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Skating Skills

The table below describes the skills that are required for various ICB events. While this table does not cover all situations that you may encounter at an ICB event, it lists some guidelines that may help you choose an event that is appropriate for your skill level.

Helmets and wristguards are required at all ICB events. Elbow pads and knee pads are strongly recommended.

Description Sunday Beginner Social Skate Sunday Morning City Skate Tuesday Night Skate Advanced Tours & TeamICB Road Skates
Stopping Skills: Can stop using heel brake, T-stop, front T-stop and/or power slide in condition listed. Note: Slaloming to stop/control speed is not recommended in traffic, such as on night skates, and is NOT a substitute for other stopping methods.
Can stop on flat ground X X X X
Can stop on a slight grade X X X X
Can stop on a medium hill   X X X
Can stop on a large hill     X X
Can stop suddenly with no advanced warning   X X X
Can stop on demand on rough pavement     X X
Additional Speed Management Skills
Can descend small, long hills slowly with full control   X X X
Can descend steep hills slowly with full control     X X
Speed and Endurance
Average pace when skating alone on a flat trail (minutes per mile)   8-10 (min./mile) 6-7 (min./mile) 4-6 (min./mile)
Desired length of skate (in hours) 1 hr. 2 hrs. 2 hrs. 3-4 hrs.
Desired length of skate (in miles) 2-4 miles 8-13 miles 12-20 miles 20-50 miles
Frequency of stops to eat, catch breath, regroup, or drink (per hour)   6 per hr.  6 per hr. 2-4 per hr.
Comfort with Terrain & Conditions
Smooth, flat X X X X
Smooth, grade X X X X
Rough, potholes, flat   X X X
Smooth, small hills   X X X
Rough, potholes, small hills   X X X
Rough, potholes, big hills     X X
Low visibility/darkness     X  
Accurately judges the pace of approaching skaters or cyclists to know when it’s safe to pass a pedestrian walking on the trail   X X X
Scissors feet (puts one foot in front of the other, with most of weight on back foot) to roll over railroad tracks and changes in pavement   useful for pavement changes; can learn skill on skate X X
Steps up onto 6-inch curb directly in front or to the side while skating, without slowing down     X X
Assumes personal responsibility for own safety and signs ICB group skate waiver X X X X
Reads ICB event policy and disclaimer X X X X
Skates within limitations of own skill level X X X X
Understands and follows common trail commands (such as shown in Skating Signals X X X X