[Editor's Note. This is something that was emailed to me from Scott Peer. I thought it was pertinent to readers of Nose Wheelie, threw some HTML codes around it, and posted it].
The start of the 1999 downhill inline season is just over a month away. As some of you may have heard, the ESPN X Games inline downhill has been canceled. However, there should be several races to choose from in the western US, and many races in Europe. There will be a variety of races: some races will be good for first time downhill racers, and some will be much more challenging than the X Games.
In order to help you decide which races to enter, I've provided contacts, personal opinions, and web sites that I know about for races in the western US. Please note that many of these dates are tentative, so be sure to confirm all the details with the organizers. But the April 30-May 1 race in Utah is solid!
Something to be aware of is that inline racers will have to wear protection similar to the luge pilots for most US races: full leathers (or kevlar suit), leather gloves, and a full face helmet. Some organizers may allow some exceptions, but if you plan to compete you should buy the gear and get used to it in your training. But don't worry, you can suit up pretty inexpensively, and you may even be able to borrow some gear for your first race.
If you'd like to join me for some downhill training sometime, please contact me. There are only a few of us training downhill, and we're always looking for more skaters to join us!
See you at the races, Scott Peer.
Apr30-May1 St George, Utah--IGSA X Games luge and speedboard qualifier. This will include street luge, speedboarding, and inline downhill. The course is 0.6 miles long, with 2 sweeping turns and some chicanes. It won't be a qualifier for the X Games inline downhill, since that event has been canceled. But it will count towards the AIS season points total.
(602)677-9511 (AIS, who is sanctioning the inline portion)
July ? Flagstaff, AZ--AIS downhill (luge, standup, inline). This is slated to run a 1 mile (approximate) course with nice natural turns.
AIS is still planning this, and more details are to follow.
July-November West LA College--Inline GS and Skates and Gates Slalom. This will be the seventh year for this skate-to-ski type series. There will be several Sundays again this year, dates TBD. This is a good simulation of alpine ski racing right in LA. Cheap (under $10), great location, lots of fun and excellent training for all levels. There are separate courses for beginners and advanced skaters, and a big parking lot. Skateboards are always welcome, too. Be there!
July 31? Mammoth Lakes, CA--Inline and skateboard giant slalom. This event is still in its early planning phase. It should include a giant slalom and possibly more events at the Canyon Lodge, on a 1/4 mile hill in the parking lot. It should be suited to new racers as well as pros, and may allow racers to compete without leathers in some of the competitions.
Aug 7? LA area, CA--FIGR dual downhill sprint (skateboard,
inline). This should be a fun race, and the $35 entry will include lots of goodies, like T shirts and a BBQ. The top speeds will only be around 45mph, making it a good entry level race, although there will be both pro and amateur divisions.
(949)722-1800x26 (Beau Brown)
Aug 28-29 Glendora Mtn. Road, CA--RAIL Triple Crown (7 mi, luge + inline). This is the classic course! Inline downhill should run on a 3 mile section, with some tough switchbacks. This is suitable for experienced downhillers only, it is much more challenging and dangerous than any of the 1998 US races.
TBD Mammoth Lakes, CA--Mammoth Downhill Skate Festival (1.3mi). The second year of this event will have limited inline entries. The course is a real thigh burner, with times over 2 minutes, all tucking. The turns are easy, and speeds not very high (mostly under 50). The pavement is fairly rough and has cracks to add challenge. At an elevation of 8000 feet the air is cool and clear, and the scenery is beautiful.
Oct ? California?--AIS Record Madness (inline, luge, standup,
GPV, ...). The location and permits are in progress. This will hopefully be the event to break the 70 mph barrier. Plus a downhill with some gnarly switchback turns is anticipated on the same weekend. Don't miss this one!
(Note: this is not an entry level race).
November 7? West LA College--Inline Skates and Gates Slalom Championships. This will be the seventh year for this skate-to-ski type event. This is a good simulation of alpine ski racing right in LA. Super cheap (probably under $10), great location, lots of fun and competitive racing for all levels. There are separate courses for beginners and advanced skaters, and a big parking lot. Skateboards are always welcome, too. Be there!