Hellingproof ledenweekend

The weekend of the 12th and 13th of January, we organized our first ever members weekend. On Saturday the 12th in the afternoon we started with playing some sports at the Bongerd. During the first sport, ‘knotsball’, everyone was determined to show that Hellingprofs are also capable of doing sports off the bike. This resulted in a very exciting game, although no one really cared about the score because off course it was all just about the fun we had. However, everyone was still very competitive and this resulted in a slight hand injury from Olivier. After this nice game of ‘knotsball’, we started playing basketball. Although these are both ball sports, the dynamics of the game were very different: Susan discovered that she had chosen the wrong sport because literally every shot she took landed in the basket. However, we’re still very happy that Susan joined Hellingproof in the first place!

Martijn also trying to show off, but not as successful as Susan off course

 

Last but not least, we played a few games of dodgeball. This was primary school all over again. The games were exciting till the end and the winning shot was a head shot, which shows the amazing hand-eye coordination of Hellingprofs.

In the evening, we made a nice dinner consisting of cheese (credits to Onno), with a little bit of pasta and vegetables. After this, the board game evening could begin: we kicked off with several games of Black Stories, during which we tested the imagination of Hellingprofs. This wasn’t so good, so soon we proceeded playing His&Hers. We discovered that the questions were very stigmatizing about the sexes (and mostly not correct), but what else could you expect of such a high quality game. However, we discovered this too late (while we were in too deep) and therefore we had to finish it. Onno went almost crazy, and the women team (+ Alger and Roeland) apparently weren’t aware of the Big Bang Theory which resulted in the win for the men’s team.

Bas reading a card that was definitely not about anything sexual

 

The next day, we went by car to watch the Dutch National Championships of cyclo-cross at Huijbergen. Off course we were very excited about the men’s race because we had absolutely no idea who would take the win there. However first it was time for the women’s race. This race was quite exciting because there were several women like Lucinda Brand, Marianne Vos, and Annemarie Worst would could all take the win. After an exciting race, Lucinda Brand was able to prolong her title with a fair lead to Marianne Vos who ended in second place.

Lucinda Brand going way too fast to be properly photographed

 

In between the races we discovered that the track was much more difficult than we thought it was, and that explained the huge differences during the women’s race. We also had a look at the material of Mathieu van der Poel (an outsider for winning the men’s race), and saw that van der Poel senior was as focused about the materials as his son was about the race.

We were astonished by the result of the men’s race since some outsider (a guy named van der Pool) took the win. However, we still had a good time and enjoyed the ambiance of cyclo-cross!

A nice impression of the ambiance

 

Hellingprofs enjoying cyclo-cross

 

 

Alno

Nieuwjaarsborrel

To have an excellent start of the year, we had our annual new years drink with our friend from IJzersterk at the 9th of January in Loburg. Off course the occasional snacks like ‘oliebollen’ and ‘appelbeignets’ were provided. After everyone had joined (except Bahlana), it was time to start the most prestigious contest of the year: the ‘deepsit’ competition. It was a very exciting contest during which again Hellingprofs showed that they can beet the ice skaters at their own contest. However, Els’ amazing technique wasn’t enough to keep Kerstin from IJzersterk from grabbing the win in the women’s contest.

Els trying out her new technique, but unfortunately she didn’t succeed

 

The men’s contest was rightfully won by the one and only Talis Bosma with a time of 7 minutes and 30 seconds!

Talis going for the win while Onno is encouraging him by drinking a beer

Sinterbaas

Thursday 6 December we celebrated Sinterbaas. Unfortunately, Sinterbaas himself couldn’t be there because he was still recovering from his birthday party at 5 December. Especially Harmen was very sad about this, because he also missed the Saint at our Pubquiz. Despite of this, Sinterbaas still managed to provide our Hellingprofs with a lot of presents.

 

The ‘tension is to cut’ at the start of the gift game

 

Before everyone could start grabbing, stealing, switching and opening presents, Sinterbaas’ head Pete Niels had an important message for all the new Hellingproof members. Because it is such a nice message, it will be provided in this cycling mail. Thereafter, the gift unwrapping game began and within a roller coaster of emotions, no one was certain of what presents they were getting until the very last moment. Only Robin, a master in playing games, managed to end up with his gift of preference, a 2 L shampoo bottle from the Action.

What present would be on top of Jake’s head? It remains a mystery

 

At the end, everyone ended up with a present they were happy with, a present they were unhappy with, or nothing. Luckily the only thing that mattered was that we all had a great time and that is a present no one can ever take away from us. For the people who want to read back the ‘short’ message of head Pete Niels, here it is:

 

Een kort berichtje van de Hoofdpiet

Wat een ellende dit. Ik had er zo naar uitgekeken dit koude kloteland keurig op 5 december stipt te verlaten, maar nu moet ik ook nog speciaal voor Hellingproof hier blijven,

Ik wil terug naar de Costa om te bakken op het strand met de Pieten, Sint en Spaanse wijven.

Iedereen die denkt dat we donker zijn van het roet van de schoorsteen heeft het bij het verkeerde end,

Als ik lees over die domme kinderen in het Grote Boek dan ben ik dat inmiddels wel gewend.

 

Over naar de orde van de dag te laat,

Laten we eens gaan kijken hoe het met de Hellingprofs gaat.

Er zijn de laatste jaren zoveel nieuwe mensen bij de vereniging,

Dat het tijd wordt voor een grote hereniging.

 

Ik zal jullie wat geheimen uit het Grote Boek gaan verklappen,

Zodat de nieuwelingen Hellingproof beter gaan snappen.

Laten we beginnen met de vastgeroeste oude garde,

De mensen die de naam van Hellingproof met die van Antilope verwarde.

 

Op het raakvlak van sport en biologie had het toen zomaar mis kunnen gaan,

Dan hadden we hier nu als Antilopers gestaan.

Vraag maar na bij Bart als je er meer over wilt weten,

De Schone man van wie je je afvroeg hoe die ook alweer heette.

 

De namen van iedereen ga je nog wel een keertje leren kennen,

Hoe eerder je er mee begint, des te sneller ga je er aan wennen.

Als je nu denkt dat je iedereen al kent en alles denkt te weten,

Dan ga je volgend jaar van 20 nieuwe mensen moeten vragen hoe ze heten.

De Sinterbaas is een van de andere oudgedienden,

Afgestudeerd inmiddels zijn al zijn toenmalige vrienden.

Zelf loopt hij nog wat in zijn studententijd te geiten,

Geintjes en lol trappen is dat wat voor hem pleitte.

 

Aan mijn advies als Hoofdpiet aan hem is te merken,

Dat hij wat harder aan zijn studie moet gaan werken.

Het komt niemand wat dat betreft vanzelf aanwaaien,

Aan zijn werk als melker zie je echter: ‘het is een taaie’.

 

Zijn meissie is de laatste vrouwelijke Hellingproof bestuurder,

Daarom is de contributie dit jaar ook niet duurder.

Een vrouw zonder gat in haar hand zie je maar zelden,

Misschien moeten ze zich vaker in de wiskundeles melden.

 

Uit het eerste jaar is verder ook Vera nog aanwezig,

Zij is nu met haar stage in de dierentuin bezig.

Mocht je nieuw zijn dit jaar moet je haar zeker ontmoeten,

Doe haar dan direct mijn hartelijke liefde en groeten.

 

Liefde is ook wat Hellingprofs elkaar niet genoeg kunnen geven,

Het blijkt dat je van het fietsen naar elkaar toe kan zweven.

Naast Hagrid; de combi van Sinterbaas en zijn wijf,

Zijn er met Bahlana, Sobin, Nels en Bronno in totaal vijf.

 

Voor de nieuwe leden van afgelopen jaren betekent dit,

Dat het naast het fietsen ook met de liefde wel goed zit.

Commerciepiet raadde mij daarom aan,

Om met Datingbureau Hellingproof de markt op te gaan.

 

Relaties veranderen echter niets aan het geluk op de fiets,

Dat is oprecht en het is voor iedereen iets.

Dat je moet koesteren en moet blijven waarderen,

Zodat het je blijft ontspannen tussendoor bij het leren.

 

Het leven op de universiteit is namelijk zwaar,

Vraag dat maar na aan Robin waar,

Het zoeken naar een stage bewust opgerekt is zodat die vent,

Alles op alles kon stellen op zoek naar winst in het SWN klassement.

 

De vereniging die zijn eerste lustrum net gevierd heeft,

Biedt een basis waar iedereen vrijheid, plezier en enthousiasme beleeft.

Dat we dit samen mee hebben mogen maken maakt mij als Hoofdpiet trots en blij,

Wees daarom actief, onderneem en voel je vrij.

 

Het doet mijn Pietenhartje daarom goed,

Dat Nienke in de laatste wielermail de vereniging voedt.

Met nieuwe inzichten en proactief handelen,

Zodat wij gezamenlijk de goede kant op blijven wandelen.

 

Als ik stiekem in jullie app-groep infiltreer en daar dan zie,

Dat er heel wat leuke avonturen zijn zoals deze drie.

Ik zie daar dan de zwoele blikken van Paula, een verkrampte Bas en huisgenoten met gebroken botten,

Daaruit blijkt dat het toch niet altijd even goed wilt vlotten.

 

De avonturen van Paula als boerin in wording hebben jullie op de voet gevolgd,

Al blijft het jammer dat ze Wim niet heeft verzwolgd.

Het had zo leuk geweest om bij het volgende lustrum man,

Boer-zoekt-vrouw baby’s rond te hebben lopen waar men mee kon spelen dan.

 

De krampen van Bas tonen een gedreven inzet,

Zelfs voor plek acht op het NSK doet hij het.

All-in is dat wat hij als nieuwe voorzitter ook zal doen voor Hellingproof,

Wat een kutwoord om op te rijmen trouwens.

Als je huisgenoot thuiskomt met gebroken botten,

Kun je wel zeggen dat het ritje niet echt wilde vlotten.

Een understatement misschien hoor ik je denken,

Maar dan wil ik je toch nog wel iets dichterbij wenken.

Om te benadrukken dat het fietsen veilig moet zijn, ook bij ons,

Op training om geen aanspraak te maken op je ziekenfons.

 

Over Fons gesproken, die kan ook Lucky de Derde wezen,

In dat geval hoef je alleen een zangcarrière te vrezen.

Dit slaat nergens meer op dus ik ga het hier bij laten,

Dan hoef ik verder ook geen onzin meer te praten.

 

Voor iedereen zal dit een betere oplossing bieden,

Dan rest mij verder niets dan jullie lieden.

Nog heel veel plezier en geluk te wensen voor komend seizoen,

Zodat ik volgend jaar net zo blij dit weer kan doen.

 

Geniet van de mooie activiteiten die Hellingproof heeft,

Zorg dat je samen met de andere Profs avonturen beleeft.

Let op elkander, geniet, blijf nieuwsgierig en content,

Zodat je zo vaak mogelijk op training bent.

 

 

Vergeet daarnaast niet om ook naar de after-trainings te gaan,

Zodat de avonden bij het GNSK niet meer in de weg staan.

Ik wil hiermee niet aanzetten tot alcoholmisbruik, alhoewel misschien toch,

Water en thee gaat ook vervelen en dan nog.

 

De foto’s van het eerste lustrum laten zien,

Dat juist het bestuur zich graag voorziet van misschien.

Een klein biertje op zijn tijd, of een wijntje tegen het versloffen,

Maar koffie en stroopwafels blijven onovertroffen.

Tot volgend jaar lieve mensen,

Rest mij niets dan jullie het beste te wensen.

 

Hoofdpiet

Hellingproof Lustrum!

Lustrum opening party

At Tuesday 13th of November, we started our Lustrum activities with an opening party at Annies Kroeg. The evening started well with the special reveal of our new loan bike. Everyone who wants to try out cycling with Hellingproof during the start of the new season can enjoy this beautiful bike.

The beautiful new loan bike shining in the spotlights at Annies Kroeg

 

After everyone was finished admiring the bike, people started to play fun games with each other like ‘Stef Stuntpiloot’, ‘foosball’ and ‘beerpong’. However, it is not possible to describe the fun the Hellingprofs had that evening in words. Therefore, we will show it with some nice pictures:

As always, Hellingprofs are training for the next beerpong tournament that is coming up

 

Ehlana, Alger en Gijs enjoying the evening

 

Tjalle obviously enjoying his evening as well

 

 

Onno cherishing his special beers

 

Bart telling a joke, Robin laughing but Alger finding the joke quite offensive


Spinning lesson from Filip

The day after, everyone could recover from the night before by the special Lustrum spinning lesson from Filip. Almost the entire spinning room was full of Hellingprofs so we are very proud of the turn-out, showing that our association has grown a lot over the past years! With our own (Sigrids) songs, everybody had a reason to push it to the limits, while being motivated by Filips encouragements. Unfortunately, not all people in the Bongerd could enjoy our songs as much as we did 😉

Filip breathless while trying to shout over his own music

 

After the spinning lesson, there was a drink with our friends from IJzersterk. Our birthday party was of course celebrated with cake.


Escaperoom

The Thursday of the first Lustrum week, some Hellingprofs had the opportunity to join an escaperoom experience in Wageningen. There were two different escape rooms: the crazy farmer and the prisoner of war. The crazy farmers were very dedicated to prevent the ‘crazy farmer’ from destroying the world by his dangerous invention. Because of the astonishing teamwork, this group was the first team getting out of their escape room. The other team had more trouble in their ‘war bunker’. At a certain time close to the end there was an error in the escaperoom, but they still managed to get out in time.

However the crazy farmer team had to wait a very long time for the other team, so they started to play a nice game of pool to kill the time. They almost managed to finish a whole pooling competition while waiting.

Both teams brotherly standing next to each other after the intense experience they just had


Lustrum ride

On the 18th of November we had our special lustrum ride. Although all the side activities were very nice, as a real cycling association you must host a special ride to celebrate your lustrum. There was only one place where you could go during such a special occasion: The Posbank. So, on a bitterly cold morning we started our journey with a group of about 15 people (rather conspicuously the female-male ratio was 0). Although it was really cold, the sun was shining brightly and after a while it became quite comfortable on the bike (some people disagree though). Eventually, we reached the gigantic summit of the Posbank and we decided that we needed to celebrate that as well with a cup of coffee and some cake. Bravely we decided to sit outside, but that was probably not so smart. When we got on the bike again everyone was frozen to the bone. After a few hours riding we reached Wageningen again and we could look back upon a very nice day.

No photos were taken during the ride. Therefore this polar bear is shown, who nicely reflects the terrible cold that was conquered that day


Hellingproof pubquiz

The second Lustrum week started with a special Hellingproof pubquiz at Loburg. Beforehand, a special guest was announced and rumours were going around on who it was. People were thinking about Annemiek van Vleuten, Casper, or maybe even Jan-Willem van Schip. However no one guessed it right, because the special guest was even better than anyone could have ever imagined: it was Sinterbaas!

Sinterbaas giving a thumbs up to all the Hellingprofs

 

It was an exciting pubquiz, and it was a ‘neck to neck’ race with some teams competing for victory. Eventually, one team did so well in the last round that they ended up in the lead with 69 points, way ahead of the second place.

Team Der Mitgliedcoördinator receiving their prize


Fancy dinner

The final activity of the Lustrum celebrations was the fancy dinner at Villa Brutus in Ede. As cyclists, of course we went to Ede by bike, with a peloton of 33 Hellingprofs. Some of our earliest members who were joining the dinner said that they could remember the times when Hellingproof didn’t even exist out of 33 members. After this emotional moment of realisation what had become of Hellingproof, it was time to eat our bellies full.

The new Hellingproof camera is of such good quality that even Rutger can keep his eyes open and smile on a photo!

 

Proof that Villa Brutus was crouded with Hellingprofs during the dinner

 

Harmen and Gijs delighted by the sight of their appetizer

 

Sobin

 

 

Bahlana

 

Bronno

 

After the dinner, the moment occurred where everyone waited for during the whole evening: the distribution of our first Almanak! Of course the first ever members of Hellingproof (Bart and Harmen) had the honour to receive the first Almanaks.

Bart and Harmen proudly presenting the Almanak

 

The Lustrum committee and the board were very delighted to see how many of us participated in all the Lustrum activities. We had a great two weeks and hope to see you all during our next Lustrum, which is only still 1810 days ahead of us!

Bestuurswissel

Tuesday 2 October was the General Members Meeting (ALV). During this meeting, there was reflected on last year, the winners of the classifications were handed their prizes, and the members of different committees got a small gift for their hard work last year. After that, the board changed and there was looked at all the nice activities and board goals for coming year. After the meeting was over, there were some free drinks by our already very generous new treasurer Rik.

A week later at Tuesday 9 October was our constitution drink, during which Hellingprofs and other board members could congratulate the new board. Last years board took a lot of effort in going to all other constitution drinks to make ours busier… and with success! Even our cycling friends from Amsterdam and Utrecht came to have a drink with us. However, it became clear that they not only came for the drinks, but also for our attributes.

It didn’t take long before we lost most of them. Even the treasurer was kidnapped. However, the Amsterdam board was so nice to give him in loan for the time being. Despite all of this, it still was a great evening with a lot of different boards and Hellingprofs!


Here is some introduction of the new board members so that you know what you will be up against when asking all of your questions to them:

Bas

I am this year’s chairman of Hellingproof. I was also part of last year’s board. I will do my best to lead the board to another successful year for Hellingproof. Some facts about myself.  I’m 22 years old. I’m currently in my fourth year of my special planning education and I’m also a geography teacher. I’m still working in a bike shop. However most of the time I spent on one of my bikes. To the university I use my 40 year old simplex Amsterdam police bike. For all my other bike related activities I can use one of my two racing bikes, a beach bike and a track/fixed gear bike. If you have questions about the association, cycling, bikes etc etc do not hesitate to ask them. I hope to see you all on our trainings and activities!


Onno

My name is Onno, I am 21 years old and I come from a town called ‘Sint Odiliënberg’ located in Limburg. I study the master earth and environment and started riding a road bike 2.5 years ago when I bought a second-hand 10-year-old Giant TCR. After I absolutely ravaged my bike in Austria (I was there on exchange for 5 months) I bought a new bike this summer, which is also a Giant TCR, but a 1000 times better. Currently those are the only two bikes I have but depending on the amount of money I have more may follow. My role in the new board is vice-chairman and my goals for the board are to make the integration of new members as smooth as possible and to make them feel at home and off course to have a lot of fun as well.


Jeroen

Hi! My name is Jeroen Louwinger. I’m in my second year of the bachelor spatial planning. This year I will be the secretary of Hellingproof. I’m the one who maintains contact with the sports center about our trainings, ensure that no e-mails remain unseen and that the e-mails reach the right person of the board. I also take the minutes of all the meetings that we will have together. I cycle on a Koga Kimera road prestige team (2015). Actually, I have two of them, one assembled with Shimano 105 and the other one with Shimano Ultegra. Likewise a Specialized Crosstrail elite disc as a mountainbike. Besides cycling I wake up three

mornings a week at 5 am to swim! This year, I hope to be able to contribute to a well running of activities and to keep the board running smoothly.


Rik

Hey everybody, I’m Rik Timmers, the new treasurer of Hellingproof. I’m in my second year now of the bachelor forest and nature conservation. For the members who don’t know me personally, my advice is to just keep talking to the other Hellingprofs, and once you stumble upon someone with a very recognizable awesome Limburgish accent you have found me. My bike collection now consists of four bikes, three road bikes and one mtb. My personal goal for the new year as member of the board is to convince one of my friends who recently started cycling to join Hellingproof.


Gijs

My name is Gijs, I’m 22 years old (although some people might confuse this number with 13) and I usually bike on the never forsaking, well known and always beautiful Rose Xeon RS-3000. You might know me from last year, rumours saying that then I was Hellingproof board member as well. I’m currently in the second year of two of the masters I’m following in Wageningen: Biotechnology and Nutrition & Health. My cycling ambitions consist mainly of having a good time on the bike while also being a little competitive once in a while. This year I am fulfilling the role of media commissioner within the Hellingproof board, which means that coming year I will be the proud main editor of our beloved cycling mail. A main goal in my second year as board member is to try and get as many Hellingprofs as possible involved in our many activities we’ve planned for coming year. I also think it’s important to improve the fame of Hellingproof within Wageningen so that more and more people can envision their Hellingprof they knew they always had inside.



Roeland

Hello dear Hellingprofs! My name is Roeland Jensma and I’m the commissioner PR in our new Board. I just turned 19 last month and I’m currently in my second year of the bachelor Plant Science. I grew up in the always beautiful ‘Noordoostpolder’ in a small village called Marknesse. On these boring straight, long roads without any hills to be seen, I started my cycling career on my Specialized Allez Comp (which I still use today), about two years ago. So, I’m still quite a rookie on the bike, but my first year of cycling with Hellingproof has improved my cycling skills substantially. At the beginning of this semester I even rode my first race, ‘de ronde van Bemmel.’ I enjoyed every bit of it and that’s why I will try to compete in most of the student cups of next season. However, this is my first time ever to be part of a board. I hope to learn a lot from being part of this board. Besides this, with my admiration for Hellingproof and my passion for cycling I’m motivated to make Hellingproof again a slightly greater cycling club than it already is.

 

Nederlands studenten kampioenschap (NSK)

The biggest race of the year was there again. All the hard work that was done over the last season had to pay off now. Everyone was determined to let every pedal stroke count. Who would get the eternal glory to ride in the red-white-blue jersey? First the women without licence started their race. Els, Sigrid and Anouk did everything they could and finished in the peloton, but unfortunately SKITS managed to take the podium all for themselves. Then it was the turn of the men without licence. Hellingproof had a big delegation with Robin, Alger, Bram, Jetze, Jeroen, Onno, Rik and Job and especially for Robin this was the big day. Could he manage to get the leader jersey back and maybe even secure the win? The Hellingprofs did very well to stay in the peloton in very windy conditions, but then disaster struck. Robin found out that his wheel was not tightened properly, and he had to stop and secure his back wheel. Luckily, he could get back behind a car and because of his magic legs he still managed to finish 3rd! Unfortunately, the overall leader won so he did not manage to get the overall jersey back.

Robin with his nice 2nd place overall in the SWN classification

 

Afterwards it was time for the men with license to shine with Bas, Bart and Tjalle. Tjalle showed his race wisdom to get in the breakaway that managed to get to the finish first. Unfortunately, he did not manage to get into the top 3 but still managed a respectable 5th. Bas showed he is a bit less smart than Tjalle to get into a ‘chasse patate’ on his own but still finished in front of the bunch as 9th. Afterwards he succumbed on the ground and made for a laughable seen.

Bart helping Bas after his NSK race, while Tjalle just laughs at the situation

 

The last race with people from our delegation was the men elite race with Niels and Harmen. Niels prepared excellently by getting out of the bar at 6 the same morning. Therefore, he managed to get into a solo breakaway but, despite the excellent preparation, he could not manage to stay ahead of the bunch. Eventually the race ended in a bunch sprint and neither rider was really able to participate. Despite that we had an excellent day and we treated ourselves with a recovery meal at restaurant the golden arches and another episode of boer zoekt vrouw.