On 12 June 2013 at 12:45 | updated on 26 August 2013 at 11:01

2013 Skating Marathon of Dijon: A sunny 13th edition

2013 Skating Marathon of Dijon: A sunny 13th edition

According to whether you are a pessimistic or optimistic superstitious skater, number 13 may bring good or bad luck. It seems that the lucky skaters won that 13th edition of the skating Marathon of Dijon, which finally enjoyed spring conditions despite all the weather forecasts! Back on the races...


The Veteran European Championship of Skating Marathon

Dijon Roller Marathon 2013 

It's good to see that the weather forecast was wrong! We were anxiously waiting for rain and storms on the Skating Marathon of Dijon, but not at all! Instead, the sun progressively appeared and the day ended with summer temperatures. Morning: Let's make room for the European Master Championship of Marathon.

30-40 category

In the Women's, Dorthe Olsen (VRK Club, Denmark) wins after a long-distance breakaway. She ends up far in front of Barbara Bakosva (Slovakia) and two German skaters: Silke Röhr and Michaela Geppert. French Céline Cognard of Générations Roller finishes in their stream. Caroline Jean (PUC Roller) finishes alone, almost 6 minutes after the winner.

In the Men's, suspense didn't last long. French Vincent Esnault breaks away solo for more than 15 laps. He skates alone at a good pace and the pack has difficulty in getting organized to counter him. Vincent Esnault even manages to get a one-lap lead on his followers! The business is done and yet some skaters get in his stream to break away from the pack when he overtakes them, wreaking havoc. Dario Rivaroli (Italy) crosses the finish line second, in front of another French skater, Grégoire Leclerc (RS Dijon).

Dijon Roller Marathon 2013

40-50 category

The women's race witnesses the win of Dutch Karen Teuling (KNSB Nederland), more than one minute ahead of her opponents. French Karine Malle-Urvoy (LOU Roller), the recent winner of the previous week's Rollathlon, gets the second place. The podium is completed by  Gabriela Schwartz (Skate Team Luebeck, GER).

Note: Karen Teulin went on with the World Cup Marathon in the afternoon!

In the Men's race: after having made a great performance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans Roller 2013 and at the Rollathlon, skater of the Reunion Frédéric Techer (Roller skate Dionysien, FRA) came to win the continental title in Dijon. The least to say is that he didn't make the trip for nothing! He finishes at the sprint in front of another French, Benoit Thiébault (CPB Belleville, FRA). Giant Sutton Atkins (Sk8skool.dk, GBR) gets the bronze.

50-60 category

In the Women's category, Italian Desiana Caniatti (Patinadori Bononia) also skates her race solo. She finishes her marathon more than 10 minutes ahead of French Claudie Duval (CS Brétigny). The third skater is Brenda Paw (Netherlands).

The men's category sees the victory of Spanish Andres de Regil (Spain) in front of regular long-distance skater French Pascal Fernandez (France) and in front of a former European figurehead of quad skating races, Nordine Saidou (France). The two French fought for the honor places at the sprint on the finish line.

60-70 categories

Three female skaters take the start for the +60 race. They finish with only a few minutes difference from each other. Polish Halina Iglowska (KKSW-Krak Rollerblade, POL) outdistances Monika Wohlgemuth (ASV Duisburg, GER) and Christiane Buquant (CS Brétigny, FRA).

The Men's pack of the +60 is better supplied with almost 30 skaters in the running. Kees Missaar (Jan Groot Keukens, NED) wins at the sprint in front of Elhadi Beddiaf (Team France, FRA) and Jacques Houssais (Team France, FRA). The French skated a team race. Elhadi Beddiaf was seized by cramps 20 meters before the finish line and missed the first place by a whisker.

Over 70 category

Only the men have a +70 category. They are 4 to take the start: a Dutch and three German. Harrie Vehof (KNSB Nederland, NED) is a cut above the rest. He finishes his race with a 20-minute lead over the 3 German skaters.

Dijon Roller Marathon 2013

The World Cup and the French Cup Marathon

The Men's race: Bart Swings cuts short on the line

Dijon Roller Marathon 2013Living up to its reputation the Marathon of Dijon will have offered us a festival of breakaways. 89 skaters take the start of that stage of the World Cup. We are waiting for a clash of titans between the Powerslide and EOSkates battalions, with the Swiss Skate Team as a mediator and RPM Poli as a scarecrow.

Yann Guyader (EOSkates, FRA), had his mind set on breaking with the Dijon curse, where he is the eternal runner-up behind Bart Swings (Powerslide Matter World, BEL). With the absence of team mates such as Paxti Peula Cabello (EOSkates, ESP) or Julien Levrard (EOSkates, FRA), he will have to redouble his efforts to get the victory missing on his title list.

The attacks start soon in the race with the Swiss Skate Team, then with the World Champion of the discipline himself, Belgian Bart Swings. But it is his young brother Maarten Swings (Powerslide, BEL) who is going to escape in a long solo breakaway 12 laps before the end (out of 19).

Michael Beddiaf (RIL Lamballe, FRA) strikes back. He wakes the pack up. Niclas Iten (Swiss Skate Team, SUI) lays it on thick, then It is Yann Guyader's turn. Contact is made with the breakaway.

Ewen Fernandez (Powerslide, FRA) sparks things off but Iten keeps vigil and counter attacks. He breaks away alone before being caught up by his team mate Severin Widmer (SUI). The motorcar's speedometer shows more than 55 kph on the downhill false flat. Ewen Fernandez chases with Yann Guyader in his stream. They catch up the breakaways.

Then comes the turn of RPM Poli with Elton de Souza. The orange-and-whites had remained discreet until then. Inexhaustible, Nicolas Iten strikes again. The two men don't skate long together, Nolan Beddiaf (EOSkates, FRA) is already back with Maarten Swings and Guillaume de Mallevoue (Windress, FRA). At the bell, the group is almost caught up by the pack. The final sprint is ineluctable.

Bart Swings lets his top speed do the talking and wins in front of our eternal second of Dijon, Yann Guyader. Nolan Beddiaf takes the 3rd place in front of Ewen Fernandez.

Dijon Roller Marathon 2013

Women's: Clémence Halbout by a whisker

There are only 19 women on the starting line of the World Cup Marathon of Dijon. The EOSkates formation has come in numbers with 5 skaters: Jana Gegner (GER), Juliette Pouydebat (FRA), Justine Halbout (FRA), Jessica Gaudesaboos (BEL) and Seohee Kim (KOR). Facing this armada, there are lonely but talented skaters such as Aleksandra Goss (POL), Clémence Halbout (Windress, FRA), but also Charlotte Laurent (Boissey RS, FRA).

Aleksandra Goss takes the lead of the pack at the start of the race, followed by Anna Muzyka (UKR) who drives the whole EOSkate formation in her stream. Jessica Gaudesaboos will be the first one to try to break away... without success. Then it is her team mate's turn, German Jan Gegner (EOSkates), to launch a sheer attack in answer to a counter-attack. She breaks away for several laps while the rest of her team controls the pack. Alexandra Goss and Clémence Halbout decide to launch the chase. They progressively reduce the distance with the breakaway and finally catch them up. In turn, Clémence Halbout speeds up. EOSkate tries to escape again with Justine Halbout and Juliette Pouydebat but they are quickly caught up.

At the final sprint, EOSkates take the whole width of the track, one may think that this is an assured victory, but it would be without taking into account Clémence Halbout who slides through a bolt hole. She seizes the victory to Jana Gegner thanks to a formidable hawk finish in the last meters. The third place goes to French Juliette Pouydebat.


Once again we have witnessed a great edition of the Marathon of Dijon. The French Cup-European Championships-World Cup combination enables to rally European skaters while a European Cup takes place at the same time. It is the kind of competition we need to make speed skating durable. Yet, let's note the demobilization of lots of French skaters who are exasperated to be stopped before the end of the regulation race time. Some of them came to us telling that they had been brought up short after 1 hour 20 min of race instead of 1 hour 30 min as stipulated in the ruleset. Be careful not to sacrifice the mass to the elite at the risk thinning the packs even more...

Dijon Roller Marathon 2013

Main results

Men's Marathon

1)BartSWINGSBELPowerslide Matter WorldTeam WIC
2)YannGUYADERFRAEOSkates World TeamTeam WIC
3)NolanBEDDIAFFRAEOSkates World TeamTeam WIC
4)EwenFERNANDEZFRAPowerslide Matter WorldTeam WIC
5)SeverinWIDMERSUISwiss-Skate-TeamTeam WIC

Women's Marathon

1)ClémenceHALBOUTFRA2APN AvonWindress
2)JanaGEGNERGEREOSkates World TeamTeam WIC
3)JuliettePOUYDEBATFRAEOSkates World TeamTeam WIC
4)JustineHALBOUTFRAEOSkates World TeamTeam WIC
5)AleksandraGOSSPOLWIC Single AthleteTeam WIC
6)CharlotteLAURENTFRABoissey Roller Skating-
7)MarionKAYFRAPibrac Roller Skating-
8)MuzykaANNAUKRSam Racing Team-
9)JessicaGAUDESABOOSBELEOSkates World TeamTeam WIC
10)SeoheeKIMKORWIC Single AthleteTeam WIC

Arrivée des femmes au marathon roller de Dijon

European Master Championship of Marathon

O30 Women's

  1. Dorthe Olsen (Denmark)
  2. Barbara Bakosova (Slovakia)
  3. Silke Röhr (Germany)

O40 Women's

  1. Karen Teuling (Netherlands)
  2. Karine Malle-Urvoy (France)
  3. Gabriela Schwarz (Germany)

O50 Women's

  1. Desiana Caniatti (Italy)
  2. Claudie Duval (France)
  3. Branda Paw (Netherlands)

O60 Women's

  1. Halina Iglowska (Poland)
  2. Monika Wohlegemuth (Germany)
  3. Christiane Buquant (France)

O30 Men's

  1. Vincent Esnault (France)
  2. Dario Rivaroli (Italy)
  3. Grégoire Leclerc (France)

O40 Men's

  1. Frédéric Techer (France)
  2. Benoit Thiebault (France)
  3. Sutton Atkins (Great Britain) 

O50 Men's

  1. Andres de Regil (Spain)
  2. Pascal Fernandez (France)
  3. Nordine Saidou (France)

O60 Men's

  1. Kees Missaar (Netherlands)
  2. Elhadi Beddiaf (France)
  3. Jacques Houssais (France)

O70 Men's

  1. Vehof Harrie (Netherlands)
  2. Klaus-dieter Langen (Germany)
  3. Klaus Mack (Germany) 

Complete results in PDF and Useful Links

Euro Master Results O30/O50

Euro Master Results O40-O60-O70

Super minis and minis

Poussins and Benjamins


Results of the WIC International Marathon

Photo Gallery of OLS

Photos by Luc Chevrier

Vidéo by Pat Lepan

Photos of AMSports

By Alfathor and Vincent Buin
Photos : Alfathor
Translation: Chloé Seyres
Released  on 12 June 2013 - Read 14512 times

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