Month: April 2017

Studentcup Amsterdam

At Saturday the 22nd of April it was time for the student cup in Amsterdam, with both Bart and Susan in the leading jersey!

Men without license
The kick-off was for the men without license. For Hellingproof Alger, Bart, Conor, Martijn and Thijs were present. There was a lot of wind on the track, creating harsh conditions. Bart was present in the breakaway, while the other Hellingprofs assured that the peloton did not close the gap. When the breakaway was gone Alger, Conor and Thijs were trying to force another second breakaway. This did not succeed, so in the peloton sprint Conor became 15th, while Alger finished 10th, just in front of Thijs who came in at the 9th place. Martijn bravely rode and finished at the 24th place.

As leader in the breakaway group the other riders were continuously looking to Bart. Even when he was trying to eat, other riders were attacking his position. In the final sprint there was a strong headwind and Bart was at first position from the start. Due to this headwind it became surprisingly exciting, but Bart was strong enough and just had a few centimetres advantage on the finish line! With this win he consolidated his positon in the general classification.

Women
Also in the women’s race the leader in the general classification was a Hellingprof. Susan was supported by Els, Vera and Sigrid. Due to the wind the race was very closed. Attacks from riders were immediately closed by the peloton.

The Hellingproof ladies were able to perform on a high level. The race ended in a mass sprint. In this mass sprint Susan just missed the podium and ended up 4th. Vera became 13th, Els finished 19th, Sigrid rode her 3rd race ever and finished on the 25th place. In the overall classification Susan still leads with one point to the second place.

Men with license
In the men with license only Harmen and Robin were presented. In the race Robin was one of the first to launch an attack, and two other riders followed. This breakaway of three was able to hold on for half an hour, when they decided it was enough. Back with a complete peloton Harmen and Robin reacted turn by turn on every breakaway attempt. In the end Harmen was able to make it into the final breakaway of seven. In the final sprint Harmen became 5th, while Robin was second in the peloton sprint and finished 9th.

Thymos sports gala: Julie sports woman of the year!

Last Tuesday the Thymos sports gala took place. For Hellingproof Julie was nominated in the category sports women of the year, while Bart and Niels were nominated in the category sports man of the year. Just as previous year Julie got most of the votes and could defend her title!!! Congratulations Julie! Bart and last year’s winner Niels unfortunately did not win the title, but Hellingproof was again visible in Wageningen.

Hellingproof went on trainings camp!

In the weekend of 14-17 April Hellingproof was in the Eifel for a training weekend. During this 4-day weekend the bike was used every day! On Friday and Saturday some tours of 2.5 hours were done to warm up for the Sunday. On Sunday it was time for a longer ride in multiple groups. Even off-road tracks were no problem for the racers. At Monday morning some riders even did an extra ride in the rain and hail. Thank you all for the nice weekend!

Studentcup Wageningen

At the 1st of April we organised our own student cup at the cycling track in Ede. The day started early with a lot of members that volunteered, thanks to you the organisation went smoothly. Luckily our Hellingprof member Wim was present with a camera to make beautiful pictures.

In all categories a big Hellingproof squad was present. Besides that there was enough support from other Hellingprofs cheering on the line.

Men without license
The first category at the stat were the men without license. For Hellingproof Alger, Bart, Bram, Jorn, Martijn and Thijs were present. Just after some minutes in the race rain started drippling down on the track. It immediately became slippery due to the sharp corners. Alger was the first victim and crashed in one of the corners.

In the epic conditions the peloton got smaller and smaller. In the meantime Bram had a moment of brightness and discovered his phone was probably not water proof. He stopped at the jury table, dropped his phone and continued the race.

Bram managed to chase some other riders behind the peloton and finished 11th. Martijn drove just behind the peloton in a small group of three. In the final sprint he beat the other riders and secured the 13th place. In the main peloton Bart, Jorn and Thijs managed to survive and control the race perfectly. After a super team effort Bart took the victory in the sprint, Jorn became second and Thijs just missed the podium with a 4th place. In the overall classification Bart is now first, and Thijs second.

Ladies
After this race it was time for the women’s race. Again Hellingproof had a nice squad, now with: Els, Sigrid, Susan and Vera. The conditions were still harsh and the peloton immediately got divided into smaller groups.

Unfortunately Sigrid had a crash in one of the sharp corners. Els and Vera rode strong. They both rode in smaller groups, Vera ended up a t a nice 12th place and Els managed to make it into the top-10 with her 10th place.

In the main peloton Susan survived and looked very strong. In the mass sprint she was able to conquer the second place in the race! With this podium place, she is now also the leader in the overall classification.

Men with license
Finally the men with license had to start their race. For Hellingproof Gijs, Robin, Ruben and Tjalle made it at the start line. Just 15 seconds after the start promptly Niels was there  as well. This Hellingprof had a flat tire just before the start and missed it! Luckily the astonished jury was not too hard and gave him half a lap compensation.

The track was still slippery, resulting in a decimated peloton right from the start. Niels, Ruben and Tjalle were immediately at the front. After a few laps Niels found out he did not had his pre-race coffee, so decided to get off and make coffee for himself and the spectators.

The peloton fell apart in three smaller groups: Ruben in the first group, Robin and Tjalle in the third group. Gijs raced just behind these groups and finished at a well-deserved 16th place. In the breakaway group Ruben looked very strong, spectators were already speculating about a Hellingprof on the podium in all categories. Unfortunately Ruben had a crash and was forced to leave the race. Robin and Tjalle were still racing for place 9 in the race. In the sprint of their group Tjalle finished 11th and Robin 12th.

Overall the sportive performances were super high! Due to this, Hellingproof is now the leader in the team classification!!

After the successful day we had some ‘patat’ and beer/wine for perfect recovery. Finally we would like to thank everyone who helped in the preparation and during the day, without you it would not have been possible!

 

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