2012 Cologne Skating Marathon: and Yann Guyader makes it three!
There are two major marathons in Germany. That of Berlin gathers more than 6.800 skaters. It is probably the most famous in the world. The second one is a bit less renowned but it is still worth the trip: the Marathon of Cologne. Each year, the city welcomes no less than 1.800 skaters in its center, at the same time as a running race competition.
An organization running smoothly and benefiting from the existing logistics
There is no secret: when a skating competition is coupled with a running or a cycle race, it benefits from a far bigger impact.
Most of the competitions of the German Inline Cup combine skating with another sport. The only ones which do not, have around the same number of registered as those of the French Cup.
- Berlin (skating, running): 6846 skaters in 2012
- Cologne (skating, running, handisport): 1800 skaters
- Semi-Marathon Berlin Vatternfall (running, skating): 1922 skaters in 2012
- Mittelrhein Marathon Coblence (running, skating): around 1200 skaters
- X-Race & Geisingen: Around 700 skaters
- No data for Frankfurt (1500 to 2500 skaters? ) .
The skating competition benefits from all the logistics of the running marathon: the volunteers, the hype, the promotion, the media coverage, an official and measured distance of 42,195 km.
The day before the race: a visit at the indoor village
The welcoming of the skaters and the withdrawal of the jersey numbers take place on the day before the race, at the expo village settled into the "Mass" of Cologne. You have to cross a hall occupied by the running exhibitors, before you arrive in the area reserved to skating. There, you can find the stands of the main big brands, as well as an indoor course where kids confront each other in small competitions. There are also workshops run by great champions such as Felix Rijhnen (Powerslide Matter World Team). That is the occasion for the youngest to meet the best Elite skaters and get autographs. A good means to create a link between the generations!
The route: varied and in one stroke
On the program for the 1.800 present skaters: a route in the streets of the city in front of a large and enthusiastic public which is very generous as for the support. Music bands liven up the side of the road even more.
The first part is made of long straight lines on the side of the Rhine river with a few tunnels. The second part, more winding, snakes into the city-center districts before going back to the starting point. You never skate past the same place.
The first damper which could be underlined would be the feed zone where cups and spilled water are strewn over the ground. The second damper: the arrival with a bend with does not make the sprints easy in the ultimate hectometers of the race.
The women's race hangs on the final sprint
It is 10:50 AM and the skaters divide up in the color areas according to their levels (often self-estimated). A forest of helmets stretches over at least 300 m, as far as your eyes can see. The Elite are on the first rank.
It is impressive, even if there are three times less skaters than in Berlin. France still has some way to go! It is probable that in being coupled with a major running marathon, we could get close to the German success. After all, we reached such a popularity at the end of the 90's and at the beginning of the 2000's with the Wanadoo and Tatoo Roller Tour…
The race is a few minutes late, in order to completely secure the route. The temperature is cool but the sun is not far away. The women start two minutes before the men. The leading pack is made of 30 skaters.
The first kilometer offers a view without equal on the "Kölner Dom", the massive cathedral of Cologne with its spires rising up to 157 m high. On the horizon, you can also see the characteristic TV tower.
In the vanguard: The GB Racing Team and Powerslide share the lead a lot. The EOSkate team is also there, as well as a few French such as Justine Halbout and Laetitia Lebihan who made the trip.
Despite several attacks, no skater manages to make the difference. As often, the pressure is not maintained long enough, although there are plenty of opportunities!
The sprint. The curving of the arrival line does not ease the final sprint. You have to wait until 10 meters before the finish to suddenly see the skaters part. German Katja Ulbrich (GB Racing Team) is the first to cross the line. Behind her, the skaters mess around. Sabine Berg manages to worm her way in second position. Katharina Rumpus gets in the way of Justine Halbout who ends up third.
The men's marathon: the Swiss Skate Team makes the difference
In the men's category, the start is quite fast. Just as in the women's, the leading pack is made of 30 skaters. The long straight lines on the side of the Rhine river are the scene of several attacks in the lead at the tunnel exits, especially by Ewen Fernandez (Powerslide Matter) who strikes the match several times without managing to extend the effort.
Behind, Julien Levrard (EOSkates), Yann Guyader (EOSkates) and Elio Cuncu (EOSkates) chase to catch up. The Swiss battalion remains quite discreet.
Halfway through the race, Michael Achermann (Swiss Skate Team) breaks through, with Livio Wenger on his heels who finally gives up under the steady speed of the Helvetian skater. Michael Achermann is then gone for 25 km in solo. Behind him, Felix Rijhnen (Powerslide Matter) regulates the sprint of the pack in front of Yann Guyader. The latter, ending up in front of Severin Widmer (Swiss Skate Team), wins the German Inline Cup at the same time.
Final ranking of the 2012 Germain Inline Cup
Once again, Sabine Berg (Powerslide Matter World Team) wins the Germain Inline Cup, just as French Yann Guyader (EOSkates Team) who manages a hat trick in winning the German/French/World cups. Yann Guyader necessarily had to be in front of Severin Widmer in order to win that one.
The first place of the men's team ranking is taken in extremis by the skaters of the Swiss Skate Team, only 11 points in front of EOSkates. Everything was hanging on the last race!
For the women, the GB Racing Team wins.
Men's scratch ranking of the 2012 Cologne Skating Marathon
|1)||Achermann, Michael||SUI||Swiss Skate Team||01:06:59|
|2)||Rijhnen, Felix||GER||Powerslide Matter World||01:07:53|
|4)||Fernandez, Ewen||FRA||Powerslide Matter World||01:07:53|
|5)||Widmer, Severin||SUI||Swiss Skate Team||01:07:54|
|6)||Reist, Yves||SUI||GB Racingteam||01:07:54|
|7)||Beddiaf, Nolan||FRA||RPM POLI||01:07:54|
|8)||De Souza, Elton||FRA||RPM POLI||01:07:54|
|10)||Rumpus, Stefan||GER||GB Racingteam||01:07:54|
|11)||Iten, Nicolas||SUI||Swiss Skate Team||01:07:55|
|12)||Hecht, Tobias||GER||Powerslide Junior||01:08:00|
|13)||Meulders, Wouter||BEL||CHAUVIN ARNOUX||01:08:00|
|16)||Sibiet, Tim||BEL||CHAUVIN ARNOUX||01:08:36|
|19)||Friedli, Yannick||SUI||Swiss Skate Team||01:12:10|
Women's scratch ranking of the 2012 Cologne Skating Marathon
|1)||Ulbrich, Katja||GER||GB Racingteam||01:19:56|
|2)||Berg, Sabine||GER||Powerslide Matter World||01:19:56|
|3)||Halbout, Justine||FRA||2APN AVON||01:19:56|
|4)||Rumpus, Katharina||GER||Powerslide Matter World||01:19:56|
|6)||Hofmann, Josie||GER||Powerslide Junior||01:19:56|
|7)||Zielke, Carolin||GER||GB Racingteam||01:20:00|
|8)||Henneken, Claudia Maria||GER||GOLZE-Girls||01:20:00|
|11)||Le Bihan, Laetitia||FRA||RPM POLI||01:20:03|
|12)||Heim, Flurina||SUI||GB Racingteam||01:20:03|
|14)||Röthlisberger, Mélanie||SUI||Swiss Skate Team||01:20:17|
|15)||Ordowski, Sylvia||GER||Team der-rollenshop||01:23:28|
|16)||Matczak, Barbara||POL||4SKATING.pl / BONT||01:23:28|
|17)||Röhr, Silke||GER||Team der-rollenshop||01:23:28|
|18)||Dinort, Sandy||GER||K2 Team||01:23:28|
|19)||Papenfuß, Verena||GER||CadoMotus Team NRW||01:23:34|
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Translation: Chloé Seyres
Photos: Daniel Busser