Team origin : Le Mans 24-hour Roller, 2002
Team E2XN London in 2002 / 2003
In June 2002, a group of skaters went to France to take part in the Le
Mans 24-hour Roller, a 24-hour team relay race on the same track used by
the motor racing endurance event.
Everyone that went enjoyed the experience of going over to the continent
and participating in a major event with thousands of other skaters so much,
that it was decided to form a team who’s main aim was to attend as many
international marathons and endurance races as possible.
Team E2XN London was started.
2004 : The team get associated with LondonSkaters.com and change of identity
In the remainder of 2002, skaters went to events in Dijon (French Inline
Cup), Frankfurt and Vienna.
In 2003 team members participated in marathons and other events held in
Bonn, Hamburg, Rouen, Duisberg, Lille, Le Mans, St Gallen, Dijon, Cologne,
Berlin, Vienna, and of course various events in England.
Every skater in Team e2xn improved their personal bests in 2003, and the
team had some great results, such as the Ladies team obtaining 2nd position
in the 2003 Le Mans 24-hour Roller, and Gavin Pollock finishing 3rd in the
Open Category in the Lille Half-marathon.
Team e2xn also affiliated itself with the Federation of Inline Speed Skating
(FISS), and members raced in the FISS track race series during 2003, and
in the British Championships track and marathon races.
In September 2003, Team e2xn organised and ran the 1st London
Inline Marathon at the Lee Valley Cycle Circuit. This was attended by
many recreational and speed skaters, and was amazingly successful. In 2004
the team is expecting it to be bigger and better!
Members attended regular team training sessions during the course of the
last year, to increase fitness levels and better technique. Training venues
included the track at Tatem Park (Enfield), Hyde Park and Richmond Park.
Touristic and recreational activities were also on the agenda such as skating
the Voie Verte near Dijon or the old railway path between Bristol and Bath.
Team e2xn London and LondonSkaters.com have joined forces in order to further
promote speed and fitness skating in the capital. The team has voted to rename
itself to "LondonSkaters Speed Team" as part of efforts to leverage the name
and fame of both the team and website.
The team looks forward to 2004, and the association with LondonSkaters.com.
For LondonSkaters Speed Team, 2004 is going to be a great year, with many
more personal bests improved and lots of fun skating to be had.