Last tuesday, the 13th, what was jokingly called the winter time trial even though we all know ice and snow in December is a product of delusions, somehow did in fact turn into a winter time trial! The night before temperatures dropped to a staggering -4 degrees here in our own Wageningen, whilst most people had already sharpened their ice skates a select few knew the importance of this time trial. Thankfully for everyone the RaCie decided to store the crazy ideas of triple laps on the Grebbeberg or endurance time trials for later this year, a simple lap Binnenveld was on the menu. A clean lap, only right handers whenever they were available, no chance for traffic, only for slippery corners.
At a temperature of -1 C, 4 brave men and 1 brave woman lined the start. Our ITT prodigy Tjalle, the most feared of all. Before him it seems like the old 9th board had some time left and were all but 1 present, although Ties only took the times. So with 3 starting, would it be possible to beat the established champion? The only woman, Roseanne will for sure be the favourite with these uncontested points. But there is plenty of talent and the cycling year is still to start.
Ofcourse with this weather it wasn’t all for naught, as the RaCie had made sure Hot Choco was present as a reward! Big thanks to Yoram for increasing his energy bill for the greater good!
On Saturday the 17th of April the very first omnium of the Racie took place on the Race track in Ede. The sun was shining, the music was playing, birds were singing, coffee was served and everybody was very excited. The first people started to arrive at 9 AM and started to explore the challenging track. The track was extended because of the addition of a parking lot and had a lot of sharp corners. Everybody seemed to really like the different race-components, which were a time trial, point race, reverse time trail and knock out race. The lunch also was very huge success with more then enough food for everybody. The jelly sandwich was enjoyed the most, with great surprise to some of the Racie members.
The head of the races with the men mostly included Wouter, Jetze and Alger. Is was not a surprise to see these men on the podium afterwards, with Wouter first, Jetze second and Alger third. With the women it was a really close race. In the end, Els managed to beat Nadja with only 0.1 points! Vera manage to get third place.
After the award ceremony a lot of people helped cleaning up, moving fences and putting tables back inside, which the Racie was very grateful for!
It is safe to say that this Omnium was a huge success and will surely be repeated in the future!
Thursday the 22nd of April was the first time trial of the year with the classical Rondje Defensieweg: a tricky time trial of about 10km in hilly terrain. The favourate for the men was Tjalle, who had won the time trial classification the past years and who in his humbleness still bothers to return his leaders jearsey at the end of every year. The favourite for the women was Judith, who had proven that she can ride at least as fast as her sister. Both favourites did not disappoint despite the enormous pressure that was laying on their shoulders and Tjalle and Judith both took the win with a considerable margin of 1:15 and 1:26 on the number two, respectively. Bas and Bart gained the other podium spots in the men’s time trial, while Eline and Els took a nice second and third place in the women’s time trial. Overall there were a lot of fast times during this first time trial, which is promising for the coming time trials!