|European Championships Rowingbike ResultsLike the last couple of years the European Championships Rowingbike were again spectaculair to watch and participate in. With 52 contestors the EC has grown considerable in comparison to last year. |
Besides last years European Rowingbike Champions, a half golden Olympic eight is at the starting line with the top athletes Ronald Florijn, Nico Rienks, Henk-Jan Zwolle and Niels van Steenis. Famous Dutch skiff specialist Frans Göbel ( 2 x world champion and 12 times winner of the skiff head race) will also be found in the front of the pack!
During the two days of the EC a number of races are held. The start is a criterion on the island Neeltje Jans, which is won by Derk Thijs, the builder of the THYS 222 Rowingbike. Ed Komen en Theo Homan are the numbers two and three.
Later on the Saturday the spectaculair 500 metre sprints are held. With maximum power the bikes are rowed to the finish line, sometimes resulting in though competion between the contestors. The finals will be tomorrow.
It's not just racing during the EC. A group of rowingbikers make a beautiful tour around the Oosterschelde. Via a marked route, a nice ride is made along the Stormvloedkering and over the Zeelandbrug.
The Sunday starts with the 80 kilometres race to Ouddorp on the island Goeree Overflakkee. Battered by hard winds and scourged by heavy showers of rain a groups of four takes the lead, consisting of Ed Komen, Theo Homan, Ymte Sijbrandij and Derk Thijs. Ymte has to stop somewhere during the first 40 kilometres, because of a flat tyre. It takes a quarter of an hour before he can resume the race.
At the turning point is a stop of three minutes for all participants. After taking some energy drinks
and a banana everybody gets back on the rowingbike and heads back to the finish along the same way.
In the end Ed Komen wins the race by starting the sprint at the right time. Theo Homan takes the second place, followed by Derk Thijs. Ymte Sijbrandij manages to take the fourth place, despite his back luck earlier!
The last part is the 500 metre spint finals. Like yesterday the contestors race in couples and after a number of heats Theo Homan defeats Derk Thijs in an exciting final.
Overall winners of the EC:
1. Theo Homan
2. Ed Komen
3. Derk Thijs
1. Beb Thijs
2. Caroleen Meerman
3. Thérèse Schuit
The European Championship Rowingbike were again a sportive and friendly event. Next year another EC will take place!www.rowingbike.com
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