Published June 2008
Mario Reijne from team High Level van der Laan made on Friday 13
and Saturday 14 June 2008 an attemp to break the National Dutch
24 footbike record and make the first official record recognized
by the national Dutch Footbike Organisation.
The Dutch record was held till then by Gerrit Jan Beldman (team
Selles Kamperzeedijk) who kicked in 1994 together with Andre Visscher
and both made the first individual 24 hours attemp ever registrated
in our sport. And in 1996 Gerrit-Jan improved the distance in to
450,448 km on a 12 inch wheeled scooter. All
these records were however unofficial. Later
in 2002 in Finland Alpo Kuusisto (Fin) set 3 unofficial records:
24 hour record of 519 km next to a 20 hour record of 451 km and
15 hour record of 355,5 km). Which are regarded as the fastes times
ever kicked in the World.
(According to the Dutch record rulement all the earlier mentioned
records are regarded as unofficial records ; either because drafting
or because of the track or other reasons).
Mario Reijne (age 47) is not new to long distance footbiking. He
kicked in 1988 together with Dick Schurink and Gerrit Jetten from
Rome (Italy) to Woudenberg (Netherlands) in 19 days. Also Mario
finished already 20 times the 230 km long Elfsteden footbike tour
and he took part in the heavy 245 km long tour around IJssemeer.
Mario was also active in footbike competition sport in the 80ties
and in Septemer 2007 he rejoined competition sport and started his
own team High Level van der Laan.
The man from Woudenberg did a lot of preparation for this 24 hours
attemp and donated all sponsormoney to the an organisation called
'Sailing with Vision'. This organisation owns a sailingboat for
disabled people. The track he choose for the 24 hours attemp also
aimed partly for publicity (to attract sponsors). And the route
did cross right through his home town. So traffic and people during
the attemp on te road.
The attemp started at 16.00 hours and the exact length of the route
was 5364,66 m. Officially measured by jury members of NAF and according
it's record rulement.
During the attemp jury members of NAF were continually following
the rider. And there were no riders or supporters in front of Mario.
(Supporting ok but drafting was not allowed).
So this makes it the first official record attemp approved by NAF.
Other attemps before this are called unofficial.
Mario dropped down during the night 2 times, this because of less
concentration and probably getting tired. It resulted in a slighty
swollen ancle and a ditch in his helmet. But lucky Mario could continue.
The weather during the attemp was a bit clowdy sometimes and wind
was around 4, and some showers. But mostly dry.
During the event people could guess what the exact distance would
be or donate money to 'Sailing with Vision'.
Also Gerrit Jan Beldman was at start line to congratulate Mario
on the finish line. Mario made 461.361
km on his footbike within 24 hours. So he did break the National
Dutch record with over 10 km.
10 hours: 203.857 km
15 hours 295.056 km
20 hours 386.256 km
24 hours 461.361
Footbikebrand used during this attemp: Kickbike G4 racer.
the website of the attemp http://www.stepteamhighlevel.nl/24uur/