The Arena Geisingen international race is the first of a serie of important track races. April 9 - 10 the inline skate season kicks into high gear.
The Geisingen Arena opened it's doors last year and has become the place to be for professional athletes. A roof, a super fast surface and in the centre of Europe. No wonder all CadoMotus World team members have planned to go there and race at the international season opener.
World champion Bart Swings plans to kick of the season in the same way as last year, with a victory. He beat Joey Mantia, Diego Rosero and Scott Arlidge last year, just to name a few. "Of course I would like to start my season as last year, but my winter has been a little different", he says.
"The pre-season is always very important, with big races like Geisingen, Gross Gerau and Heerde. Although I have spent some hours on ice, we trained towards these races. I will be in quite good shape."
"For me racing in Geisingen is an ultimate experience. Everytime I step on the track, it feels like I'm skating with no effort. There is so little resistance, due to the roof and the coating. The corners are fast and accelerating out of the corners is easy with so much grip. There's no such venue around the World."
Manon Kamminga share's Swings' enthusiasm. "For me it is the season kick off literally. High level racing on one of my favourite tracks, yes, I'm looking forward to it", she says, smiling at the poster on which she features. "We will go to Geisingen a few days earlier, to do some extra training sessions on the track."
The races in Geisingen start on April 9 and take 2 days. Many stars have said to compete, among them Yann Guyader, Scott Arlidge and Andres Munoz. Kamminga and Swings take all their team mates with them. Elma de Vries, Bianca Roosenboom, Jana Gegner, Mariska Huisman, Brooke Lochland, Ferre Spruyt, Maarten Swings and Pascal Ramali.