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Old August 14th, 2016, 07:39 PM   #1
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Default Flanders Grand Prix

Flanders Grand Prix: August 12-14

Three days of road and track racing in Belgium.
Lots of great photos, videos and results here:
https://www.facebook.com/flandersgra...ref=ts&fref=ts




And now for my usual 125mm comments

125's were legal for the road race.
Bart won the men's 30k road race with a big lead on 125's. Strangely, Felix ended up way back in 8th place on 125's. I think everyone else in the top 10 was on 110's.
Sadrine Tas dominated the road race (and almost every women's race) on 3x110+100. Bianca Roosenboom got 2nd place on the road with 125's, but nearly all of the other top women were on 3x110+100 or 4x110. I think even Erin Jackson was on 3x110+100.









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Old August 15th, 2016, 09:14 PM   #2
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Until 125's are allowed in all events and the top skaters train on them all the time, I don't think we will have a clear picture of their capabilities. 125's seem to favor skaters with longer strides and more glide which is the same thing that happened with 110's back in the 2008-2009. In the midwest, the most successful marathon skater so far this year has been an ice skater skating with ice technique on borrowed 125's.
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I find it interesting that Bart is on the new profile Blue hubs vs new G13's. I have both and like the wide blue hubs better. IMO I hope PS stops making the thin profile.
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Until 125's are allowed in all events and the top skaters train on them all the time, I don't think we will have a clear picture of their capabilities.
I agree. That is definitely true. A few more generations of wheel/hub development will also help.

On the other hand, Felix has many years of experience on 125's, and quite a few lesser known skaters beat him in the road race on 110's (of course anyone can have a bad day). People have been frequently claiming that with current technology and current regulations, it's difficult or impossible to keep up on 110's, and I keep hearing that the guys/gals on 125's are just "walking away" from the others on 110's. I'm just a little bit skeptical about some of these claims.

On a completely different note...
It's great to see a few race reports, photos and videos in the "speed events" section. I miss the old days of racereports.net.
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Old August 16th, 2016, 07:08 PM   #5
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In the midwest, the most successful marathon skater so far this year has been an ice skater skating with ice technique on borrowed 125's.
Lets not forget that he is also a word class professional athlete. Same with his sister.
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