Mon November 6, 2023
Next weekend the skaters will open the new World Cup season in Japan. Our country sends 6 participants to Obihiro. For the first time in 10 years, Bart Swings will also ride the team pursuit there.
Olympic champion Bart Swings can enjoy his first mass start of the season in Japan. In addition, the top skater also wants to shine in the 5,000 meters and in the team pursuit.
For the team pursuit, a speed race over 8 laps, he can count on newcomers Jason Suttels and Indra Médard. Just like Swings, they come from the inline skating world.
At the beginning of his skating career, Swings already rode the team pursuit. Then he formed a team with his brother Maarten Swings and Ferre Spruyt.
WB Obihiro (Jap): Belgian participants
- Indra Medard
- Jason Suttels
- Bart Swings
- Sandrine Tas
- Isabelle van Elst
- Mathias Voste
A number of prominent Dutch people, including Irene Schouten, will suit up for the first match because the journey to Obihiro takes about 24 hours. They will participate in the second World Cup competition, which is scheduled for a week later in Beijing.
|skating season 2023-2024|
|November 10-12||World Cup in Obihiro (Jap)|
|November 17-19||World Cup in Beijing (Chn)|
|December 1-3||World Cup in Stavanger (Noo)|
|December 8-10||World Cup in Tomaszow Mazowiecki (Pol)|
|January 5-7||European Championships in Heerenveen (Netherlands)|
|January 26-28||World Cup in Salt Lake City (USA)|
|February 2-4||World Cup in Québec (Can)|
|February 15-18||World Championship distances in Calgary (Can)|
|March 7-10||World Allround Championships in Inzell (Germany)|