CK - View from the British guy

Having missed several club time trials due to hospiteeravonds and illness, it was exciting but somewhat worrying to finally be able to race the horribly fast people from the Wednesday night rides. I’d brought my own race bike to the Netherlands, rested well, and avoided drinking the night before; unlike many other competitors it would seem…

Upon arrival at Nedereinseberg, I was initially greeted by Bart (hungover), Guy (hungover) and several other friendly Domrenners all declaring their excesses from the night before.

“YES! I might actually stand a chance” I thought; how very wrong I was… 

The race began, and Bart was already attacking (NOT cool man) along with some guy who, like me, was one of the few not in Domrenner kit. This was worrying, because he looked pretty professional; turns out he is… I don’t know how many laps it was before the two of them broke away with Luuk and Matijn, I was just too busy hanging on. I looked over my shoulder to find it was just Guy on my wheel, so we set out on our survival mission.

Lap after lap passed of sublimely smooth 2-up time-trialling until 40 minutes in when we caught a flash of the Dutch national colours up the road.  This was it, push hard and get back on and we can still fight for the podium. Just half an hour more, just keeping pushing…

NEVER has 30 minutes dragged so much! Thijs was attacking, Bart was attacking, everyone was attacking. I lasted until half a lap from the end when the elastic cruelly snapped on the hill. SO, it seems being hungover doesn’t stop Domrenners from being really fast on a bicycle, chapeau!

Despite the all pain and suffering, it was great fun event. Well organised, good location, fabulous commentating (Jelle was that you?) AND the Sun was even shining… Good to see so many people out participating in all events, particularly so many women racing.

I’d just like to say a big thank you to all of you in the Domrenner for being so helpful, friendly and making a British foreigner feel so welcome. Keep riding, keep drinking and above all, keep being awesome!

All the best,

Matt 


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