Brown / Moreno
The Eelco Bruinsma Classic is every year organized in dedication of our friend Eelco Bruinsma (Brown). He is a true lover of the sport, a great companion, a wonderful friend, and by far the most competitive cyclist we encountered yet. Brown made a tradition of winning almost all of his own classics, so it a pleasure and temptation to break his beautiful string of victories.
This year the EBC was organised on the Mont Ventoux, and the Champ took up the challage after a dissapointing performance in the EBC last year on the Wannereval (Wanne, Belgium). Niks had carefully maintained his good legs after the Pyrenean tour in July. The Champ made an outstanding performance on the Mont Ventoux putting Brown second. With his 1 hour 35 minutes for the climb from Bedoin we congratulate the Champ with his first place.
To make his succes complete Champs girlfriend Marjolein, who chose the Ventoux as her first cycling col ever, made the double complete by winning the ladies competion. Chapeau!
Stok in the decent of the Wanne.
One moment you are an average cyclist, the next moment you are performing in a true UCI World Championship for Amateur racers. The UWCT final was the cherry on the cake for Stok for making an excellent comeback in 2011. Because of their outstanding performances in the Gran Fondo Eddy Mercks Caspar and Stok qualified for the UCI-final for Amateur racers in Stavelot, Belgium. Ofcourse they didn't let this opportunity pass by.
On a rainy summer morning Caspar Hermans started the final for 45+ masters and for 90 kilometers he kept in the front of the race. Unfortunately the cold of the rain, and probably not eating enough during the race hit him hard on the Wanne. Caspar had to give up his good position loosing 20 minutes in 20 kilometer.
Stok didn't take the event too seriously, cause he felt he didn't have a change. This lousy mentality put him after the start in the back of the peloton of 40+ masters. That is ofcourse the worst place to be, and after 7km he fell. Not being able to get back to the pack he started a time trial for 100 km noticing he had much better legs as expected, but being far behind the squat he also missed a turn with some other guys after the Haut-Levée and lost 20 minutes more. Full of adrenalin, blood on his arms and legs he finished as 68th of the world of Amateurs.
For Caspar and Stok the UWCT-Final was a superb experience. The race was profesional organised and the parcours was challenging and beautiful. Their participation in the Worlds-final striggered Bart Man's unsatisfiable ambition for next year.
Retro is the new fashion, but Bart is pushing it introducing a twenty year old steal Jan Janssen retro bike on our annual Sunday morning training. Leaving his amazing Storck at home he might think his extra effort to follow the pack will bring him more supercompenstion for spring. Or is he finally admitting, given his dubious track record of two crashes this year, that he first has to learn to cycle before he beat us on the cols better?
(image courtesy of Graham Watson)
For those of you who cannot wait, here a preview of what we are up to next summer. The Queenstages is about the Colle della Finestre. This unpaved col was part of the last Giro 2011. Our route designer Stok sometimes goes to far in his mission to discover new offbeaten paths. He did us in the past over MTB tracks and some cowfields.
We had enough heroic and disastrous storiesin the past like the impossible climb and decent of the Pic de Canigou (2009) or the decent of the Col d'Artigascou (east) (2011). Our profesional carbon bikes are not made to do MTB tracks. Hopefully Stok is smarter this year, but he believes that if a complete peloton of professional riders can pass the unpaved Finestre, than we surely can as well.