Join Asha for the first ever Skatefresh UK Trip (by popular request from our European skate Trippers). Two days of skating fun, touring and lesson time in London and the countryside Fens area (outside Cambridge).
This trip will be perfect training for anyone doing the Berlin marathon in September but it’s not exclusively for this purpose. The trip will help you hone your speed skating technique as well as your urban street skating. We’ll try to rid you of any bad habits such as inside edge pronation or V-ing on your set down. Both days will be a great workout and a chance to skate in an un-crowded rural countryside setting (a nice change for most of us city skaters) as well as to see London’s main sights on your wheels.
Day 1: Saturday 17th August – The Cambridge Fens
The Trip begins just outside Cambridge at Cambridge North Station at 09:45am (you can meet Asha there or travel with her by train from London, see below). At 10am we begin our skate from Cambridge North and return there later in the afternoon. The track is car free and runs along an old railway track and is probably the smoothest tarmac we’ve seen in the UK. Perfect for marathon, distance or street skate training. We will focus on Fitness and Speed Skating Training and we’ll cover 26 miles over the day (13 miles each way to our lunch spot in St Ives and back).
Lesson time during Saturday will focus on Stride work (improving your Push, Glide and Regroup). We will also play with some drafting practice and increasing your stamina and looking at arm swing options and how to skate when you feel fatigued (which is normal when skating a marathon). There will also be some skater specific yoga/stretching post skate.
You will have Saturday evening free.
We are aware of the part closure of the Busway and we will be following the alternative route provided which includes some marshalled street skating (to avoid very rough and narrow parts of the diversion).
Day 2: Sunday 18th August – London Sightseeing and Street Skating
Morning: London Sightseeing on Skates
Sunday begins in Hyde Park at 10.00 with a review of street skating skills (emergency stops, rough surfaces, curbs, obstacles etc), followed by a city centre street skate showing you Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly, Soho and Oxford Street, returning to Hyde Park.
Afternoon: Sunday Stroll Street Skate
After lunch we’ll join London’s Sunday Stroll Street Skate with several hundred other skaters (and music) leaving Hyde Park at 2pm for a tourist-inspired route, ending back in the park by 4pm. For those that still have the legs for more there will be an optional park hang out with slalom, dance and class time.
The price includes all skate time, guiding and teaching.
The price does not include any public transport such as the train to Cambridge North Station or food & drink.
London Friday Night Skate
This trip does not include the London Friday Night Skate but for those skaters who are fast enough and visiting from Europe, you are of course free to participate. The Friday Night Skate in London is the fastest of all the street skates so be prepared to perhaps be left behind (if you aren’t fast enough over longer distances), so bring your shoes and money to get home should the skate overtake you and you find yourself alone…!
How To Book
The minimum ability level for this trip is: Intermediate.
To book your place please contact Trish: firstname.lastname@example.org. If we don’t know your skating level we will send you a questionnaire to complete and Asha may require a video of your skating to be sure you have the skills needed to keep up with the group.
Important: Please do not book any accommodation, tickets or transport until you have been accepted on the Trip.
A minimum requirement is that you are already skating the Wednesday night London Street Skate (or something similar). Some of you won’t have had much street skating experience but this weekend will help you develop the speed and skills necessary.
Getting to Cambridge North Station from London
If you are travelling from London by train, we will meet on the 08.42 train from Kings Cross to Cambridge North Station arriving at 09.38.
Once you’ve been accepted on the Trip, you will need to book your train ticket from Kings Cross/St Pancras station in London to Cambridge North (approx. 1 hour). Buy a super off-peak day-return ticket which means you can return to London on any train at the end of the day. You might even choose to spend the evening in Cambridge which is a famous and beautiful university city, returning to London later in the evening.
You’ll need a rucksack for your things (but try to pack light), water, plus sunscreen and protective gear and helmet, light rain jacket just in case…., money for lunch.
UK based skaters who would like to attend either the Saturday or Sunday will be accepted at the last minute only if there are spaces available. Please register your interest with Trish at email@example.com.