Published May, 2011
LYON FRANCE - We had some nice time in Lyon where the first
round of Eurocup 2011 season had been held on May 14-15. Nowadays
on, Lyon is the place, where scooter sport history was rewritten...
After some 10 hours of driving we came to sunny Lyon to meet our
European scooter friends and also to have some scooter racing there.
was an opening tour on Friday in bright sunny conditions through
the inner city hart of Lyon was just in one word superb. It was
beautifull, sportive (a climb to cathedral) and very good organised
with a free bus in which all footbikers could ride (including
footbikes) to the centre of town (and back). And with a finishing
touch a short speech of major at town hall with a drink.
Unfortunately (next day's) sunny Saturday morning changed into rainy
afternoon, so we kicked those 42km in muddy cold weather.
As the footbikers are strong and any behavior of St. Peter could
not stop them, the pole of some 50 people kicked the first kms of
new European season, with usual habits, however with unusual result.
There was no one to keep the pace in the man field, so the leading
pack of some 8 men was kicking lazy enough (some 25,5 average) to
be caught by a tiny lady from Woudenberg, Holland, Rosanne Reijne.
She started one minute after the pack of men to catch us in the
second lap and keeping the pace every time no mighty footbiker wanted
to do so:) As a result, Rosanne won the 42km marathon overall, because
she stayed in the main field till the end, to rewrite the history
of our sport - I guess never in the history of Eurocup, men have
been defeated by woman. It happened in Lyon - may be it is the end
Also it was unusual event, because seldom we have 8 men spurting
for victory together in the last few meters. Similarly to cycling,
we had this kind of finish in Lyon, and suddenly I was first on
the finish line some meters in front of Jasper Stringa and still
junior Marek Kadlec.
After putting some dry clothes on, we had nice time with the bunch
of footbikers later in the evening, drinking some tasty wine and
eating even tastier French fromage. Mr. Hub, unusually, was delivering
some old scooter sport stories, which is fun every time he starts
with that kind of themes...I would translate them to you one time...
Sunday, luckily, was sunny again, so we could kick 10km in a little
bit more comfortable way. Despite the pace was a little bit higher
(some 27km/h), there was again no one to escape. As men were arguing,
who would keep the pace, Rosanne again somewhere behind, was kicking
her own time trial, and finally she was faster in the overall standings
again (some 27,2km/h for tiny lady in10km kicking alone seems to
be fast enough:).
Well, 5 men group consisting of me, Jasper, Lars, Marek and Stephan,
was battling in the spurt again and luckily I won really close in
front of Jasper and Stephan. Then we all gave our congrats to Rosanne
again :):) That is how it was. Thanks to Christophe to great event.
Iam sure to be back in 2012 to bring the honor back to the men human
kind:) CU all in Germany.
Lyon IKSA eurocup 2011 A
Lyon IKSA eurocup 2011 B