Published September 2006
Race Report - Swansea Eurocup 2006
This year we had two more UK riders and welcomed back our friends
from The Netherlands. Sadly, our Czech friends could not come this
year at the last moment because of some technical problems with
car! We hope to see you next year.
The 19.5km race and the 3x2km relay races were held as last year
in Singleton Park, overlooking the sea and the University in very
pleasant warm end-of-summer weather; mostly sunny with a little
cloud and a breeze from the south. The park is on the slope of a
hill and provides a tough but interesting course of 1.95km with
flat stretches, a long fast downhill, some technical bits and two
uphill legs. 10 laps on this course is a challengewhich was met
again by Lars Kessler (DE) who finished first of the men and by
Peterina van der Molen (NL) who finished first of the women with
an average of 8 laps at 5:33 for the 15.6km.
A newcomer from the UK this year; Mike King came a pretty close
second with an average lap time of 5:21 against Lars's 5:06 - watch
out for this guy! Roel van der Velde came third with an average
lap time of 5:33. Only Ben Beachell UK and Rob Wachowki (UK) came
close to the front runners completing 9 laps each at the end of
the race when Lars had finished. Ben's result is particularly impressive
since he rides an XC model Kickbike® with off-road tyres and front
suspension - it would be interesting to know how quick he is with
a customised road bike.
The relay race was entered by 4 teams and won by team (Kamperzeedik
- NL) which quite remarkably had two riders with exactly the same
name! The fastest lap of the day was Roel's second relay lap at
4:44. Second were Team Krackers (UK) in which Ben Beachell completed
the second fastest lap of the day at 4:48.
The races as usual, after clearing the course and getting the bikes
packed, were followed by a re-hydration session in the 'Brittania'
pub in Llanmadoc followed by a calm technical analysis of racing
technique (I don't think so!), distribution of certificates and
a rather less calm evening with refreshment and chilli!
Slightly jaded riders assembled at the start of the 1km sprint race
on the sea shore which is part of one of the biggest running events
in the UK, the Swansea Bay 10km race. The Eurocup race was the first
event of the day and - yes, Lars won it, but only by overtaking
Roel in the last 200m! A notable third was achieved by David Riches
(UK), a relative newcomer to the race closely followed by Pieter
Jan van Loo. The weather was again very warm and pleasant, but there
was a head wind for part of the race which has brought down finish
times from previous years. Goody bags and medals were handed out
to contestants at the end. Another enjoyable weekend!
I Look forward to seeing you all next year - Pete Sheterline