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Q: In-line skating ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: In-line skating
Category: Sports and Recreation > Outdoors
Asked by: spectrumeng-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 25 Jul 2002 11:29 PDT
Expires: 24 Aug 2002 11:29 PDT
Question ID: 45076
How fast can in-line skaters go?
Are there any published reliable in-line skating speed test results?
What is an average in-line skating speed on a level road or sidewalk?
Not professionals skating, but general public skaters.
Subject: Re: In-line skating
Answered By: grimace-ga on 25 Jul 2002 11:59 PDT

Thanks for your question.

According to this (rather old) site, the top speed recorded by an
in-line skater in 1999 was a rather scary 68.2 mph.

How In-line Skates Got Rolling

While this (evidently rather disapproving) skating site puts the
figure even higher for downhill skating:

"Skating downhill is also potentially dangerous. It doesn't take much
of a hill to get rolling at a speed well beyond your comfort level.
Skaters have been clocked at greater than 70 mph on highway grades--on

The Orbit: The Slopes - Let's Get Down!

Top speeds are apparently measured during competitive skating using
the kind of 'speed gun' which traffic policeman use to clock a
speeding car.

Other articles on the site come closer to defining 'normal' speeds. 

"The math says I averaged just under 15 mph to complete the marathon
distance in 1 hour and 42 minutes."

The Orbit: My Summer Sabbatical As A Skate Pro

"According to studies done by Rollerblade in 1991, during a 30-minute
period, a skater going 8-10 miles per hour expends 285 calories at an
average heart rate of about 148."

Get Rolling FAQs

According to this site, a sensible average speed for keeping fit is,
similarly, about 10 mph:

Rollerblade.Com: Ten Week Workout

The consensus, then, seems to be that speeds for normal skating are
about ten -twelve miles per hour.

Some other links which you might find useful:

TeamRollerblade.Com: Speed Skating


I hope this answers your question, but please ask for clarification if
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