The 2012 Inline Speed-skating Championships will start in ten days in Ascoli Piceno (Italy). Different nations are already on site and some skaters have tested the track. Here is the feeling of Ewen Fernandez (France) ...
" This morning, I skated on the track of the 2012 Inline Speed-Skating World Championships in Ascoli Piceno (Italy). This is a real Italian track: it is up, but ends with a curved. It's a little weird at first but got used to it ...
During the fast laps, you can not really go down in the track. You must not stay up either as one might do in Gujan Mestras or Valence d'Agen. Basically, you have to roughly to skate at mid-track in the middle of the bend. I think this will occur nice sprint races with a lot of opportunities to overtake the other skaters. This will change from previous years with a good show in perspective!
For cons, the track is not very fast. I have not completed any lap under 15 seconds. The current record is 15 "6. I did 15" 7.The day of the competition, the fastest laps should be around 15"3 but not below 15 in my opinion.
Today, skaters from Venezuela, Chile, Switzerland, New Zealand and Colombia has arrived. Belgians should follow soon with Bart Swings, Ferre Spruyt and Maarten Swings. "