Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Erfurt International Open Day

Written by T Dobbin
Last weekend was the first long track race on the calendar in Europe for Shane. After getting a race in Salt Lake City and still six weeks out from his first World Cup, it was a good time to be able to go to Erfurt and get another race in before the next five weekends will be taken up with the DSB Bank Cup Marathon races.

Arriving Friday afternoon in Erfurt Shane Dobbin had an interview with one of the biggest newspapers in Erfurt. After the interview it was onto the ice track for an easy training session to flush the legs after a long drive.

The races started Saturday afternoon with Shane racing the 1500 meter on the first day and the second day a 5 kilometer. Below are Shanes times for the weekend's races:

1500m - 1.54,25
5km - 6.40,21

The 1500 meter time allows Shane to start in the World Cups during this winter as well as his seasons best 5 km time. Shane was happy with both times set on the weekend. Of course both times can be improved alot but it's a good start to the winter with still so many weeks out from the World Cups, there is still alot of room for improvement.

From now and for the next few weeks it's off to the Marathon races on Saturday night with the first race being held in Alkmaar.

Keep posted for all the results and news that will be posted soon.