Thursday Night Skate Barcelona (Oct 9th, 2003)

This was my third time in Barcelona. This time I would join the local skaters on their weekend trip to Vall Fosca in the Pyrenees for some downhill skating. Since I like skating in Barclona very much I decided to arrive on Thursday so I was able to join the Barcelona skaters (www.patinar-bcn.com) on their night skate.

Two other Dutch skaters Saskia and Inge were also present.  The group wasn't very big, about 40 skater which was just the right size for cruising the city. No blockers or skate Patrol, but just keeping an eye on the traffic yourself. At some dangerous points and curves, skaters would stop and warn the others.

As you can tell from the pictures the weather in October is much better in Barcalona than in Holland. We did some nice uphill skating and arrived on the mountain next to the television tower. The highest point in this night's route. From here it was a spectacular ride down. Not much traffic, but still you had to be careful. Not for beginners! Take a look at the video (if you have broadband Internet access :-).

As usual we stopped at Sants train station to get some drinks. From here we skated to Plaša Espanya where the group splitted. My part of the group skated up Mony Juic. From there the did the downhill to Columbus statue. A relaxed skate led us through Port Vell to the olympic village for a drink. We finish around 1:30 am! That was quite a skate :-)

 

Movie: Video of the BCN downhill (21MB)

 

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Plaša de Catalunya
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Gathering for the skate.
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Carlos with Saskia and Inge.
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Skaters getting anxious to start.
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Dos amigos.
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Inge and Saskia speeding.
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Saskia did this heavy night skate on quads!
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In the early stages it's still flat.
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Xavier, GPS :-)
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Crossing a roundabout.
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Time for a drink.
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Still time to relax and socialize.
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Taking in extra water.
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Resting after climbing long and steep hill.
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Now we're "on top" of the city, next to Tibidabo.
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From here it's just going down.
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He is so reflective, he will be at the front of the pack :-)
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For the downhill from here, take a look at the video!
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"Era una ruta muy bien"
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Another excellent skate. Thanks Barcelona!
Peter Nikkel.

peter@nikkel.nl