Riders have fallen, come out unscathed, then skated to their hearts content. Practice day was an absolute blast, from the mayor kicking it off by cutting the ribbon at the start line, till skating a full length track becoming to gruesome on our legs. It was a day to be remembered.
During the morning of qualifying day we had a dry track. Everybody wanted to skate a dry track at full length to match the way we had practiced the day prior. The weather would soon cast thunder clouds over us however, rain starting around 10 am, putting the event on hold till 3pm. The time recording system being relocated, to suit a wet track for safety reasons, we had the afternoon to hang out and get lunch.
3 pm rolled around and the boys suited up. Heading to the top we had a fully wet track, as expected. Things got intense. The sun came out, the top of the hill started to dry. Then the fog came in. At this point (4:30pm) the track is fully wet, times were slow, some skated rain wheels others waited, but everybody was tense since dry spots meant faster times. The forecast did call for more rain however.
First run, getting to the bottom was an achievement, I had tweaked my neck from losing a slide puck during one of the corners, not ideal for a good time but I had been seated 18th over all. I rode Green K-rimes with grooves for rain wheels, but having fresh K-rimes 75mm 82a wheels I knew they would throw down a fast time if it dried.
At 5:30 pm the pavement at the top was fully dry, but we had word about some still wet spots not drying up. In moments like those, its pretty much make it or break it. We end at 6pm so the one run that happens is a critical moment in the way you’re seated on race day.
I threw the Black Powells on and got ready. Most people were on they’re third run. I had taken one. Durning the decent It was patchy, a tricky situation. Every little spot on the road needed to be noticed, searching for a good line was crucial. Mike Gerard, an IDF official, yelling from the finish line, I had took the number one spot!
Not for long. Racers threw fresh wheels on and things got fast. Top speeds in the straight section were getting to be around 102km/h.
– Zak Mills-Goodwin
– Linus Marsh
Stoked out photographer, Linus Marsh. -Zak Mills-Goodwin
IDF official, Collin Beck Zak Mills-Goodwin.
Then the rain came on race day
Understanding line choice, gear selection, wet riding skills are some of the things we take into consideration
Beautiful day up in Transpalpino mountain pass. Clouds crested up guard-rails during the decent down a surprisingly quite road. A few cyclists grinding they’re way to the summit for lunch stopped to take a few photos.
Just as the weather cleared up the boys got back on the pavement. Beautiful views and smooth blacktop in the alpine hills of Romania seemed like we were somewhere else. Beautiful day hanging out with the Melbourne, Australia crew. The next few days will be relaxing waiting for the event to start.
Driving from holland to Romania was enough of a long haul, but five days of riding down a 6km track, with ski lift access, that was the real long haul.
The entry fee of $380 CAD covered five days of riding, hotel with lunch and dinner+
The amount of nationalities that came out to ride was treat to have been part of. Being able to ride with Swedes one run, say good riddance, then ride with Australians, Americans, or Germans was a treat, similar to many international events!
The first two days, the pavement was dry luckily. Straja is a road known for its leg burning dry skating. As soon as it turns wet, its another story.
The rest of the days, we had a wet event.
Fog set in, and It was difficult to see the track. Many riders decided not to race, due to the conditions. We had patchy pavement, a combination of dry and wet spots on the road. Combined patchy roads with fog, depth perception decreases making it quite unsafe to ride at times.
In the straight sections we reached speeds upwards of 80km/h
Fun for many, but the riding became to much of a task for others. The staff kept the event running smoothly, despite a couple injuries. After witnessing a gnarly dislocated shoulder from a friend from Michigan. It was enough of a nudge in the direction of not racing to call it. Back to the hotel I went! Sleeping was more necessary than racing at that point.
Overall a very well thrown event. The IDF race in Pascal Vulcan, plus the Freeride will be absolutely off the hook from what I hear!
Arriving in Europe the natural thing to do, I felt, was to head to a skate park. After meeting up with the Australian’s, we cruised on brick roads, and over cannel bridges to a freshly painted Marxinstraat skate bowl.
Whether it’s downhill, freestyle, running, walking, sleeping, standing still, I think still possible to ride a plank of wood.
If you’ve ever though that skateboarding seems appealing, but its been too intimidating, there is always time to start. Its one of those activities that you really get some satisfaction out of when you’re done.
Anyone who downhills knows what I’m talking about. Simply learning how to push when you began felt like a major accomplishment. Similarly, a downhill rider feels the rush when he makes it down a 4km mountain pass. It’s DOPE
For some there is fear of falling, how can you avoid falling?
By taking baby steps, you might goof it a few times but just laugh it off.
point A to point B. Grocery store, two blocks to a friends place, cruising along a beachside. Would you dare to do it in style? turn heads in the process.
The Derringer 28 is a classic soul carver shape with tons of portability, Its 28 inches and looking like a mini surf board. Strapped to a backpack it’s one of the best boards for traveling I have ever used!
plus is half decent exercise
It may be intimidating. It may feel embarrassing. But you have friends for a reason eh!
Learning a new skill with a few friends has never been a bad idea, remember that time you got drunk and rode bikes for the first time? its kinda like that, minus the hangover.