Published July 5, 2009
On saturday the fourth of july a lot of Dutch and German footbikers
were present at Flevonice, in winter the longest artofficial iceskatetrack
in the world (in summer traffic free asfalt track). On this day
the Dutch Footbike Association (NAF) organised different footbike-elements
as part of the National Kickbike Cup. On a very sunny, warm but
also windy day we started with a teamtimetrial. The timetrial with
teams of 3 persons riding 1200 meters together (so no relay) in
the senior men-category was won by the team Gevloerd.nl. They were
faster than team High Level/van der Laan and team Hotel Doesburg.
In the senior women-category team Twente beated team Hotel Doesburg.
The timetrial was part of the teamranking of the National Kickbike
In the afternoon it was time for theindividual elements. The individual
race was divided in two elements. A sprint with a distance of 800
meters (with rolling or so called 'fying' start) and an endurance-race
over 30 kilometers. The ranking in both elements was decisive for
the overall-ranking of this day.
The sprintrace had some very strong competitors with Dutch sprintchampion
Roel van der Velde and former Dutch sprintchampions as Albert Klompmaker,
René Elzinga and André Visscher. In the women-field Dutch and Worldchampion
Hermien Koers was absent. This was the chance for both Rosanne Reijne
and Wenda Zuiddam to close the gap that Hermien has set with her
victories earlier this season in the overallranking. The sprintelement
in the women senior category was won by Wenda Zuiddam (Stepteam
Rotterdam) in 1.24.187. Second was Rosanne Reijne (Stepteam High
Level) with 1.26.885 and third was junior Nohroa Hutten (Hit the
Road) with 1.40.822.
Number three in the senior men category was the leader of the National
Kickbike Cup-overallclassification René Elzinga (Steppendoejezo.nl).
With his time of 1.19.009 he lost almost 0.7 seconds to number two
Albert Klompmaker Stepteam Hotel Doesburg), who (military deployed
at the Dutch Antilles) used his vacation to participate at Flevonice
and the EC in the Czech Republic. With his time of 1.18.401 he surprised
everyone. Fastest sprinter this saturday was Hans Korbee (StepcrOss)
and that was also a little surprise. He set down a 1.18.014 and
beated the reigning and the former sprintchampions.
After the sprints it was time for the endurance-race over 30 kilometers.
Everybody knew what to do to get the best overall classification
of the day. In the womenfield it was very exciting. Rosanne Reijne
and Wenda Zuiddam were much faster than the rest and ended the race
with a tremendous sprint. Rosanne beated Wenda with 0.06 seconds.
How much closer can it be ? Third again was Nohroa Hutten with a
difference of more than 13 minutes. For the overallclassification
of this day this all meant that both Rosanne Reijne (first time
this season) and Wenda Zuiddam (second time this season) took the
full score by ending both on first place. With this they put some
pressure again on Hermien Koers. Third of the day was junior Nohroa
Hutten. With this result she beated a lot of senior and veteran
In the senior mencategory there were no limits on a furious René
Elzinga. Disappointed over his third place in the sprint he wanted
to show that he is still the best. With an average speed of almost
29 km/hour on a very windy track he was by far the fastest. Number
two in the endurancereace was Martijn Dashorst (Stepteam Heerenveen),
who is really on his way back. He lost almost one and a half minute
to René but was more than two minutes faster than number three Hans
Korbee. Due to his not so good sprinttime Martijn did not reach
the victorystage. Because he was number nine in the endurancerace
and second at the sprint Albert Klompmaker reached the victorystage
as third of the day. Both René Elzinga as Hans Korbee obtained a
first and a third place this day. With that they were both winners
of the day and gained 30 points for the National Kickbike Cup. René
for the third time this season and Hans for the second time.
In the veteran men category Mario Reijne (High Level/ van der Laan)
was the winner and in the veteran womencategory Conny Brans was
the best of the day. With all the shared first places and of course
the youthwinners we have a lot of winners at Flevonice. But most
important is that every participating footbiker was a winner, being
able to ride on an unique traffic-free skatetrack with excellent
Next event in the National Kickbike Cup is the race in Noord Scharwoude
on saturday August 29. The race through the villagecentre will last
one houre plus one round. But first footbike-event will be the European
Championships in the Czech Republic next weekend. The Netherlands
will be represented by more than 20 footbikers with one mission:
defend the titles from Sankt Wendel 2007 and improve at the other
disciplines. But most of all we want to have fun and enjoy the EC.