The first international event of the year was held on June 13th - 14th, in Barcelona, Spain.
20 skaters from 6 different countries were invited to this event, to make the first big event of 2015. The competition gathered France’s strongest skaters, World Champion 2013-2014 and Men's world #1 Anthony Avella, Kevin Quintin (Fra, #5), Women's world #1 and double world champion (2013-2014) Mathilde Monneron (Fra) and Costabile Aurore (Fra, #4).
The race was hard, with a very complicated first ramp that the best skaters decided to gap, and the fact that the whole race was downhill didn’t help, as it gave a great deal of speed to the skaters. The fight was tough as well, but the strongest won anyway.
Double World Champion (2013 - 2014), Anthony Avella (Fra, #1) got his first big victory of the season. He showed the best time in the time trials (30,157), and won all his races to reach the first step of the podium. World # 5, Kevin Quintin (Fra) finished second. Showing the second best qualification time (31,129), he was first of his groups in the third and semi finals and ended up only one step away from the first place. The skatecross newcomer, Danilo Martins from Brazil did a great job, finishing third. He performed the third best qualification time (31,580) and finished at the third place on his very first skatecross. Warren Digne (Fra, #16), who was second at the semi-finals, after the rider Daniel Gomez (Esp) got disqualified for jumping over a bale of straw, ended up fourth.
Women's World Champion of the last two seasons, Mathilde Monneron (Fra, #1) left all her competitors behind and won the skatecross final. She was the fastest at the qualification (33,912) and during all of her runs. World #4, Aurore Costabile (Fra) finished second. After showing the third time at the time trials (38,328), she won the semi-final but could not keep it up for the final and stayed at the second position. Sara Vilella from Spain showed an excellent result for her very first skatecross experience, performing the second time at the qualification (35,763) and ending on the third place of the podium at the final. Alexandra Sukhareva (Rus, #8), who made the fourth best qualification time (38,398), was the last to cross the finish line of the big final and took the fourth place.
2014 was another outstanding year for skatecross, with events all over the world, and more than 33000km of total distance between the events. We hope you enjoyed our coverage of the last season, we tried to be there when you couldn't, bringing you as much of the events as possible.
Are you ready for the new season ? To warm you up, here is this video to remind us all these incredible events that happened in 2014.
Our only hope for this year is to be as exciting as the past one !
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