Rotterdam11 - 13 September 2020
Join Asha for 3 days of skating, touring and lesson time in and around the Dutch city of Rotterdam
Holland is every skater’s dream – miles and miles of high quality tarmac and not a hill in sight!
The city of Rotterdam is famous for its port, the biggest container port in Europe. Historically fascinating, and left virtually derelict at the end of World War 2, the new city has risen from the ashes with stunning architecture and beautiful green parks, all connected by a maze of canals and cycle tracks.
One of Skatefresh’s original trippers lives in the city and will be our chief marshal.
Rotterdam is easy to travel to as well, with Eurostar from Central London in less than 4 hrs and only one hour’s flight from London City Airport.
Friday 11 September 2020
We kick off the Rotterdam Trip by meeting at Centraal Station at 18:30 and travelling 30mins to Utrecht where we will join the local Friday Night Skate (as Rotterdam doesn’t have a night skate). We’ll return by train after the night skate.
Saturday 12 September 2020
We’ll meet at Centraal Station and within 15 mins be out in the countryside, counting
windmills and enjoying the kms of smooth, flat, high quality Dutch tarmac.
The focus of this trip will be your skating stride with Asha on hand to correct your faults and
enhance your efficiency. The average speed of this trip will be slightly higher than normal
Skatefresh Trips so that faster skaters can stretch their legs with longer sections between
rests. Nowhere is better suited to this than Holland and its’ countryside network of paths
We will follow the Rotte River and have a late group lunch en route and a shorter post lunch
skate to return to Rotterdam via Kralingse Plas. You’ll be free in the evening to rest and eat.
Sunday 13 September 2020
Starting again from Centraal Station we’ll embark on the Rotterdam City Tour, seeing all the
major sights including the harbour area and Schiedam and return to the city from the south
west via a tunnel. We will stop for lunch somewhere with a selection of restaurants to
choose from. We will aim to finish the tour by 3:30pm-4pm with final drinks and farewells.
As with all Skatefresh Trips there will also be lesson time built into the tour to work on other
skills, primarily stopping skills from higher speeds (using combinations of slowing and
stopping skills), as well as slides, jumps, crossovers and backwards. You will leave this trip a
more rounded skater with a deeper understanding and practice of what makes for a good
looking skating stride.
Cost of the trip is £150
We ask for a non-returnable deposit of £50 to reserve your place. Balance payable by end July 2020.
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 Trish at firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
If you have never been on a previous Skatefresh Trip:
Please email Trish at email@example.com and she will send you a questionnaire about your skating skills and instructions for filming a video of yourself skating to support your application.
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).
Meeting Point for all 3 skates;
Stationsplein 2, 3013 AJ Rotterdam
Travel and Accommodation
Once you have been accepted onto the Trip after Registration, you should make your travel and accommodation bookings.
Skaters are recommended to choose accommodation close to the meeting point to reduce your travel times and maximise your sleep/recovery time!
TRAVEL from London
By Train: London St Pancras to Rotterdam, 4hrs from £80
By Air: London City Airport to Rotterdam – several 1hr daily flights from £140.
By Car: Overnight ferry from Hull to Rotterdam – £322 for 2 passengers, includes inside cabin.
Photo by Mike van den Bos on Unsplash