|The event, which is presented by the California Outdoor
Rollerskating Association, marked the lO-year anniversary since the first Napa to
The course spanned 25 miles, with the first 12.5 miles from
Rosedale Avenue to Rutherford Cross being closed to traffic. The skaters then continued
southbound on Silverado Trail along the bike path for the remaining 12.5 miles to Luna
"On Highway 128, we move them over to the northbound side and treated them like
any other pedestrian because there's no full road closure:: Lt. Doug Ulick said."
Last year was a little different because they actually stopped it at 128. This is new for
us but it seems to be working."
Event organizer David Miles Jr., however, had a different viewpoint. .
"I think they're trying to kill the event," Miles said. "How do you kill
a TV show? Change the time slot around. When we were on the right side with traffic the
beginning, we were getting 200-300 people. When they had us skating on the left side of
the road; facing traffic, this event went down to 39 people. I think it's wrong."
Miles was not completely critical about the event, though would have preferred full re
"I believe Lt. Ulick, and I worked with him, is sincere", Miles said.
"This is how we got the closure last year. I wanted make sure that absolutely nothing
could go wrong but if it wasn't for him, I probably could not have got that closure last
year. That would be fantastic but back in 1997, they told me, 'We ain't gonna close it for
At least one competitor, Kim Perkins of Berkeley, agreed with Miles to a certain extent
but still came away from Sunday with a good feeling. "I think it would have been
better (to have full road closure) because we were crunched in a group," said the
36-year old Perkins, who was the first female to cross the finish line. "It's hard to
do our race tactics." But, she said, "I kind of like it because it kind of
reminds me of my favorite race. It's an 87-mile race from Athens, Ga., to Atlanta that I
do every year. It's kind of a good old fashion street skating."
Steven Outen, a Fresno resident who hails originally from England, was the first
competitor to cross the finish line. "It was a really good course," Outen said.
"It had some good hills. It's one of the smoothest courses I've ever been on."
Ulick added that preparation timefor the event is not an overnight process. "We
start preparing probably two months prior to the event," Ulick said. "We get the
permit application, it needs to go to the I county to get approved. We schedule officers
to work the event."
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