Canadian skaters take on top racers in Wisconsin & Pennsylvania

Canadian roller speed skaters competed in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, and in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania this past weekend.

Toronto skaters Herb Gayle & Morgan Williams competed over two days of racing at the Great Midwest Marathon in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. They faced legendary skaters & World Champions- Colombia’s Jorge Botero & USA’s Tony Muse. Morgan Williams placed 2nd in the criterium race and finished 3rd in the finishing sprint in the marathon the following day. Herb Gayle finished 7th in the marathon.

Colombia’s Jorge Botero skates to the marathon victory at the Great Midwest Marathon in Elkhart Lake. Morgan Williams (center in black & green with white sunglasses) on his way to 3rd place- photo from here

The season’s first Eastern Seaboard Series race took place in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania.

Montreal’s Constant Montpellier surprised many skaters, finishing first in his category- Pro Veteran Men’s 15km race and finishing 2nd overall of all Master & Veteran skaters.

Peter Doucet and Morgane Echardour  took on the Pro men & women- both finishing 9th.

Constant Montpellier, one of Canada’s rising stars in the Veteran category, sits comfortably in 5th place (black & red skin suit) at the season’s first Eastern Seaboard Series race in Trexlertown- photo by Peter Doucet/