The second-ever Roller Skiing event in Ireland was held as part of the Galway Bay Marathon. Galway has been very supportive of the Irish roller ski team, allowing them to compete in on home soil in the only event of its kind in Ireland.
With Vegard Vinje (NOR), one of the top marathon skiers in the world at the start, it was clear that local hero Thomas Maloney Westgaard, an Olympian from Pyoeng Chang would be challenged at his home event in Galway.
During the course of the race, Vinje broke a pole and skied just over half of the first big loop with only one pole. Maloney, ever the gentleman, waited and they went out on the second lap together. At the end of the race two strong sprinters battled it out with the Norwegian beating the local hero by just a few second in the end. Veteran Dominic McAleenan, the Irish team captain, took third place.
Ireland intends to see their first female roller skiers in Galway in 2019.