Inline speed skating is a fast-paced sport, with top athletes reaching speeds of up to 50km per hour. Speed skating events are usually held on closed road circuits or indoor roller rinks, or tracks with banked corners. A typical skate set-up usually features four wheels (110mm diameter) and three wheels (125mm diameter). Top lever racers usually wear a skin suit, gloves, and helmet (all resembling those used in cycling road races). Younger skaters, those new to the sport, and less skilled skaters tend to use wrist guards, knee pads, elbow pads, and mouth guards.
ABOUT SPEED SKATING
An exciting and physically demanding sport, speed skating is formed by three disciplines:
Indoor track racing takes place on an oval track measured out on a flat even skating surface. Most indoor skating practices and races are held in roller rinks, gymnasiums, or rinks. A typical indoor race course is 100-meters in length and uses four cones making two curves.
Road races are run on varied surfaces. The typical distance for a road circuit is between 240-meters and 700-meters, and the circuit must have a minimum width of 5-meters Marathons can be held on longer road courses, usually on roads, ranging from 2km loop to a 42km point-to-point course.
Banked track racing makes use of a 200-meter standard track with banked (inclined) corners. The track is standard in terms of length, width, height of the banking, and radius of the turns.
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