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Weekend Round-Up – Week 14

From Great Britain to Croatia, from races to adventures

Last weekend was packed with races and adventures for the riders of CST Superior Bart Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team.

Grant Ferguson, reigning British national champion, was at the start of the first round of the British Series in Llanelli, Wales. He had to deal with the typical British weather, which made for exciting slippery sections in the woods. Turned out it was no problem for Grant, who took home the win!

 

After the race, he said “The course has changed a bit since yesterday, it’s mostly sandy and fast. It got a bit slippery in the woods which made it exciting. The drop’s a nice feature. I’m off to the World Cup in a few weeks so I’m going to be working towards that now.”

Grant will be able to show his new custom made Icarus in Cairns soon.

Grant Ferguson was not the only teamrider with success last weekend. Yana Belomoina got second in the Kamenjak Rocky Trails 2016 in Pula, Croatia and Sebastian Fini won a 75km marathon in Denmark. Hans Becking raced the ‘Hell of Groesbeek’ in the Netherlands and Jiri Novak the Kamptal-Klassik-Trophy in Langenlois, Austria.

Rudi van Houts sought out the adventure in Beringen, Belgium. This is what fun looks like!

 

Tour of Flanders

Our road riders had a big weekend ahead during the 100th edition of the Tour of Flanders. After the devastating news of the passing of Antoine Demoitié last week, there was an impressive minute of silence and applause in honor of him. Wanty-Groupe Gobert lined up with with Frederik Backaert, Dimitri Claeys, Björn Thurau, Tom Devriendt, Marco Marcato, Jérôme Baugnies, Kenny Dehaes and Kévin Van Melsen to ride for Antoine. The team brought a salute to Antoine via the ninth place of Dimitri Claeys.

Dimitri Claeys first on Oude Kwaremont. Communique de presse: http://bit.ly/1qoYOHTPersbericht: http://bit.ly/1UBDeNc…

Posted by Wanty – Groupe Gobert on Sunday, April 3, 2016

 

Roompot Oranje Peloton had three wishes for the Tour of Flanders:

  1. 1. To take part in the breakaway;
  2. 2. To play a role in the finale;
  3. 3. To finish with as many riders as possible in Oudenaarde.

After a day of racing, 255 kilometres and 18 climbs further, the team can stripe these wishes of the list. Various racers can now add ‘Flanders Finest’ to their resume.

The lineup of Roompot Oranje Peloton.

Not only was the Tour of Flanders a big race for the riders, it was also a big race for the spectators. We were able to give away three nights at the ‘Oranje (Orange) Camping’ to cycling fans. Nico Laeremans was one of the lucky ones to see the race close by and it looks like he was having a great time!

We were also able to give some of our dealers the chance to experience the Driedaagse De Panne with team FDJ. They visited the morning ride and the time trial and had a look behind the scenes of the cycling team. Others were invited to meet Arnaud Demare before the start of the Tour of Flanders.

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Preparing for Rio in Mallorca

Our handbiker Tim de Vries is preparing for the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. How he does it? By training with the Dutch National Selection in Mallorca, Spain. After two weeks on the island and a lot of training further, Tim can conclude that these weeks were very productive. He feels that he is getting fitter and stronger now that the start of the season is near and the first race is next weekend, the 9th of April, in Rotterdam. Tim has a lot of confidence coming into the new season and is grateful for having te chance to train in Rio de Janeiro, Florida and Mallorca. Below an impression of the intervaltraining of Tim.

 

And last, but not least, Joost Wichman shows you how to take your roadbike for a spin!