The members of student’s mountainbike and cycling association Dutch Mountains in Maastricht are in for sports and a sociable time. Cycling and mountainbiking is possible on any level, from starter who never rode on a racing- or mountainbike before to experienced competitive riders with a license. Besides sports, there is also more than enough time to be sociable. We have monthly activities, three member’s weekend a year and more than enough fun in between.
Last Thursday Dutch Mountains organised an evening to test the beer knowledge of the DM-members. Two groups of around 10 members had to taste 6 different kinds of beers, and after every beer they had to say which beer and brand it was. Last beer tasting the favourite beer was Schultenbräu. This year the beer knowledge of the members was very good, both men and women got high scores. Besides the tasting there were also several questions, which had to be answered.
The scores of group 1 can be found in the pictures. The scores of the second group were unfortunately thrown away, but we can mention that Sophie von Berswordt and Vera Heijnert had a very high score. Besides, our English-man Jake Norman disappointed everyone with a score of 7 points.
Last weekend it was time for the first members weekend of this new academic year. With a group of 25 members we went to Malmedy in the Ardennes. On Friday afternoon a group of cyclist went by bike to Malmedy, but because of a miscalculation the group arrived in the dark at our staying. The next day everybody could choose what they want, the cyclists could choose between different routes (ranging from 50 to 160 km) through the beautiful surroundings of the Ardennes. The mountain bikers went on the single tracks in the surroundings of Malmedy. Even the last day there was a lot of cycling including the well-known “koffierondje” and the mountain bikers visited the bike park of Mamedy. Despite the many hours on the bike there was enough time in the evening for some drinks and a lot of fun. We ended the weekend with some delicious pizza’s back home in Maastricht. Overall, it was a successful weekend!
Last Sunday the Dutch national student championships were organised by our colleagues of Mercurius. The challenging hilly circuit had to be endured by DM-members in every category. Some of them were more successful than others. But the vibes and quality of the cheering did not suffer from that.
The success started with a nice 2nd place for Sophie in the non-licence women category. A solid performance considering that this was only her 2nd (bike)race ever. Ymke finished 12th in this same race. In the non-licence men category, Christiaan just missed the podium (4th). He was stuck behind other riders in the uphill-sprint. A real shame, as he had lots of power left in his legs. Ruben, Jannes and Tom also took part in this race, they respectively finished in a 26th, 29th and 37th position. Frank once again showed that his talents are more closely related to mountainbiking than to roadracing, by making sure a DNF had to be noted behind his name.
The best ranked DM member in the amateur men category was Robbin in 10th place. Lars, Dennis and Pieter respectively finished in this same race in 21st, 27th and 48th position. The official program ended with the elite/U23 category in which Jesse ended in 18th place. The unofficial program ended with pizza and good stories about the race. So, despite not being able to bring a jersey back to Maastricht we still had a lovely day.
Last weekend team DM has performed very well in two heavy races. On Saturday, Dennis and Yoram rode to a decent 4th and 7th place at the Lac de la Gileppe. The morning thereafter, the entire team DM (Kaj, Pieter, Yoram, Dennis, Robbin and Lars) started in rainy circumstances in the heavy race in Berg & Terblijt. After ascending the Geulhemmerberg 17 times, we concluded we were active during the whole race, but lacked the last jump to compete for the victory. Lars finished 8th, Pieter 17th, Kaj 20th and Dennis 22nd out of 80 starters.
At the student’s race of the Ridderronde through the city centre of Maastricht, Robbin Van der Geer claimed victory after winning last year as well. Over the soaking wet and slippery cobble stone sections at the Onze Lieve Vrouwenplein, the Markt and the Vrijthof, Lars Quaedvlieg and Robbin were consistenly present at the head of the race. When entering the final three laps, Lars attacked and tried to get away, but was reeled in in the last lap, after which Robbin sprinted to the victory, although it was really close. Lars finished third and also our president rode a solid race.
Besides the race it was a very successful day, despite the heavy rainfall all day. We helped the organisation and enjoyed the professional’s race later on the evening.
Will you start your studying in Maastricht or you are currently studying here and are you looking for a cycling association? Join Dutch Mountains! All levels of cyclists are welcome! It is always possible to join a road training or mountainbike training. Visit our Facebook or send an email to [email protected] for more information.
Ymke, Sophie van Bakel, Sophie van der Most, Merel Griepink, Lars,Ruben,Jake, Yoram, Dennis & Phil contested in the GNSK in Groningen. The program consisted out of a prologue, sprinting competition, race and a team time trial. The men where close to the podium but in the end had to accept the 4th place. Lars was the 3rd best rider of the weekend!
We were happy to receive a lot of compliments about our new team kit! Thanks to Salden, Advocaten Kantoor van Gans, BikeMedical,Cycledreams and Haselderhof for making this possible.
Not only the road cyclist are quite succesful the last months, also the mountainbikers are in shape! On the National Student’s Championships Mountainbike, since this year back on the calendar, Frank showed to posses some good legs and handling skills. It was sufficient to finish his strong ride on and around the Wijchense Berg in a decent third spot out of the 20 participants.
Last sunday four members of Dutch Mountains were again at the start of an ECW race. This time a lap of approximately 5km in the Belgian town of Haneffe was the decor of the race. Lars, Yoram, Dennis and Jake were representing DM there. Even though it was the end of May, the weather was terrible. It became a race with constant rain and even occasional hail. This did however not hinder Lars in his race as he claimed 3rd place in a totally disrupted field of riders. Yoram also finished on a good 14th place in a small group behind Lars.