Published May 2008
Here a short report from the Lowlands footbike league (NAF-cup).
The season started in April in Flevoland polder. Scooterteam Almere
organised the yearly footbikecross through Kotterbos. www.autoped.nl/almere
In total 58 particpants at startline. Weatherconditions were a bit
cold, but luckily no rain. Some new names on the list and lot of
familiar faces. New is a full field of 10 girls in cadet category.
A huge battle between these girls with a shocking tempo for such
a heavy cross. Lots of run elements, grass, sand and also asphalt.
New in Dutch competition is that the Veterans and Junior categories
are next to being seperated also integrated in senior races. So
the seniors have this season a hard time.
And that new rule was visible in womens category during this first
race, in which 17 year old Rosanne Reijne won the race. And became
not only junior winner but also senior winner. This new strategy
is to keep the juniors in to our competition sport. Age 16 and 17
is a difficult age group to keep involved in competition. And by
giving them a double status this could make this season way more
interesting for the junior riders and more competitive also for
seniors at same time.
In men's category it was Dutch Champion Durance René Elzinga
from team leukedagweg.nl that won the race with a gap of a minute
to number two Hans Korbee from new team Hotel Doesburg. Third became
Lars Kessler (Mars Scooter Team) followed in just 2 seconds by Albert
Klompmaker (team Hotel
A heavy cross.
Race 2 took place May 17th in the North. www.autoped.nl/afsluitdijk
The fameous timetrial over Afsluitdijk. Beautifull warm weather
in the weeks before the event and then suddenly on Saturday the
17th a 10C drop in temperature and strong east wind and rainshowers.
It was tough also for the helpers, building startzone and hanging
out for 4 hours on a seadyke in wind and rain. Dutch conditions.
Around 50 riders showed up at startline on the locks at begin of
Afsluitdijk. Ready for the 38 km timetrial against full wind right
through the sea.
At the other side in Harlingen we witnesed a heavy battle to finishline.
Suprise of the day was Erik de Groot (team Green White Feet) with
his new G4 Kickbike and spinergy wheel finishing 3d behind Rene
Elzinga (1st) and Hans Korbee (2d). Also amazing was the time of
veteran Gerard van Oorschot. With his superlight Exion he finished
in 5th overall time. Heavy timetrials seems to be cleary his thing.
Again Rosanne Reijne (Team High Level Van der Laan) won the women's
race followed Hermien Koers (Selles Kamperzeedijk) and third on
the podium was Janine Knol (Selles Kamperzeedijk).
Despite weather the price ceremony was great in de Zeehoeve. A crowed
bar area, cleary sport is growing also in aftermatch. Every one
got a certificate and an Afsluitdijk army cap. And we also spotted
some new names in the race from Schagen team gevloerd.nl (Schagen
a city which has it's own scooter team 20 years ago, so that shows
some new potential??). Hopefully this trend of startfields of 50
and more continues in to the third nafcup. Which is during NC sprint
in Breda begin June.
For photos and result lists. Surf to the websites.