nandos (protein!). However, someone’s definition of fun took a wrong turn when the suggestion of training was put forward, and so the hill repeats and relay changeover […]

Some quotes from Le Mans 2013 24 hours Roller

Flemming from LondonSkaters Speed Team:

Something that was hugely satisfying about the race was getting payoff for all the preparation. The conversations and advice about recuperation and nutrition that meant that I could keep consistent time throughout, and on demand do a flying lap on demand, even 22hours into the event (in support of a London team mate in contention for the podium). The drills and practice which meant that even when the lungs where bursting, the legs and back were aching, the technique was still there and still efficient. The understanding of skating dynamics so could adapt cadence and push throughout the lap. But what really made the event was I was doing that with a group of 70 or so London skaters that had shared my preparation journey, and were enjoying their own races.

 

Mital from London Wheelers:

Last weekend was my 5th attempt at […]

Naomi Grigg’s skating years – Part 9

Part 9 – by Naomi Grigg

This was also the summer that I marshalled on the Friday Night Skate. It felt so good to be part of something like that, and towards the end of the summer all the Skate Patrollers stopped going on the skate as marshals, and went on it as Skate Patrol instead. I enjoyed not having to wear hi-vis jackets anymore!

During my final year at university in Manchester I pretty much bankrupted myself with all my weekend visits to London – I just couldn’t stop myself. I remember the first Friday that I did it, I’d just got dumped the day before and was feeling really awful, as you do, and couldn’t imagine anything that could take away the feelings of rejection and inadequacy. But then I figured that since I always felt so good when I was in London with the skaters, that’s where I […]

By |June 9th, 2013|Articles|0 Comments

Naomi Grigg’s skating years – Part 8

Part 8 – by Naomi Grigg

This was also the summer that Psycho Steve/Squaddie Steve/Aggro Steve (he went by so many names) took me aside and taught me to ride stairs one night at Trafalgar Square. I’d been told that it was possible when I was back at school – a Malaysian friend told me that one of her brother’s friends could do it, but it seemed totally impossible when I gradually stepped down some stairs whilst trying to get up the guts to just go for it. I had just stuck to jumping down them instead.

Apparently it’s easier to ride them backwards, and I can see why – it makes perfect mechanical sense, but I really like to be facing forwards whilst riding stairs to this day. I also learned that it was 90% guts and stupidity and 10% technique. So long as you scissor your feet, bend your […]

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Naomi Grigg’s skating years – Part 7

Part 7 – by Naomi Grigg

That summer was incredible. I went into London whenever I could to practice, fresh with hunger. Practicing all the time – my learning curve was like nothing I’d ever experienced. I was like someone who knew the dictionary backwards, but had never been shown how to put the words into sentences. Andrew taught me so much about skating that had never occurred to me, as I had just learned through watching and doing. My 360s became almost easy once he had told me to fling my head around. I’d tried them so many times on the ice at Swindon, but rarely made it around – I would fall 9 out of 10 times due to insufficient rotation, and the rock hard ice had taken its toll on my hips and elbows.

He also taught me to dance. I say ‘taught’ but it was more of […]

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Naomi Grigg’s skating years – Part 6

Part 6 – by Naomi Grigg

Life in Manchester wasn’t much more active skate-wise for the first couple of years. During the summer between my 2nd & 3rd years, I was really down and unhappy. I went to Essex for my summer placement, settled into my lodgings and stayed in for 2 weeks wallowing in my own misery. I threw myself into my work in an effort to reset myself, but it didn’t really help. Eventually I decided to get the train into London one weekend and skate around a bit. I did and it was so exiting, cruising around, exploring places I’d never been before, and I wondered why I didn’t skate more in Manchester – it would be so great to skate in and out of uni and the city centre. Everything would be so much quicker, and it would mean I was on my skates a bit […]

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Naomi Grigg’s skating years – Part 5

Part 5 – by Naomi Grigg

During my pre-inlines years, I had managed to jump at the ice rink one day, but really badly. As in, the ice steward that I showed it to wasn’t completely convinced that I’d left the floor. I did, I know I did – and it scared the living daylights out of me. Within weeks I was jumping like an athlete – we’re talking at LEAST 10cm off the ice. I was feeling really good about this – I hadn’t really seen anyone else doing it, other than one time when I was a kid and was skating at Centre Parks on holiday – a lad in the roller rink area jumped up and actually turned in the air and landed backwards. I remember being stunned and wondering how that was even possible. So I was pretty keen to get on with this jumping thing. […]

By |June 7th, 2013|Articles|0 Comments

Naomi Grigg’s skating years – Part 4

Part 4 by Naomi Grigg

The grapevine. What a move. Seeing that move for the first time was one of those amazing moments of inspiration where you feel your hairs prick up and you get that excited fluttering feeling like you’ve just fallen in love. I think his name was Richard, and we’d just met him. He fancied Cheri and was trying to impress her. Asking her over in smokers’ corner if she would snog him hadn’t worked, so I guess he was appealing to her interest in skating. I knew he was just about to do a trick, so as usual my practiced eyes were peeled, ready to take in and remember exactly what his feet were doing so I could learn to repeat it over the coming weeks – but nothing prepared me for what he did with his feet. The adrenaline coursed through me as his feet […]

By |June 6th, 2013|Articles|0 Comments

Naomi Grigg’s skating years – Part 3

Part 3 by Naomi Grigg

naomi-6For a few months I had noticed another similarly aged girl at the same sessions as I went to. She didn’t speak to anyone either, and wore ice hockey skates too. She was doing the same things as me and I often thought of how great it would be to be her friend. I never did speak to her though and months later during one of the ultra quiet lunchtime sessions she came up to me and paid me the greatest compliment I think I had ever received. “Excuse me, do you play ice hockey?”. I was blown away completely and gushed something crap like “No! no… why, are you? I thought you were” whilst trying to keep my cool and not nervous giggle like the social incompetent that I was. She replied with […]

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