Heerenveen, Netherlands

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The ‘Road to Ice’ skate week, taking place at Thialf, Heerenveen, from July 9-14, 2018, is a unique event dedicated to introducing Inline skaters to the disciplines on ice of Speed Skating and Short Track Speed Skating. The initiative is supported by the ISU Development Commission. Once the Inline Speed Skating World Championships in Heerde is over, athletes have the opportunity to put on speed skates and to try them out on the beautiful Thialf oval, under the supervision of experienced multidiscipline coaches.

There is a similarity of the skating movement between Speed Skating, Short Track Speed Skating and Inline Skating. An all-round skater should therefore be able to master them all. All ISU Member Federations are invited to participate.

Thialf and the inline-skatecenter Heerenveen offers a combination of sports venues unique to Heerenveen, where, within a distance of 3 km, you can exchange your wheels for blades.