/ Roller Skiing with Poles in the Uk
Have a few mates who do it regularly in the parks in London, wouldn't do it on the roads but there are heaps of places you can go to do it:
In Germany there was a 10k cycle track from my flat to work, used to do it in the summer, great phys.
There's a regular crowd in Richmond Park. Probably wildly imprudent where you are likely to encounter traffic
I used to train on the Cairngorm ski road. We did have a sign that we put out though. I couldnt imagine doing it on roads in a town though especially if skating as you would probably scratch a few cars. I found cycle paths are a pretty good option as they are a decent width.
Yep, width that you will fill nicely with your spike tipped poles!
Google, or better "youTube": "skiking" or "skikes". The off-road version of roller-skiing. No reason to stick to the cycle-paths any more... There are no limits to man's inventiveness.
I tend to use an old railway line which is now a cycle route, I hardly ever see cyclists on it just dog walkers who look at you very oddly.
There is far too much bad blood between cyclists and motorists in my opinion. If anything is going to improve the relationship between them then it is a bunch of roller skiers flailing around with enormous metal poles, scratching cars and denting cyclists as they carve around the slopes of our cities and tuck through red lights at 30mph.
I heartily approve!
I see lots of people using them with quite big wheels now, maybe 20 cm diametre? Anyway, they work fine on gravel cycle paths of which we have a lot, although I'm sure they would still get stuck in real mud.
I find that as long as you dont have head phones in and are aware of other users there isnt a problem, I just move out the way if someone is coming.
There used to be a grass skiing thing on Butser hill on the south downs using what can only be described as mini tank tracks on skis
Seen people doing this uphill in the Alps (XC style), and to their credit French drivers probably give them even more space than they do bikes. You'd get intentionally mown down after about 5 minutes in this country.
> There used to be a grass skiing thing on Butser hill on the south downs using what can only be described as mini tank tracks on skis
I did a bit of that once many moons ago when my parents packed me off on a PGL week in wales one summer - I could already ski a bit so was ok but pretty much everyone finished up battered and bruised inside the first ten minutes. One lad, one of three skinheads from inner london somewhere who I don't think had ever been to 'the country' before, managed about five metres before he fell and broke his leg...
BUT I discovered a dirt running track (in regents park near the Zoo) which was perfect: slowed you right down, easy to stop, no dangers and the poles could actually get a grip!
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