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本格的にアイスにチャレンジしている Bart Swings がブログで表彰台に上ったと書いていたので、多分、KPN Marathon Cup - Breda Marathon 40 km だと思いネット調べてみましたが、そんな結果は見つからず。昨日になって、CadoMotus の記事で、Ice Marathon Bクラスだったと判りました。そりゃーそうだ、いきなりAクラスなワケがありません。でも、確実に実力つけて来ていることだけは確かなようです。ちなみに、Aクラスでは Karlo Timmerman が総合順位トップを独走中です。

Swings' ice debute continues

from CadoMotus (Dec. 13, 2010)
A first podium for Bart Swings at the B-grade marathon in Breda (NL) is another step into the right direction: learning to skate on ice blades.

The marathon races in B-grade are a perfect way to gain experience and to skate many laps. "During a race on inlines I just think of the race, but on ice I still have to think on my technique and also on not falling, especially when I'm skating in the group. I hope that changes soon!"


Bart Swings, on the outside edge, one of the most difficult things to learn (C) TIMS

"With one lap to go I took the lead over from Ferre and skated my last lap as fast as possible but in a controlled way, just like last race. I held the lead and came first out of the last corner. I saw Simon Schouten coming, he was sprinting pretty fast, but couldn't really pass me. But eventually he won the race just in front of me."


On the podium, second behind Simon Schouten, in the B-grade marathon race in Breda (C) TIMS

One day after, both Ferre and Bart raced a longtrack race in Eindhoven. On the 1,500 meter Bart's last lap was faster than the first one. "Going into the last lap I was feeling I was going to slow, because I still could accelerate in my final lap." Another lesson learned. 1.59,24 was the time, on difficult ice.

Bart Swings is multiple European and world champion inline skating. But the talented Belgian now has his eye on skates. In The Hague he made his debut in the marathon pack.

NOS Sport: Swings' ice debute continues

Race in Breda: First podium!

by Bart Swings (Dec. 11, 2010)
Today we had a marathon in Breda, it is pretty close to my hometown, only 1hour driving. So I could do first some other things during the day. I studied a little and did some cycling too. I did one hour on my bike to prepare my legs for the race.

At 17.30 the race started, it was a fast race but there weren't so many attempts for breakaways. I tried a couple of times to be in the breakaway especially from the moment there were only 50laps to go. But I never really was in a good breakaway and when I was in a good one, followed the whole peloton. So no real chance to get away. The racing in the pack didn't go as I wanted to. I'm still a little scared/strange in the group. On inline when the race starts I just think at the race but on ice I still have to think on my technique and also on not falling, especially when I'm skating in the group. I hope that changes soon! During the last 10laps I just thought at the final sprint so that's positive!

So the race ended in a field sprint: with 10 laps to go I was pretty good in the front and focusing on staying there! Then came Ferre to the front so I let him in the pack in front of my. It was the first time we really found each other during the final sprint and skate together. During the last laps we sometimes got a little more to the back but Ferre lead us always back to the front by passing in the inside. With 2laps to go we were around 6th position and on the outside tried a group to get to the front, that was the signal for Ferre to go and start our sprint, I followed and behind me was Simon Schouten. On the finish line with one lap to go I took the lead over from Ferre and skated my last lap as fast as possible but in the corners in a controlled way, just like last race. I held the lead and came in first position out of the last corner. I saw Simon Schouten coming, he was pretty fast next to me sprinting but he couldn't really come straight over me. But eventually he won the race just in front of me, third was Niels Mesu and Ferre still finished in fourth position!

So a good race today, I was really close to the win but I'm happy with my first podium and a positive point today was that we could race in a team! Happy to still feel some progression every week!

A portrait of a 19 year old multiple European and World champion; Bart Swings. An exceptional talented skater, feared by all competitors, but quiet and modest. "I never expected to be a champion", he says, at a lounge bar at the Adriatic coast.

Bart Swings - Official site: Race in Breda: First podium!

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