Vincent De Haître has big dreams on two wheels

Following in the path of Clara Hughes

Vincent De Haître a de grands rêves sur deux roues

De Haître sur les traces de Clara Hughes

The French selection is now known

We now know the Senior and Junior A inline speed skating French selections.

La sélection française est connue

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22 mai 2018

Nouvelles estivales de David La Rue


Le Québécois David La Rue a été pour plusieurs la découverte de l’année en patinage de vitesse longue piste en 2017-2018. Il entame maintenant sa préparation pour la prochaine saison avec de grands objectifs.

Par Jackob Savard
Photos: Schaats Foto’s & Marc-Antoine Caron (Marchands de vitesse)

Ayant tout récemment fait la transition du courte piste au longue piste, La Rue en a surpris plus d’un avec ses performances en Coupe du monde l’an passée. En plus d’avoir compétitionné en Coupe du monde sénior, le Montréalais est aussi parvenu à devenir champion du monde junior au départ en groupe. N'eut été d’une chute lors de la dernière journée, il aurait également été en bonne posture pour remporter le titre de champion du monde junior toutes distances lors de ces championnats. La Rue fait partie, aux côtés d'autres jeunes espoirs canadiens comme Christopher Fiola et Tyson Langelaar, des athlètes ayant les Jeux de 2022 dans leur mire.


Objectifs élevés pour 2018-2019
Après une si belle saison, La Rue ne peut que voir grand pour la suite. Bien qu’il avoue que ses principaux objectifs s’orientent sur ses distances de prédilection que sont le 1000m et le 1500m, il aimerait toucher aux autres distances en Coupe du monde. «Mes objectifs seraient de terminer top 10 au monde sur 1000m et 1500m et de me qualifier en Coupe du monde au 500m, 5000m et au départ en groupe», confit-il. S’il réussit à se qualifier dans toutes ces distances, La Rue prendrait énormément d’expérience la saison prochaine.

Préparation estivale diversifiée
Alors que plusieurs patineurs s’en tiendront au vélo et au longue piste pour leur préparation estivale, David lui, s’entraînera à Montréal en courte piste avec le Centre régional canadien d'entraînement (CRCE) en plus d’y ajouter beaucoup de vélo et deux camps d’entraînement de longue piste à Calgary. «Je compte aussi me remettre au roller cette été, je pense que ça peut être très avantageux pour mon longue piste», explique t-il. Bien qu'il ait délaissé le roller il y à quelques années, La Rue est un excellent patineur à roues alignées. Il a d’ailleurs été membre de l’équipe des Rockets détentrice du record du monde au 24h Montréal depuis 2014. Le patineur de 19 ans aura un programme d’entraînement diversifié cet été qui lui permettra ,espérons le, de réaliser ses objectifs.

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Summer news from David La Rue


Canadian speed skater David La Rue has been one of the biggest surprises of the 2017-2018 season in long track. He recently started his summer preparation and he has big goals for the future!

By Jackob Savard
Photos: Schaats Foto’s & Marc-Antoine Caron (Marchands de vitesse)

The skater, who recently switched from short track to long track, surprised a lot of speed skating fans with his World cup performances last season. Adding to his participation in the World cups, La Rue also managed to be crowned Junior world champion in the mass start. If he hadn’t fall on the last day of racing, he would’ve been in good position to win the Allround world junior champion title. La Rue is one of the young Canadian skaters alongside Christopher Fiola and Tyson Langelaar who are aiming for Beijing 2022.



La Rue is aiming high for 2018-2019
After such an awesome season, La Rue can’t do anything else than aim high for the future. Even if his goals are mostly in his best distances that are the 1000m and the 1500m, La Rue confirmed to us that he will try to see some action in the other distances on the World Cup circuit. “My goals would be to finish in the top 10 in the world in both the 1000m and the 1500m and to qualify for the World cups in the 500m, 5000m and mass start.”, said La Rue. If he qualifies for all these distances, he would get a ton of experience at the international level.

Diversified summer preparation
If some skaters will keep it simple in the summer with only long track and bike trainings, La Rue will have a pretty diverse summer when it comes to training. He will train in Montréal with the short track East Canadian Regional Training Center (CRCE). He will obviously add bike trainings, a long track camp in Calgary and some inline speed skating to his short track training. “I want to get back to inline speed skating a bit because I am sure it could help my long track speed skating strength”, said La Rue. He did not train on the inlines for a couple of season but used to be a great inline skater. He was a member of Team Rockets who owns the 24h of Montreal record since 2014. The 19 years old skater will have quite a different training program than some of his opponents and it could help him achieve his goals.

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21 mai 2018

Results from the Dutch marathon championship

The Dutch marathon championship was raced this weekend in Waarland.

By Jackob Savard
Photo: Schaats Foto’s

The winners of this marathon raced in Waarland had the chance to secure their place on the Dutch team for the European and World championships

Ariens and Roosenboom won in the seniors
Crispijn Ariens from Okay fashion & jeans who was the favorite to win the race, won the marathon with a long breakaway in solo that made him cross the finish line in first position. He maintained a strong pace for more than 15 laps out of 29 to beat a competitive chasing group. Casper de Gier and Chris Huizinga finished 2nd and 3rd.

Even if there were many attacks in the ladies race, it all ended with a sprint. Bianca Roosenboom from XL tulips - Powerslide was the fastest in the last straight line and finished in first ahead of of Elsemieke van Maaren and Lisa van der Geest.


Results
Senior men
1. Crispijn Ariëns
2. Casper de Gier
3. Chris Huizinga
4. Gerwin Smit
5. Ronald Haasjes
6. Marthijn Mulder
7. Sjoerd den Hertog
8. Bart van der Vlugt
9. Bart Hoolwerf
10. Tom den Heijer

Senior women
1. Bianca Roosenboom
2. Elsemieke van Maaren
3. Lisa van der Geest
4. Gerline Crediet
5. Imke Vormeer
6. Marieke Driesprong
7. Jannitta van den Brink-Spigt
8. Manon Kamminga
9. Marijke Groenewoud
10. Kelly Schouten

Junior A men
1. Daan Spruit
2. Teun de Wit
3. Harm Visser

Junior A womem
1. Maaike Verweij
2. Anna van den Bos
3. Bente Kerkhoff

Junior B men
1. Remo Slotegraaf
2. Christian Haasjes
3. Ivo de la Porte

Junior B women
1. Ramona Westerhuis
2. Evelien Vijn
3. Laura Qualm

For the full results click HERE

Résultats du championnat néerlandais de Marathon


Le Championnat de marathon de roller des Pays-Bas s’est déroulé cette fin de semaine à Waarland.

Par Jackob Savard
Photo: Schaats Foto’s

Les gagnants de ce marathon, disputé au village de Waarland, avaient la chance d’assurer leur place sur l’équipe des Pays-Bas en vue des championnats du monde et d’Europe.  

Ariens et Roosenboom chez les séniors
Crispijn Ariens de Okay fashion & jeans, principal favoris pour l'emporter, s’est imposé lors d’une longue échappée en solitaire qui lui a permis de franchir la ligne d’arrivée en première position. Il a maintenu une cadence spectaculaire pendant plus de 15 tours sur 29 pour tenir tête à un dangereux groupe de poursuivants. Casper de Gier et Chris Huizinga ont terminé 2e et 3e.

Même s’il y a eu beaucoup d’attaque dans la course féminine, la victoire s’est jouée au sprint. Bianca Roosenboom de XL tulips - Powerslide a été la plus rapide dans la dernière ligne droite et s’est emparée du titre de championne des Pays-Bas. Elsemieke van Maaren et Lisa van der Geest ont complété le podium.

Résultats:
Senior hommes
1. Crispijn Ariëns
2. Casper de Gier
3. Chris Huizinga
4. Gerwin Smit
5. Ronald Haasjes
6. Marthijn Mulder
7. Sjoerd den Hertog
8. Bart van der Vlugt
9. Bart Hoolwerf
10. Tom den Heijer

Senior femmes
1. Bianca Roosenboom
2. Elsemieke van Maaren
3. Lisa van der Geest
4. Gerline Crediet
5. Imke Vormeer
6. Marieke Driesprong
7. Jannitta van den Brink-Spigt
8. Manon Kamminga
9. Marijke Groenewoud
10. Kelly Schouten

Junior A hommes
1. Daan Spruit
2. Teun de Wit
3. Harm Visser

Junior A femmes
1. Maaike Verweij
2. Anna van den Bos
3. Bente Kerkhoff

Junior B hommes
1. Remo Slotegraaf
2. Christian Haasjes
3. Ivo de la Porte

Junior B femmes
1. Ramona Westerhuis
2. Evelien Vijn
3. Laura Qualm

Pour les résultats complets, cliquez ICI

20 mai 2018

The French selection is now known


We now know the Senior and Junior A inline speed skating French selections.

By Jackob Savard
Photo: Loïc Cousin (Slap’on Photographie)

These skaters are the ones who will participate in the French training camp used to build the national team for the World and European championships later this summer. The senior skaters will have their first training camp from the 26th of May to the 28th while the Juniors will have their own training camp the following weekend.

Our friend Ewen Foussadier, who we talked about last week, achieved his first big goal of the season by making this training team.


Junior A men
Hugo Morin
Ewen Foussadier
Mathéo Kervoelen
Baptiste Allain
Mathieu Belloir
Yvan Sivilier
Marick Guerinel
Erwa Sola
Enzo Darnal

Junior A women
Marie Dupuy
Honorine Barrault
Mathilde Pedronno
Chloé Moulis
Alicia Delhommais

Senior men
Valentin Thiebault
Flavien Foucher
Doucelin Pedicone
Bastien Lhomme
Giovanni Trebouta
Martin Ferrié
Ewen Fernandez
Quentin Giraudeau
Elton de Souza
Timothy Loubineaud
Victor Aerts
Jimmy Jouette
Edwin de Souza
Nolan Beddiaf
Gwendal le Pivert

Senior women
Clémence Halbout
Juliette Pouydebat
Chloé Geoffroy
Marine Lefeuvre
Melissa Bellet
Flavie Ballandras
Joséphine Alliaud
Enora Le Guennec
Maelann Le Roux
Mélanie Lizé

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Vincent De Haître has big dreams on two wheels


From the Olympic Oval in Calgary to the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, ON – Vincent De Haître is a talented dual-sport athlete who looks to build on his previous successes in track cycling during the offseason this summer.

By:  Maria Dalton
Photos by: Schaats Foto’s, Lauriane Genest (@laurianegenest44) & Vincent De Haître’s personal Instagram

Two-time Olympian Vincent De Haître started skating short track at the age of six before making the switch to long track when he moved to Calgary after finishing high school. His breakout season came in 2013-2014 when he competed at his first world cup and qualified, much to his surprise, for the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi. Perhaps most notably, he broke the 1000m Canadian record at the 2017 World Sprint Championships in Calgary, eclipsing the previous mark set my Jeremy Wotherspoon.

Not only is De Haître a force to be reckoned with on skates, but he also excels on two wheels at the velodrome. The current 1000m Canadian record holder competed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow as a member of team Canada’s track cycling squad.  Eager to take part in as many Olympic Games as possible, the 23-year-old from Cumberland, Ontario is looking to make his dream of attending the 2020 games in Tokyo a reality by shifting his focus from skating to track cycling during the off season this summer.

Trading blades for two wheels

“This is going to be a bit more of a serious go at it.” he said of his goal to attend the 2020 games. With the offseason now underway, De Haître is planning his move to Milton, ON where he will spend the summer away from the oval and on the track - “I’m going to give it a serious try and obviously if it doesn’t go well or I’m not fit for it then I’m going to find out by the end of the summer.” He has previously represented Canada in track cycling at the 2014 Commonwealth games in Glasgow, where he only trained specifically for cycling for a month and a half beforehand. He is adamant that if he doesn’t feel competitive in the sport after the summer, that he doesn’t want to take up a spot that could potentially go to someone else. Although it’s hard to say how his training this summer will pan out, his goal is clear: “I want to find out if I’m competitive and if I actually bring something to the team. And if I do, then I want to stay because I mean, I want to go to as many Olympics as possible.”

When asked about the potential trade-offs he could be making by training for one sport over another he had this to say, “I’m hoping we can work something out where I can either do both or maintain some sort of fitness, because physiologically I’m not the most ‘snappy’ person, so there’s no point in only doing snappy stuff if I’m never going to be that great at it. But at the same time, I can’t just do endurance and expect to be fast.” Although Vincent De Haître trains with the endurance guys for skating, he says that in cycling the programs are a lot more divided. That’s why it’s going to be important for him to sit down with the coaches and find out what program they want to put him in. When asked about his prospects in terms of what kind of distances we can expect to see him racing he said this, “I think it would be easier to be a team pursuit cyclist and come back to speed skating, because you’ll always have the base to work from. As a sprinter you have a lot of power, but in speed skating as much as it looks like a power sport it’s actually a sustained power sport because if you go 100% you’re probably going to skate bad, so it’s about how well you can hold 80%. And then in cycling it’s all about giving 100% in sprinting.”



Learning from the past, building for the future

In the beginning it wasn’t always easy for the young man from Milton to enjoy the competition, “picture a horse in a stable, and they only take him out for the race, and the rest is just training, and I almost felt like that […] It created this very negative emotional energy around who I was or who I thought I was.” Over the years he has learned to understand the value in sometimes doing things that don’t seem like they’re going to help you, because in the end that’s what makes you a well-rounded person. De Haître has found lots of success in recent seasons, and talked about how he has learned to better prepare himself mentally for competition: “Racing itself takes a lot of physical energy obviously, but the emotional energy around trying to get yourself mentally prepared to give everything you have is something that is incredibly exhausting. But it’s something that I’ve been able to almost, to a point, master.”

When speaking about his previous Olympic and Commonwealth games experiences he says: “It was knowledge that I couldn’t have gotten any other way.” He hopes to use this experience and knowledge as he moves forward in his career in both cycling, and skating. His goal is to become a consistent top five world cup athlete, and although he finished ranked 7th overall in the 1000m in the World cup standings this season and had some really good races, he also had some bad ones - “Essentially my goal is to have those good performances but just make those bad ones more consistent, which is what I’ve been achieving this last year. And now the goal is to take that knowledge and experience and see if it directly translates to performances in a similar sport.”

One must wonder if such a talented athlete always knew he was going to compete on the world stage, and when asked to recall such a moment, he shared this touching anecdote: “when we’d drive home (from practice), we’d drive by the post office and sometimes my dad would give me the keys to go and get the mail out. Then one day I asked him ‘how do you know if you’re going to the Olympics?’ and my dad said, ‘well you probably get a letter in the mail’, so then every time I’d get to open the mail I was super excited, hoping to get that letter.”

“And I finally did this year.” He said with a chuckle, “Just kidding, they don’t send you a letter.”

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