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Old August 28th, 2007, 08:43 AM   #1
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Default Report of Bornholmrundt 2007 (100km)

Here is a short report about my participation at the 100km race around the island of Bornholm in Denmark on 12th of August 2007.

We took off at 08:00 in the morning. On the first 2 or 3 kms the usual sorting took place and I finally managed to stay in the second train and even do some work at the front of it. This train stayed together the whole race, picked up some skaters who fell back from the leading pack and only lost one at the end - I will come back to this later.

Weather conditions were optimal: 17 degrees Celsius, almost no wind, cloudy to foggy. Sometimes I thought I felt some drops, but that might also have been the sweat of skaters in front of me in the train...

These conditions probably contributed much to the fact that the winner, Johan Hamas from Stockholm, Sweden, reached the finish line in a new record time of 3:09:34, beating Claus Hechman from Danmark (who won two years ago) by only 5 seconds. The fight for the third place 5 minutes later was even closer: Only 1 second separated Lars Thomsen (last year's winner) from Mickey Ankerstrom, both local Bornholm skaters.

Street conditions were okay. No black ice, but also not too rough tarmac. Only a 500m long section had fresh gravel from road works. But the cars had already cleared some of it away, so it was not a major issue.

The route itself goes up and down almost like "Rutschebahnen" in Copenhagen's Tivoli (my favourite rollercoaster), highest reached altitude at about 120m above sea level. I myself was astonished how little effect the hills had on me and the group. And going downhill was a high speed pleasure, with Michal Thomsen (brother of Lars) volunteering to plough through the air as a big locomotive for our group (he was by far the tallest and strongest in our train).
One long downhill section has a slope gradient of 8%, which would have lead to dangerous velocities so there was a deviation on a small cycling road with a sharp curve. Before the start there was a warning that skaters going down the main road would be disqualified. But from my train only a Polish skater and me took the long way. It was a hard fight to reach the group again, although they obviously skated a little bit slower to "wait" for us. No one was disqualified, but at least I have now an easy excused, what happened to me at km 80: I started to cramp in my upper legs. Two times I fell behind, but managed to reach the group again. The third time I was lost. Fortunately this was only 5km before the end, but these 5km were long enough to loose 2.5 minutes compared to them until reaching the finish line after 3 hours 39 minutes.
Only there I noticed that the screw holding the lower end of the "power strap" had gone loose, so may be that was the reason that I slowed down? No idea, because I don't know when this happened. Probably it had no big effect, because I never felt unstable in that shoe despite of the defect.

Participation at the 100k race was at about 55 skaters. The "short version", a marathon, had about the same number of participants and with a winner's time of 1:28:28 the latter was a quite slow one. My guess is that the more ambitious skaters go for the 100k opportunity.

The race was on the cover page of the local newspaper "Bornholms Tidende" the next day, but only after buying a dictionary Danish-German and doing a word by word translation I found out what the title meant:
"Going downhill", also meaning "Going downwards".
A full page in the sports section featured several stories about some participants, but the main message took up the second meaning of the headline: The organizers dreamt of reaching a much bigger size of the event with at least 1.000 skaters, but instead the number of participants decreased a little bit. They were even not sure if they will find enough volunteers for the event in the future. So from what I understood from my basic translation the race is endangered. This would be a pity, because the organization was perfect, and Bornholm is a beauty (see below). Nevertheless I have to admit that I would not have come to this remote location just for the race. I was mainly here for the summer holidays with my family.

Will I do a 100 km again? Probably yes. I did a running marathon in spring 2006 in about the same time (3:53) - and after that I said "never again". The pain was much bigger then, although my time was 185% of the winner's time - compared to only 115% when skating Bornholmrundt. In any case I will always prefer a long distance skate race compared
to running, because only as skater in a group you can feel the team spirit to share the load of the headwind.

If you would like to see some pictures of the race then check
http://www.vark.dk/galleri/bornholm2007/index.html
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http://www.wriggelingbottoms.com/gallery.asp?ID=38

There is even a report from the local TV station in the net:
http://www.tv2regionerne.dk/reg2005/...?id=378243&r=8

Long distance regards
Clemens

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PS: Some impressions of Bornholm:

This is the panorama from the lighthouse at the south east corner of Bornholm:

By the way: A new skating discipline was founded here, see
http://www.skatelogforum.com/forums/...ad.php?p=63329

This is the "reverse" panorama:

BTW: The sand here is so fine that it was industrially used for hourglasses some decades ago.

The beach is not very crowded:








Bornholm is a paradise for cyclers and skaters. There is an extensive network of cycling pathes and small roads with almost no traffic.



It's a paradise for cows, too ...



...as well as for windmills.


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Old August 28th, 2007, 11:29 AM   #2
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Great report and photos as always Clemens. Sorry to hear about the end of race cramping, but glad you completed the task.
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Old August 29th, 2007, 02:08 PM   #3
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Yes, it was a really nice race with a lots of uphill in the first 40 km. I am quite happy with my time, 3.09, hopefully i have a chance to beat that next year ;-)

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Old September 2nd, 2007, 12:00 PM   #5
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Clemens, thank you very much for writing up a quite exotic race report and adding some awesome pics. I clicked through the links you provided, and really liked one picture of a skaters' group seen from a distance in the mist. Catching up is really hard - I'm not astonished you got cramps, the effort is so disproportionate to speeding along in a paceline.
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Yes, it was a really nice race with a lots of uphill in the first 40 km. I am quite happy with my time, 3.09, hopefully i have a chance to beat that next year ;-)
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OMG... is this THE Johan Hamas, Swedish speedskating champion, who finished #1 at Bornholmrundt and also at many many other races in the past? People... we are in the presence of speed skating royalty!

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OMG... is this THE Johan Hamas, Swedish speedskating champion, who finished #1 at Bornholmrundt and also at many many other races in the past? People... we are in the presence of speed skating royalty!

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