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 weekend (16th untill 18th of November) our members had a weekend packed with fun and games. After the very succesful weekend to Malmedy we didn’t bring our racing bikes to cycle this time. Instead we enjoyed snacks, drinks, games and of course the magnificent company that all members provided. Even some Classics, who live miles and miles away, decided to join this weekend. We left Maastricht on Friday evening and cycled on our city bikes to the infamous Koestal. Arrived, we played some games and had a lot of fun. Everyone could have had a good night’s rest on Saturday morning. So everyone completely refreshed the activity in the afternoon was really enjoyable. The dropping was planned later that day. A dropping was something that we had wanted to do for ages and we finally could do one. The only downside was the cold outside. So everyone put on a lot of winter clothes and quite warm gloves to prepare themselves for the approximately 2 hours walk. We split up into two groups, one was dropped on top of ‘de Plank’ and the other one near Dalhem. One group was a bit better prepared than the other and managed to get a ride back to the Koestal, a shame to play it this way, but better than walking for hours in the cold probably. The others managed to complete their way back in a reasonably good time. After the exhausting night some more games were played and more drinks were drank. The toughest part of the weekend was the Sunday morning activity: Cleaning the whole place. But with good teamwork we managed to do just that in a good fashion and left back for Maastricht, because another week of studying was waiting. We hope that all of you enjoyed the weekend and see you hopefully soon!
It’s been a while, but we’d still like to thank our members for competing at the Dutch team time trial championship and at the regular championship. Both races were in hindsight quite a succes,this because our members suffered more than they would have probably wanted to. We couldn’t achieve the succes we had in 2017, but still performed great.
Also a huge thank you to all our sponsors who made it possible for us to participate at these events.
Last weekend our members went to Malmedy to cycle in the gorgeous Ardennes and even Luxemburg. After some struggles on the Friday ride to Malmedy, when some of us only arrived in complete darkness, we enjoyed a nice meal that was already waiting for the night riders. After we had a delicious meal and the hour was getting late, we went to bed to get some well deserved rest for the tour on Saturday that was looming on the horizon. That morning we set out to go on an adventure or just follow an already made route. Some of these tours were epic and very beatiful. But with this kind of weather in October (25 degrees Celsius) how could one not go out on a long ride and enjoy the scenery and hills that the Ardennes and Luxemburg had to offer. When everyone arrived back home, some after more than 7 hours on the road, nice meals were already waiting to be eaten and energize our members. A part of the group went bowling, while the other part enjoyed other leisure activities. It was again a great evening, although not everyone got the rest they wanted for the ride back to Maastricht. The ride back on Sunday was one where the wind was finally in favour of our riders, thus it is only logical that the fast group managed impressive averages, and even the other groups had really impressive averages.
To conclude, the weekend was a great one, and we really hope to do this again next year, preferably with the same weather. We also hope that this good weather stays for a while to create an Autumn to never forget.
A huge thanks to all the sponsors and members that joined us to make this weekend cool. Hopefully until the next weekend in November or until one of the training sessions.