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Old April 30th, 2008, 09:34 PM   #1
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Default Last World Speed Skating Championships With Quad Skates?

Which speed skating world championship event was the last one to include any skaters on quad roller skates? Did the switch from quad roller skates to inline skates at the speed roller skating worlds happen all at once or over a period of years?

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Old April 30th, 2008, 10:26 PM   #2
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I was sort of wondering if at some point in the transition there were quadders and inliners going head to head...
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In the early 90s, like 90-91, they were racing mixed together, and I know in 92 they were separated for nationals - but that was just for races here in the US. Worlds changed to inlines around that same time but I'm not sure of the exact year.
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Old May 1st, 2008, 12:49 AM   #4
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I was sort of wondering if at some point in the transition there were quadders and inliners going head to head...
There certainly was down here...I remember racing inliners outdoors on ashphalt in the wet at one of the bigger race meets in 1992. I was primarily on inlines at the time, but when it rained I went back to my quads for the extra grip. It was an interesting race - I couldn't quite keep up with the pace on the straights, but I could crank through the corners much harder than the inliners who had next to zero grip. I think I placed third or fourth in that one.

The transition to inlines in Australia was pretty quick; pretty much everyone switched in about a 12 month period around 91-1992, if memory serves. By 94 there were zero quads in races, even though it was still legal at the time (mixed inline-quad races are no longer allowed).

As soon as we all saw how much faster inlines were, everyone either dashed out and bought 'em pretty much overnight, or hung up their skates in disgust.
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Interesting that they did race together for a bit. Cool story about the rain, Merlin. Thanks.
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Old May 1st, 2008, 02:23 PM   #6
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I always heard that the inliners arrived in 1992 in the World Championships and winning all or most of the titles.
But I don't know myself as I stopped in 1986. I can't be sure.
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