On Sunday the 23rd of June the student cup of Utrecht took place. The student races started with the women’s race, in which Sigrid and Anna participated. During the race Sigrid was easy pedalling in the bunch and even had enough time to photograph Tjalle eating some unhealthy food:
Anna didn’t manage to see this ‘act of crime’ by Tjalle during the race but at the end of the race she still sprinted to a nice 5th place!
Afterwards it was time for the men without license. After about 15 minutes this race was stopped due to a large crash, in which luckily no Hellingprofs were badly injured. After the re-start the Domrenner (Utrecht), who were with a lot of riders, tried to control the race. However they weren’t successful, since Harmen managed to escape and drop his fellow escapee. This led him to his first student cup victory! Behind him, the Hellingproof train was on fire, which resulted in a 2nd place for Robin and a 3rd place for Bram. A first every Hellingproof clean sweap in the student cup!
Thursday 20th of June there was the yearly and already famous Hellingproof BBQ to celebrate that it is almost time for the summer holidays. This year the BBQ didn’t take place at Hoevestein but near the earth houses at Haarweg. Harmen provided some nice goat meat, while the Axi made sure that there was also enough food for the vegetarian Hellingprofs.
After everyone had eaten their belly round, it was time for a game of Hellingproof football. Not to confuse with normal football, since Hellingproof football is a lot more aggressive (Onno). Last year there were people with severe injuries from the BBQ football game. This year it was only limited by some bruises (or maybe this means that the game was not played well enough). Afterwards everyone recovered from the effort and enjoyed some more drinks.
It was a very successful and ‘gezellige’ BBQ and we’re looking forward to next years BBQ!
On Wednesday the 5th of June the first ever Hellingproof club championships took place at the track of AXA Veenendaal. We kicked off with the women’s race. The first few laps the bunch stayed together although there were several attacks. However, after some time Anouk thought it was time to attack and she never saw the bunch again and took the win! The rest of the peloton sprinted for the other podium spots. Vera took the second place and Sonja sprinted to the third place.
The non-licence and licence men raced together during the club championships. The race kicked off with a high pace instantly. That’s why the peloton was already ripped apart after a few laps. During the race lots of attacks took place, Jetze accounted for more than half of them. But the attacks didn’t result in anything. However at the end of the race a small group managed to escape what was left of the peloton. This group sprinted for the win and this resulted in Bram sprinting to the first place with a few lengths and Harmen sprinted to the second place just before Jetze.
Afterwards, the ceremony took place in Café Loburg while we enjoyed some well-deserved drinks.
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.
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!
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!
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!