Student cup Amsterdam

Saturday 18th of May a large delegation of Hellingprofs participated in the student cup Amsterdam. A week after the hills of the student cup Maastricht, the non-climbers saw opportunities to excellerate this time. The first race of the day was the men without license. Again a huge amount of Hellingprofs joined this race which was amazing to see! From the start on several Hellingprofs tried to escape. Eventually Robin managed to get in the breakaway with 2 others. The gap was not big and Max saw an opportunity to close the gap on his own and he joined Robin. However, there was no one from Mercurius (the other power block in the peloton) in the breakaway: Mercurius kept a high pace in the peloton and thus the gap was never too big. Sadly, there was a nastry crash near the end of the race in which both Alger and Filip were involved. Filip had crashed badly and had to go the hospital for a broken colarbone. We hope that Filip has a speedy recovery and hope to see him on the road again soon! Even after this bad crash the race went on and Robin managed to win, with a nice 4th place for Max!

After the men without license it was time for the women’s race. Unfortunately there were no Hellingprofs joining the women’s race, but luckily we got reinforcement from IJzersterk to make sure the Hellingproof colours were still represented during the race!

The last race of the day was the men with license. The pace was very high from the beginning and there were several attempts for a breakaway. Eventually, a breakaway of 3 riders formed with Jetze in it and they got quite a big lead on the peloton. However, Tjalle started to get bored and started chasing the 3 leaders on his own. In his vroom-vroom style he was riding very fast (maybe even D2). Eventually, Tjalle had closed the gap to 10 seconds. However he didn’t get any closer and he prepared himself for a nice chasse patate. In the end, Jetze took a nice 3rd place on the podium! Bas, who managed to escape with a small group in the end became 6th.

A nice spot on the podium for Jetze

 

We’re very proud that every student cup there are so many Hellingprofs enthusiastic for racing! And we want to thank Peerenboom Fietsen for borrowing their van to transport our bicycles!

Student cup Maastricht

The 12th of May Hellingproof travelled all the way to Maastricht in the ‘far south’ of the Netherlands for the studentcup of Maastricht. The studentcup of Maastricht or better known as ‘de ronde van Wolder’ is always one of the hardest races of the year, because of its hilly track. However, with a name like Hellingproof we couldn’t ride unnoticed in a race like this 😉. First of all, it was time for the men’s race without license. With a staggering number of thirteen riders, the Hellingproof colors were widespread throughout the peloton. Our hellingprof Bram started this race wearing the leaders jersey, so we started with the task of defending the leaders jersey. The race immediately kicked off explosively and this made it tough to keep up with peloton. Several riders already had to chase the peloton and couldn’t get back anymore during the first laps and this continued during the race. After a few laps a few riders escaped the bunch, including Bram and the Dutch champion Guus Schutte. This started out as a promising breakaway with a few strong riders. Sadly, a crash in the breakaway made it all disappear and Bram abandoned the race and he was not able anymore to defend the leaders jersey. On the bright side, he was not injured badly. With everyone back again in the bunch the pace was still kept high which made it difficult to escape the peloton. However, a few laps before the end of the race a couple of riders managed to escape the peloton including Jesper! This breakaway managed to stay away till the end of the race and they sprinted for the win. Jesper sprinted to a 5th place which he can be proud of! The riders in the depleted peloton still sprinted for a spot in the top 10. Three more Hellingprofs managed to sprint to a spot in the top 10. Robin, Alger and Max managed to sprint to the 8th, 9th and 10th place. Despite some bad luck during this race for our leader Bram, Hellingproof still did a descent job.

After the men’s race without licence it was time for the women to race. Sadly, due to injury’s for several of our female Hellingprofs, Hellingproof didn’t compete in this race.

After the women’s race it was time for the last race of the day, the men with licence. With three Hellingprofs at the start, Jetze, Bas en Tjalle, Hellingproof had some strong riders at the start. However, hellingprof Jake who was in first place of the GC of the men with licence didn’t start this race due to obligations on the other side of the channel. This race also started with a crazy pace which made a tough race immediately. After just three laps Tjalle managed to escape the bunch with another rider. They formed a breakaway that managed to stay in front of the peloton with a gap that differed from lap to lap, sometimes it looked like they would be caught again but the peloton couldn’t close the gap. Tjalle felt very strong during this race and he almost always rode uphill in first place with a dazzling speed. Somewhere halfway in to race Jetze unfortunately got a flat and his race was over. With a few laps to go the other rider of the breakaway couldn’t keep up with Tjalle’s pace anymore. So, Tjalle was on his own for the last few laps. These last few laps were very exciting because the peloton got closer and closer to Tjalle, but it still looked like he would stay out in front till the end. Sadly, with crossing the finish line for the second last time Tjalle got caught by the bunch. Eventually the race ended in a peloton sprint, Bas started sprinting quite early but he couldn’t sprint to a spot on the podium. The last race of the day was an exciting one and it looked like to end well for Hellingproof, but not all dreams come true 😉. However, we are proud of our riders and it was nice to see so many Hellingprofs racing!

We would also like to thank Peerenboom Fietsen for using their van to transport our bicycles!

The Hellingproof squad at the student cup Maastricht

Training weekend Germany

During Easter it was time for our yearly training weekend. This year it all took place in the Eifel in Germany. At Good Friday 19th of April, 27 Hellingprofs decided to join for this long weekend. Early in the morning Tjalle, Bart, Jesper, Jetze, Jake and Robin started cycling there to make sure they were already nicely warmed up for the rest of the weekend.

Tjalle, Bart, Jesper, Jetze an Jake having a drink during their warming up ride

 

All the others gathered in front of Hoevestein at 10.30 to pack the luggage, bicycles, and themselves in all the cars. Having arrived in the Eifel a few hours later, a nicely located and large house awaited the Hellingprofs!

A nice sunny lunch in the garden

 

After a short lunch all the cyclists went for an exploration ride of about 60 km, and Susan and Olivier went for a ride on the MTB. It soon became clear that the climbers would be in their element this weekend because there were a lot of nice short but steep climbs in the surroundings.

A room filled with beautiful bicycles

 

The next day everyone woke up early to make a nice 140 or 90 km ride with a lot of altitude meters. The weather was beautiful and some Hellingprofs even seemed to enjoy themselves so much that they started to look for some undiscovered paths.

Or maybe there’s a reason these paths are still undiscovered

 

After the ride there was a run for the showers because there was only limited warm water. The last one’s to shower had a hard time because they had ice cold water. However Bas, who is used to showering at least half an hour, was smart enough to find out that he could warm up some water with the kettle to still have some quality showering time.

On Sunday there were a few groups riding different distances. There were again some off road paths taken followed by some punctures. However luckily without any fallen trees this time. The weather was again very nice so there was plenty of time to increase the enjoyment-of-life coefficient that day.

Hellingprofs out in the sun

 

Having returned to the house, the Amstel Gold Race was still on and the Hellingprofs gathered to watch the final during which Mathieu van der Poel managed to win impressively! In the evening there was a pubquiz with questions about German facts, geography, and music. In the last category about Hellingproof, the answers to the questions were the Hellingprofs themselves.

On Monday there was only time for a short ride, although there were again some nice off road paths (and its corresponding punctures). However a puncture is not that bad when being in the sun with a nice view on the German scenery.

Strade Bianche in Germany

 

Tjalle, Bart, Jesper, Jetze, Jake and Filip went for a cooling down ride back to Wageningen while the others cleaned everything and went back to Wageningen by car. It was a very successful weekend and a very good start of the season!

Student cups in Delft, Enschede, and Wageningen

On Sunday 24th of March the first student cup of the season took place in Delft! Of course, many Hellingprofs participated here to kick off the season. First of all, the women’s race took place. Several of our female Hellingproof riders (Sigrid, Susan and Els) started in this race. Sigrid even escaped from the bunch a little while but it sadly didn’t pay off. They ended up in 9th, 10th and 13th place. After the women’s race it was time for the men’s race without license. 11 Hellingprofs competed in this race! It was an exciting race, with an almost Hellingproof only podium as a result! Hellingproof sadly didn’t win the race but we ended up in 2nd (Harmen) and 3th (Robin) place. However, this was still a result to be proud of!! Last of all, it was time for the men’s race with licence. Four of our Hellingprofs (Bas, Tjalle, Bart and Jake) participated in this race. It was an exciting race with some pretty hard and nice racing. At a certain moment in the race Tjalle and Bas both escaped the peloton, Jake (riding his first race in Hellingproof colors) just stayed cruising in front of the peloton, this was of great help for the escape of Bas&Tjalle! Bas&Tjalle even doubled the bunch with their breakaway! However, their efforts didn’t get them a place on the podium, but they still did a great job finishing 4th and 6th (Jake and Bart finished at 13th and 14th place). After all, it was a nice day of racing to kick off the season, which resulted in some pretty good results for Hellingproof!

Harmen and Robin together on the podium!

 

Max enjoying the race maybe a bit too much 😉

 

Els and Sigrid in the women’s peloton

 

On Saturday 31th of March our squad went to Enschede for another student cup. The weather was lovely and morale was high. The men without licence and the women had to ride first (at the same time!). Sigrid and Els represented the women and although Sigrid tried a brave move into the breakaway it sadly was not enough, so they could not fight for the top spots.

The men without licence were with a huge number again and even could match the numbers of the men from Klein Verzet! Jesper and Max tried to get in the breakaway as well and although they managed that, the bunch caught them back again. Then Bram also tried and he got in he right breakaway. He never saw the bunch again and he sprinted to an awesome 2nd place!

In the men’s with licence race we had 3 men present. In the beginning Jake managed to get in the breakaway but he got caught. Another breakaway formed and no Hellingprof was present. Jetze and Tjalle rode for their lives to get them back and they managed to set Jake up for a final sprint. And what an awesome sprint he did. He secured third place and maybe even more important: the first place in the general classification!

Jake on the podium with the the Hellingproof flag!

 

Last Saturday the Hellingproof squad didn’t have to travel far because it was time for the Hellingproof student cup! The morale was even higher than last week due to our successes during the studentencup in Enschede and the fact that it was a ‘home game’ this time. The men without license kicked off the day. Hellingproof was well presented in this race with thirteen riders, with two of them, Arnau and Levien, riding their first race and they did a great job. It was an exciting race with lots of attacks containing several Hellingprofs, However none of these attacks formed a breakaway that could keep it up till the end. So the race ended in a bunch sprint in which Bram managed to sprint again for a spot on the podium, the 3th place this time, and Robin sprinted to a well-deserved 4th place. Moreover, Bram also secured the first place in the general classification!

After the men without licence had kicked off the day it was time for the women’s race. Anouk, Ehlana, and Susan represented the women this time. After a few laps three women, including Anouk, formed a breakaway and the bunch didn’t manage to catch them. The breakaway ended up in a sprint in which Anouk sprinted to an awesome 2nd place!

The men with license closed off the day. It looked like the race would become pretty boring, because a breakaway of three riders, including Jake, was formed and never caught back again by the bunch. However, the race still became exciting. The breakaway managed to get a lead of almost one minute after a bit more than halfway into the race. Then some riders in the peloton thought it was also time to launch an attack. These attacks split up the bunch into two pieces and the lead of the breakaway started to reduce bit by bit. However, the second group, including Bas&Tjalle didn’t managed to reduce the gap any further than half a minute. At the end of the race the breakaway even doubled the last group. The guys of the breakaway kept riding along with this last group, which meant the second group started to reduce the gap again. However, for Tjalle the pace of the second group wasn’t high enough. So, he launched a very powerful attack during the last few rounds. Due to the gambling of the riders from the breakaway and Tjalle his powerful attack, Tjalle managed to get closer and closer to the breakaway. But sadly it wasn’t enough for him. However Jake was still in the breakaway and when they started to sprint, Jake immediately got in front and won the sprint with a few lengths! Tjalle ended up in a well-deserved 4th place. Last week after the race it was wrongly said to Jake that he took the overall lead in the classification (this wasn’t the case according to the point system). However, with his win he rightfully secured the overall lead in the classification this time. So, overall it was a great day for Hellingproof with a spot on the podium in every race and taking home two leaders jerseys. We also want to thank all the volunteers that helped us out Saturday!

Jake showing everyone how to win a sprint

 

Anouk on the second spot of the podium

 

Jake and Bram both taking home the leaders jersey of their category

Hellingproof track cycling

On March 16 our second Hellingproof track day took Place. A nice presence of no less than 12 Hellingprofs arrived at the Velodrome In Amsterdam, all in time, Alger too, despite the fact that public transportation in the big city can be a bit complicated for a Frisian country boy.

The Hellingprofs can’t wait to start cycling on the track

 

Bas, Alger and Luuk were present last year, but for the others it was their first time at the track. After picking a bike, choosing the right saddle height and some problems whit the clamps of the seat post we were ready to go. Also this year the father of chairman Bas Overdevest was the instructor of the day. After a safety briefing the first assignment was to ride a hole lap at the wooden hill of the track. However this year nobody had a Rutgertje. After most of us rode some laps and experienced the steep corners it was time for a real exercises. Riding line in line on a constant speed, every whistle the first person had to be at the finish line. For some, too enthusiastic Hellingprofs this was despite it sounds easy a big challenge. Of course this year we had our Hellingproof Sprint tournament! The Hellingproof sprint tournament consisted of a 200 meters flying lap. Beforehand everyone was told that it would be very difficult to hold the shortest black line, because of all the forces. And it was, if you think we make a joke, just ask Tjalle. After a short instruction from the Hellingrproof chairman himself about the perfect lines to come to the highest speed it was time for action.

That’s nicely against the shortest black line!

 

Making altitude on the track

 

 

The results were very nice, a lot of fast times:

Bas 12,90
Job 13,30
Alger 13,40
Jesper 13,67
Luuk 13,86
Jetze 14,25
Pieter 14,34
Jeroen 14,39
Jorn 14,76
Arnou 15,20
Anne 15,27
Ehlana 18,32

 

It was a day in which a lot of Hellingprofs could experience a whole new discipline of cycling. We all updated our bike skills for coming student cup races. After the good workout, it was time for some drinks and share some new insights.