Central Park, New York, 2 August 2006 (page 1)
Wednesday evening: Skating with Empire Speed Club.
The Empire Speed Club meet every Monday and Wednesday for training in Central Park.
Quote from their homepage: "Wednesday: The real hardcore speedsters come out and
really put the hammer down."
Skating the 9th Avenue (against traffic) towards Central Park.
The "big loop" is 9,7 km/6 miles. We skated three laps in a quite high tempo without stopping.
(The photo is taken from Rockerfeller Center.)
Gathering opposite of Tavern on the Green.
It was unusually hot in New York this week so
only 10 - 15 skaters showed up this evening.
In the north end of the park there is an "interesting" downhill section.
Same as above, continued. Great fun!
(But it was followed by a corresponding uphill section: the Great Hill, also called Cardiac Hill.)
The three laps were completed in less than one hour.
The thermometer now showed 32°C/90°F.
Francisco Ramirez, coach and team manager of Empire Speed, to the right.
The evening ended with an extra lap in conversation tempo.
Continue to page 2: (Monday morning: Central Park and 12th Avenue -> West Street)