Each participant for Vrhnika halfmarathon (registration on http://ntvrhnika.si/en/rolanje/) will receive a gift bag. Gift bags in Vrhnika last year were very rich in items and this year our sponsor Bont (www.bont.si www.bont.com) has provided us with a special surprise. Want to take a sneak peek what that might be? Assemble the jigsaw below and you will find out - then post a comment with your time on our Facebook, and some feedback to let us know how you are going to use it and if you like it!
Register now on http://ntvrhnika.si/en/rolanje/ to ensure that you get your surprise gift in the gift bag!
Sunny day in Normandy Rennes and a bit changed circuit from last year awaited the competitors on second race for World Inline Cup. Strong field with a lot of French skaters has meant that peloton was down to best 12 skaters in matter of few laps and the attacks kept the adrenaline high. Ana Odlazek calmly followed and covered attacks with one of her own few laps to go, but it was by then already obvious that group sprint will decide the winner. In last lap we seen an early jump to last climb, which was used as spring board for other competitors and Ana picked the wrong group going uphill so she lost couple of places she could not gain on the downhill to the finish line. She managed to pass 2 more skaters before finish line where she placed 8th overall.
As a first Slovenian to get on podium on overall classificaion of World Inline Cup, Ana Odlazek stepped on 2nd step on the award ceremony after Berlin marathon. Her performances during the season were consistent enough to put her ahead of the 3rd place, but not perfect enough to get close to 1st place. However 2nd place in general classification of World Inline Cup for Ana Odlazek is achievement nobody in Slovenia dared to dream before start of the 2016 season. All club members and supporters are very proud of Ana's achievement which puts Slovenia high on inline speed skating map.
Ana Odlazek is winner of Austrian Inline Cup 2017. What is even more remakrable is that Tadeja Donko finished 4th overall, while young Neza Tretnjak finished 5th. The great results of women team are still unmatched by men, but Peter Korez with 8th place is getting closer to podium and Grega Jancigar's 19th place is also a top achievement among more than 250 competitors.
Third race for World Inline Cup was in Ostrava. In a sunny weather and not so high temperatures Ana Odlazek again chose agressive tactics to fight for best positions. Her first attack was successfull, but then Katharina Rumpus attacked from bunch with Katerina Novotna in the draft and they soon caught and passed Ana who was unable to follow their pace. Soon after she dropped back to bunch where they were all racing for final spot on podium. That meant the pace dropped a lot from time to time as nobody wanted to lead.