On 07 August 2013 at 14:08 | updated on 08 August 2013 at 17:58

The facilities of the 2013 World Championships of Speed Skating

The facilities of the 2013 World Championships of Speed Skating

15 days before the kick-off of the 2013 World Championships of Speed Skating, let's get off on a jaunt to Oostende and Zandvoorde and discover the places that will host the competitions from August 22 to 31...


Two cities, one event 

About Oostende

La piste de roller de ZanvoordeThe ethymology of “Oostende” is quite simple: in Dutch, “Oost” means “East” and “Ende” means “End”.

Oostende is a seaside resort and a port in the province of west Flanders, in Belgium. It has ones of the most beautiful beaches of the country, which are very popular for surfing.

A skating city

The city of 72.000 already hosted the World Championships in 1981, 1991 and 2002. It was also the place of the European Championships of 1979, 1987, 1995, 1999 and 2009. The least to say is that there is a strong skating culture there.

The track of Zandvoorde

The speed skating track of the Worlds dates from 1973. It is the home of the Zwaantjes Rollerclub (ZRC). Much more than a simple renovation, the track has been completely redone!

The straight lines have been extended and the bends are tighter to meet the international standards. Moreover the rolling surface was done in 2012 by Vesmaco. The 2012 Grand Prix of Flandres was the occasion for the skaters to test the new surface in preparation for the 2013 World Championships. This year again, the 2013 edition of the Grand Prix of Flandres will serve as a preparation, a few days before D-day.

The track of Zandvoorde


8400 Zandvoorde

The road circuit

Located directly nearby the track, the road circuit covered with asphalt spreads over 495 meters. It goes along the parking close to the track and has no particular difficulty.

Le circuit routier du mondial course 2013

The marathon circuit

Let's go downtown in the streets Alfons Pieterslaan, Leopold II-lan, Karel Janssenslaan and Rogier-laan. The square circuit presents no major difficulty and is about 1.35 km on main highways with straight lines and 90-degree turns.

Le circuit du marathon du mondial course 2013


Ostende on wikipedia

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