The greatest mtb marathon in the Benelux
Bart Brentjens Challenge
Start- en finish : Vroenhof at Eijsden (Limburg)
My sixth BBC
Sunday morning : Sunny but slightly cold in the morning for the MTB bike competition BBC
in the hilly site of my country. On the way , I see a lot of empty tires and a few crash downs,
one with broken bones. Luckily i made it without doing both. I'm the first to find a lad laying still besides his bike in a lite downhill section. When i stop to help he begins to move, a releave.
I grab his bike and put it aside, the stearing is turned 180 degrees over his sitting tube
and can't be turned back. I talk to the lad and he instantly knows his collarbone is broken.
Other bikers ride past and yell things i don't understand. I leave the lad and ride on
to inform the first controller I come across. Later I'm in a contradiction mind, shouldn't
I have stayed with him to support him. The adrealine level is also high in the downhill sections,
speeds above 31 mph offroad, severe sunshine and shade makes the visibility sometimes hard
to avoid the rocks. Dry roads, so high speed, so impossible to view the nice county-site,
but a new PR is the result.The race started in the Voerstreek in Belgium, continued through
the South Limburg hills and then headed back to the finish in the starting point Eijsden.
A leaking bidon in the beginning of the race, just a nice cut in the middle of it,
and two light stumbles is all what mishappened this day. Sunshine all the way.
food: 2-gels , 2-bananas, 2-bidons energy, 2-bar and 2-sugarcakes.
Distance : 62 miles 1450 hm, destination : Far away from home ( time : 04:24 h)
Temp : 6-18 degrees , wind : 4 beaufort E, snowfall: no , rain: no s i waited in the startlane, we heared the familiar voice of a lady, get back 100 meters she yelled,so we drove back 10 meters.
While i was wating, just a bit cold, i noticed that there weren't as many bikers as i aspected,
later i heard that all the bikers after me were held before the corner.
I managed again to start in the first group of tourbikers, so i had no complaint about bikerjams.
A bit cold of waiting i started at 10:10 hour.
After a little mud in the Belgian area Voerstreek, we had to walk the well known rocky climb,
the rest was fast and dry.
Climbing and downhill went great, at Teuven we also walk halfway, climbing two fallen trees.
and then great downhill rides.
First supply-stop for a bidon fill and a sugarcake.
Now to Gulpen for fast up-and downhill ride, not as difficult as it looked.
Up the Keutenberg without getting off the bike, slipping and sliding around
the well known 180 corner on loose rocks underground, Yes.
Second supply-stop for another bidon fill, two cups and a banana.
From now on i'm going to make speed as planned, up the Bemelerberg at asphalt
meanwhile talking to a passing racebiker.
I noticed i have something on reserve, at Cadier en Keer i passed a bunch of people
at a nice speed , even had to bake ones at the climb.
Also i had to brake for a barrier going the wrong site of a tree,
happened to Fons Moors also i saw later in his movies.
Third supply-stop i passed biking, just missing picking up a sugarcake on the ride,
i didn't need it anyway.
The last few miles i rode in the slipstream of an Belgian competition biker at a nice speed.
After the finish you had to wait long before you could deliver your chip and steeringboard,
not well for the legs.
A nice track, fast and great downhill rides , 100KM , 04:27 hour, average : 22.4 km/h.
No material brakedown, started with a new Nobby Nic at the front and an old Racing Ralph at the back,
also with new rear brakepads.
Afternoon 16 degrees Sun, short sleeve t-shirt, long sleeve T-shirt, Snake-shirt and short trousers.
Food, 4 x Bidon , 2 x Cups , 2 x energybars , 1 x banana , 1x sugarcake.
The time is 04:24 h with an average of 22.5 km/h around place 60 of in total 756 bikers