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Inline Skating Across the Oresund Bridge

Photo Gallery 1

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Race Across the Oresund Bridge
  • from Denmark to Sweden
  • Photos from June 10, 2000
  • Part 1 of 4 - Before the Race


    The Bridge Viewed from Sweden
    Copyright © 2000 by Joakim Wassberg

    About the Event

    The Oresund Bridge, that runs between Denmark and Sweden, was opened for the first time on July 1, 2000. Brorullet, the June 10, 2000 inline skating race across that bridge was part of a 4-day grand opening celebration June 9-12, 2000 in the two cities on each end of the bridge: Copenhagen and Malmo. There were four days of music and dancing and racing across the bridge, for runners, walkers, cyclists, and inline skaters. On July 8 I flew to Copenhagen in Denmark to participate in the inline skating event.

    Before the Race

    The Bridge Registration

    The best thing that happened to me before the race, was being recognized by two skaters from SSSK, an ice and inline skating club in Stockholm. I should qualify that by saying they recognized my SkateGRRL T-shirt and my pink skates. But it was still exciting to be recognized 5,000 miles away from home! Those two skaters are on my *gold* list now. But I regret one thing - in the excitement of the moment, I didn't get a photo of me with each of those skaters. Another missed opportunity!

    Waiting for the Bus from Sweden to Denmark

    The race was suppose to start at 6:00 p.m. but the first group of skaters - the Pros - didn't start until almost 8:00 p.m. That wasn't as bad as it sounds, because in that part of the world, it doesn't get dark in June until about 10:30 p.m. And it gave me plenty of time to meet people and take lots of pictures.

    The reason the race started late was pretty interesting.
    Waiting for the bus Waiting for the bus Waiting for the bus
    Waiting for the bus Waiting for the bus Waiting for the bus
    All day long before the evening race, people were walking back and forth across the bridge. I heard they had twice as many walkers as they expected - about 100,000 instead of 50,000 - and they couldn't bus them off the bridge quickly enough for the inline race to begin at the expected time. But there's more! It was so hot on the day of the race, that the asphalt on the bridge was to soft for the buses. So guess what they had to do? They spread sand all over the bridge! And this is right before the inline race. This was the real delay, because before we could skate across, all the sand had to be removed.

    I really didn't mind any of this one bit, because it did give me more time to meet people. And how could I be upset, when the things that caused all the trouble were #1: too many people wanted to participate in this bridge opening celebration, and #2: the day was just too warm and beautiful for the asphalt on the bridge. It really was warmer in Sweden that week than it was in Southern California before I left home. It was an amazing day!

    The Bus to the Starting Line

    I was in one of the first groups delivered to the starting line after the Pro skaters. From the bus window we could see the lead pack skate by us on the bridge.

    Riding the bus Riding the bus Riding the bus

    The Starting Line

    View of the Start Line At the Starting Line At the Starting Line


    Brorullet Photos:

    Part 1 - Before the Race
    Part 2 - Starting the Race
    Part 3 - Finishing the Race
    Part 4 - Making Friends

    MORE ABOUT SKATING IN SWEDEN
    Brorullet Article (March 20, 2000)
    Inline Skating in Sweden
    Inline Skating in Scandinavia
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    The Slalom Skaters of Göteborg
    The Visby/Tofta Path - Gotland Island
    A Day of Skating on Fårö Island
    A Day of Skating in Stockholm



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