After having seen elite skaters from many countries compete together with leisure skaters in Oropesa del Mar (Spain), Rennes and Dijon (France) followed by Ostrava (Czech Republic), with Berlin (Germany) and Incheon (Korea) still to come, inline speed skaters from around a dozen countries like Columbia, Germany, France, Spain, Belgium, Czech Republic, New Zealand, India, Italy or Venezuela have now come to race on the banks of the Songhua River in Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang Province.
Teams from Powerslide Matter Racing, EOSkates, Rollerblade, Arma, Castelllon Spain Roller Marathon, In-Gravity, Czech National, New Zealand will battle for WIC points. Patxi Peula, the Spanish champion from 2017 will try to defend his title against top athletes like the new World Champions Felix Rijhnen, Bart Swings (both Powerslide Matter World Team) and Ewen Fernandez (Rollerblade World Team).
Also, the current leader of the WIC ranking, Eugenio Landete Marquina (In-Gravity International Team) will try to maintain his and his team’s current leadership together with his teammates Alexander Bastidas (Venezuela), David Morell (Spain) and Inigo Fernandez (Spain).
Strong starter field also in the women’s race
There will also be tough competition in the women’s race. With top skaters like Katharina Rumpus (Powerslide Matter Racing Team), Aura Quintana Herrera (EOSkates World Team) from Columbia, Anna Odlazek from Slovenia, Sandrine Tas (Powerslide Matter Racing Team) or Maialen Jimenez from the Castellon Spain Roller Marathon Team it will be a hard race.
After Harbin, the cup will see its climax at the final race held this year in Berlin (Germany) at the world’s largest Inline Marathon on 15th September. The date of the race in Incheon (Korea) will be announced as soon as possible.