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Eggcelent Easter weekend

Whereas normally the easter weekend would take place in Germany, this was not doable this year due corona. The AXI was looking for an EGGciting alternative for the easter weekend. Luckily, they found one, which even included a little bit of Germany. Sehr wünderbar! 

On Friday challenges were done during the Bike&borrel route in the surroundings of Wageningen. On one of the posts, all riders made their outfit easter proof with bunny ears. Especially Alger brought back the easter spirit with ears almost as long as the route itself.  

With these beautiful ears attached to their helmets, the hellingprofs went of a search for eggs in the woods of Lunteren with even some “special eggs “ hidden among them! After all the hard work the members received a delicious borrel package for the online meeting in the evening. Here, the best pictures of the day were reviewed and there was time for everybody to catch up with each other. 

The next day, it was time for not just a ride but for the one and only Stage Shultenbrau! 

This beautiful stage brought us in pairs through a variety of landscapes. We cycled through the beautiful betuwe, visited the ancient woods near Groesbeek and even make some kilometers in the province of Limburg. A few kilometers before we crossed the border with Germany a coffee stop was provided with apple pie! Energized by the delicious apple pie, the route brought us via Nijmegen back to Wageningen. 

After this great trainingsweekend, everybody was ready for a new cycling season full of beautiful rides, coffee stops with pie, tanlines, tensive cycling events on tv, cold radlers after a long and warm rides, legs full of lactic acid, “rondje brug” with the wind in the back and ofcourse many hellingproof activities! 

Lord of the springs

True winners. True Lords of the Spring. To get ready for April cycling month, the AXI prepared 3 weeks of challenges during the Lord of the Springs – The return of the cycling season. Challenges contained amongst others climbing the steep Fountain mountain, crossing the Rhine at least 6 times in one ride, introducing people to cycling, making an Eifeltower in elevation meters and making Strava art. The team of Gijs, Bart, Vera and Tristan destroyed the competition by going all-in at ALL challenges. They must have too much time. The winners deserved a basket with beers, “bandjes” and bites, kindly provided by our sponsors @loburg and @racefietsfluisteraar. Huge thanks to them! Winner Gijs also wanted to thank his parents. Without them he would not have reached this milestone. The only thing Bart could say was “Winner winner chicken diner!!”. Well done winners! Let’s keep challenging.  

NEW training hour

We have very exciting news for you! Starting next week, the 16th of March we have a NEW training hour on Tuesdays. Not just another training we already know, but a brand new training type. We are going to train on track! This will be on the cycling track of WV Ede.

During this training hour the focus is on intervals and high intensity training as well as better bike handling and cycling technique. This is really an addition if you want to train for your first student cup or train full power, which are both not safe on the public road, but it is also an excellent training to improve your technical bike skills/ handling.

The training will be from 17.30 till 18.30 on the track of of WV Ede (Horsterweg 5, Ede), but we will leave from the Bongerd at 17.00 to cycle in small groups to Ede.

This training will be an addition to our normal training hours on Monday and Wednesday. These will continue as soon as possible.

You can subscribe to the trainig on our event page

Elst-Ede tocht

February 27, 2021

Previous weekend our Hellingprofs kicked off the touring season in the Elfstedentocht! Eh, I mean Elst-Ede-tocht. In this 100K ride they passed Elst (GLD), Elst (UT) and Ede. Just like in the real Elfstedentocht, the route was variable and had tiny roads, long straight and boring strokes with headwind, sometimes you had to go straight through a village and of course there was a stop with Koek en Zopie! In groups of two (=coronaproof!) the Hellingprofs started each 15 minutes at sport centrum the Bongerd to minimalize the chance of blending with other duos and forming a peloton. Then the tour could begin! First they went to Heteren, crossing the river Rhine and entering the region Overbetuwe. The Hellingprofs had to endure some cobblestone paths in Elst (GLD) as the route was straight through the village! After that they came along the Betuwelijn, then went back towards the river Rhine and via the dykes entering Rhenen. Until then no elevation, just easily warming up. But then they entered Utrecht and its forestry and hilly environment. Luckily our Hellingprofs didn’t had to endure this very long because the koek and zopie was close-by! The estate Zuylestein in Leersum kindly let us make use of their beautiful garden where our cyclists could take a rest after their first 65K. Our balhoofd Jetze baked a very tasty apple pie and Vera showed off with a 10L pan filled with snert (typical Dutch pea soup). Since Hellingproof was allowed to make use of the kitchen everyone was provided with hot snert, coffee and a piece of apple pie. They sat there out of the wind, with the sun in their faces: they never looked happier. It felt like summer, like touring!

After the refueling, our heroes went off again, via the dykes to Wijk bij Duurstede and then conquering the hills in Amerongen. Finally they reached familiar ground again when seeing the road signs “Veenendaal” and “Ede”. When finished in Wageningen, some of them even bought an ice cream! If that isn’t a perfect way to close the day… We are all looking forward to the rest of the upcoming touring season, but nobody will take this day from us anymore. For one day we had the luxury of riding a tour with a cafe-like stop in between, everything almost felt normal again 🙂

Racereport Studentcup Wageningen 2019

Racereport Studentcup Wageningen 2019

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!

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!

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Jake showing everyone how to win a sprint
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Anouk on the second spot of the podium
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Jake and Bram both taking home the leaders jersey of their category

Introduction weekend 2019

In the weekend of 5/6 October it is time for the yearly Hellingproof introduction weekend. De Axi has already composed a nice programme for the weekend and this will be the following:

 

Saturday October 5:

  • Cycling scavenger hunt through the surroundings in two groups. Gather 10:00 at the bongerd
  • Quiz and drinks at the Bongerd, from 15:00
  • Eating together at Haarweg and the legendary Hellingproof beerpong tournament (Address will be announced)

 

Sunday October 6:

  • Brunching together at the Bongerd at 12:00, bring your most delicious breakfast ingredient!
  • After the stomach has been filled it will be time for the well-known trip to the Posbank including a coffeestop off course

 

There will be no charge for the introduction weekend, the more reason to come! As you can see, there is again a very nice programme for the introduction weekend and when you are new to Hellingproof this is the way to get to know your fellow Hellingprofs. We already look forward to the introduction weekend and hope to see a lot of (potential) Hellingprofs at the introduction weekend!

 

Sportive greetings,

De Axi

 

P.S. Please let us know if you want to come and what day(s) you want to come by sending us an email (wielrenners.wageningen@gmail.com). Are you a vegetarian/vegan and do you want to join for dinner? Please let us know as well 🙂

Student cup Utrecht

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!

Hellingproof BBQ

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!

Hellingproof club championship

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.

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!

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