Inline Alpine Skating relates a lot to slalom on skis. Without snow during the summer time, the skaters have transposed their skiing in the snow to skating downhill on asphalt.
The discipline obviously attracts the older skiers but also young thrill-seeker generations. Inline Alpine mixes speed and technique, in competition with opponents. Like Rollerskiing, it is a good method of training for competitors who prepare their winter season.
In slalom, the skaters go for two runs.The aim is to make the best time as possible to win.
The start is given with the command: 'Ready — Set — Go!'. From then on, the skater has 10 seconds to go.Each missed gate is sanctioned by a penalty.The second run is kept for the best 50 men and women only. The list of skaters for the second run is annonced in-between the two runs.
The gates are made of two posts linked by a piece of cloth. In case of too hard a shock, the piece of cloth should be removed easily to avoid risks for the skater.
The distance between the gates varies between 10 and 15 m.
The number of gates varies between 20 and 35 and have two different colors.
A giant slalom is made of bends of small, medium, and large radii. The skaters must have the possibility to choose their lines between the gates.
Skaters compete by pair. The two courses must be as identical as possible.
The two course have different colors.Each course has between 20 and 25 gates.They are at least 6 meters apart.Qualifications are about doing the best time on one run for men and women. The 32 best skaters are qualified for the final phases.The start works with an electronic system activating the two start gates at the same time (just like in BMX and sometimes in SkateCross).The skaters switch courses for their second run.
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