Cambridge

Fri 14 - Sun 16 JULY 2023
Join Asha for a weekend of stops, slides, slopes & stride training while touring the city and countryside around Cambridge.

We’ll work on your stopping methods & slide techniques and make them functional on slopes. You’ll skate a marathon in 2 halves on one day across the flat, smooth Fens and improve your stride & fitness skating.

Trip Itinerary

Optional Friday Night Street Skate 14th July 2023 – 1900 to 2100

Please Note: This is NOT part of the weekend trip (although Asha will be participating).

The local Cambridge Skaters group will schedule their weekly street skate for the Friday in order to welcome any Trippers who wish to add a night skate to their weekend. The level of skating required would be similar to a London Wednesday Night Skate. You can join their Facebook group to see some videos from previous events or to ask further questions.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/256556752098662

Saturday 15th July 2023 – 0945 to 1500

Meeting Point: Cambridge Station at 0930 for 0945 departure

We begin the weekend skating from Cambridge Station (the station nearest to Cambridge City Centre) along the “Southern Busway” cycle path, a smooth track looping through the countryside and quiet residential areas offering interesting and unique lesson spots.

We will work on your stopping techniques and slides (T-Stop, Stepping Plough Stop and Powerslides) and and visit a pump track for those wanting to try it out with Asha‘s special hand hold support. We will also look at your crossovers (forwards or backwards wherever you’re at) plus your downhill descents on a couple of awesome bridges.

Your skills will receive a thorough revision and update and you’ll emerge a more confident skater able to deal with real life situations with refined technique and prowess (that’s the idea anyway).
Total distance 7 miles skating plus lesson time.

You’ll be free in the evening to explore Cambridge off skates.


Sunday 16th July 2022 – 0945 to 1600

Meeting Point: Cambridge North Station at 0930

We focus on your skating stride, efficiency and fitness while skating from Cambridge North Station to Saint Ives (and back), skating a marathon in one day (with a stop for lunch after 13 miles).

Plenty of time to polish your Stride work (improving your Push, Glide and Regroup). We will also play with some drafting and increasing your stamina and looking at arm swing options and how to skate when you feel fatigue (which is normal when skating or training for a marathon). There will also be some skater-specific stretching and yoga both pre and post skate.

The track is completely flat and extremely smooth (much like Holland) and even boasts a windmill along the way!

We aim to arrive back at Cambridge North Station at around 3-4 pm when the trip will end.


Cost

Cost of the trip is £150

We ask for a non-returnable deposit of £50 (balance payable by end May)
or
payment in full (£150) to reserve your place.

Places are strictly limited and we must receive your deposit or full payment in order to reserve you a place on the trip.

Cost includes skate tours, classes and guiding.

Cost does not include accommodation, travel, insurance, meals or drinks.

How To Apply For The Trip:

If you are applying for the trip and we already know you from a previous Skatefresh Trip:

Please email the office at bookings@skatefresh.com to register your interest.

If you have never been on a previous Skatefresh Trip:

Please complete & submit the application form here:
https://skatefresh.com/assessment/

Ability Level Requirements

This trip is NOT appropriate for beginner skaters and all participants must be able to skate and stop confidently (using at least the heel brake). If you do not use a heel brake then you must be able to control your speed and stop on downhill slopes using any other stopping methods. The ability level of participants on the trip needs to be closely matched so that the chosen terrain and average speeds can be appropriate for everyone and allow for greater learning.
Please do NOT make any travel or accommodation arrangements until you have been officially accepted onto the trip (by email).

Travel to/from London

Various trains from Kings Cross Station to Cambridge Station and Cambridge North Stations

There are frequent trains from Cambridge Station to Cambridge North Station with journey times taking just a couple of minutes.

Header photo by Tzenik on Unsplash