In het weekend van 29 en 30 september hadden we het jaarlijkse introductieweekend om onze nieuwe Hellinprofs bij onze vereniging te verwelkomen. Het begon allemaal op zaterdagochtend met een foto zoek wedstrijd langs iconische plekken in de buurt van Wageningen. Het weer was mooi, wat het een prachtige dag maakte om te fietsen. In de middag was er een gecombineerde beach volleybal en knotsbal activiteit. Het knotsbal werd al gedaan om Hellinprofs voor te bereiden met het oog op het knotsbal toernooi dat volgende maand met IJzersterk gehouden gaat worden. Het beach volleybal werd erbij geïmproviseerd omdat het te mooi weer was om alleen een binnen activiteit te doen. In de avond was er een heerlijk Chinees diner geregeld, waarna er wat gebeerpongd werd. Nieuwe Hellingprofs moeten natuurlijk wel weten dat dit onze tweede sport is en bij het zien van al het nieuwe beerpong talent die avond was de ‘oude generatie’ Hellingprofs erg tevreden.
Iedereen was al volop zijn of haar beerpong tactieken aan het bespreken tijdens het eten
Op zondag was de traditionele Posbank rit, waarna er het WK wielrennen gekeken werd in de sportspub. Tijdens het kijken bewonderden we het prachtige gebergte van Innsbruck en zagen we uiteindelijk Valverde sprinten naar de overwinning, wat voor één of andere reden Onno allemaal heel blij maakte. Alles bij elkaar was het een erg succesvol weekend!
During the summer break most hellingprofs went for a ride in far away country, but some opted for a challenge which was closer to home: The Southern Sea. Harmen’s parents were nice enough to let us stay the night(and drink their supply of beer) so we could start our ride at sunrise. We were supposed to leave at 6:00, but even though Robin was not present we still didn’t manage to leave in time.
Gijs, Bas and Bart looked very motivated for the ride.
Alger, Bas, Bart, Gijs, Guy(an infiltrator from the Domrenner), Harmen, Niels and Tjalle left a little later than 6:00 for a ride of approximately 380 km. Niels started at the front of the small peloton and made sure we had a good starting average speed. Everybody was in shock when Niels asked for someone els to do some work at the front after more than two hours. The first stop was just over the border in the always beautiful foreign Friesland. They even learned that there is a mountain in Friesland. On the way to the next coffee stop Harmen got his first of two flat tires. Niels took full advantage of the moment and went for a nap on the side of the road.
Here you can see Niels during one of his power naps.
The second stop was just before the infamous ”Afsluitdijk” a 30 km dike with headwind which connects Friesland with the mainland of the Netherlands. After 250 km we arrived at Sonja’s house for another stop. During this stop the atmosphere was amazing and everybody was in the mood for the remaining 130 km.
The atmosphere was great during the stop at Sonja’s house.
It wasn’t long before the mood dropped so the decision was immediately made to stop at the Burger King in Amsterdam (which Bas could guide us to without using any navigation). We even needed another stop before the Burger King for some to get some extra sleep. After Amsterdam (only) 80 km were left and the pace was increased again. Even the ”bordjes sprints” were contested, Tjalle, the Joop Zoetemelk of Hellingproof, finished second every time (as usual). But the pace was disrupted by another flat tire for Harmen and a ferry that was out of use. Eventually we made it back to Harmen’s parents so we could eat all their pizza’s and drink the remaining of their beer supply. The next day Niels was invited to talk about this adventure on National radio in a Tour de France talk program.
At the end of the ride we were welcomed with plenty of pizzza’s.
At the start of this year a committee was formed to organise the best cycling race ever. Almost a year later, on June 8,9, and 10 the result of their hard work was finally revealed to the world. This started off with a team time trial in the Binnenveld. Although the track was already nice, the committee managed to provide a whole extra dimension by making the participants cycle under the oak processionary caterpillar. People loved this element of danger, judging from the amount of reactions we got about it the next day. The hellinproof women’s team rode a decent race and ended 4th out of 7 teams, they worked well together as a team. The men won with a 30 second margin over De Domrenner, who finished second.
The men during the team time trial.
After the Team time trial we moved to the campus for an entertaining sprintcup. Els, Ehlana and Imke did the women sprints and Bart, Erik and Robin did the men sprint. Els managed to get to the second round after an intermediate round, Ehlana and Imke were less fortunate. Robin and Erik also didn’t make it to the second round. Luckily our ”dikke sprinter” Bart was in great shape and became second behind a ”dikke sprinter” who was also named Bart, if you want your future children to become sprinters you should probably name them Bart.
The final sprint of the mens competition
On Sunday a lot of people had to wake up very early to prepare the course of the Wageningse Wielermuur for some exciting racing. The women started off with an individual time trial over 2 laps of the course (4,4km). Susan was the fastest women with only one second between her and second place. Anouk finished 8th and Sigrid 13th. With these results, the women were the second best team on time trail. The men’s time trial was also won by a hellingprof. Niels was 3 seconds faster than the rider in second place, who was coincidentally also called Niels. So if you want your future children to be good time trailist, you should name him Niels. Tjalle finished in 4th and Bas in 14th place. Only the road race was left, and again the women had to start first. This race really
showed how though the course of the Wageningse Wielermuur is, right from the start the peloton broke to pieces, with Susan and Anouk at the front of the first group. One women from Nijmegen, who was second in the time trial, managed to escape the front group and her teammates were marking the counter attacks from Susan. But eventually Susan could ride away on the climb, it was however too late to compete for victory and she became second. Imke finished in 15th place ,Sigrid in 18th place and Ehlana 22nd. Although Anouk rode really strong, she did not finish because first she almost crashed and then she also had a puncture. The women team finished 4th out of 8 in the overall classification, which showed great improvement from last year.
The peloton approaching the ”muur”
Now only the men’s road race was left, chances for Hellingproof were high, with the Domrenner from Utrecht as biggest rivals. The hellingprofs tried to force a breakaway, but there was always a rider from the Domrenner on their wheel. Eventually a break of four was formed. Tjalle was part of this break and there was no Domrenner. On the last ascent of the Wielermuur Tjalle could not follow the acceleration of his breakaway companions and the sprinting peloton was
coming close. Luckily the best sprinter in the peloton was Bart and he was the only one passing Tjalle before the finish line. Bart, Tjalle and Niels ended up 4th,5th and 6th. Bas and Robin were 18th and 20th meaning that they also scored some points for the overall ranking and Erik became 24th. These results meant that we won the GNSK! A huge thanks for the committee, the volunteers, riders and supporters for making this amazing event possible!