Nothing else but racing going on these last few weeks. Winning the Dutch Champs Pumptrack was fun! Making finals at the 3-Nations Cup and BMX Dutch Championship in Haaksbergen gives me some good confident towards the European/ World Championship…
A few weeks ago my teammate Twan van Gendt
and former mountainbike champ Joost Wichman
organized the first ever Dutch Champs pumptrack. It’s on a very small track with 2 opposite lanes. On each lane there is 1 guy. You start at the same time without a
chain, so it’s all about pumping your bike as fast a possible over the jumps and through turns. It was a really fun day and I won. Check out this video edit
if you are curious what it looks like.
Those 3-Nations Cup races are not the most important races, but we can get some Olympic points. At the end it can make a different how many men and woman Holland can send to the Olympics, so that’s why we race. Two weeks ago we raced round 2 in Volkel, Holland. This track is okay for kids, but for us it’s too small. Anyway, I did the best I can and we almost had a Dutch final.
My acceleration on the flat startinghill was too slow. Other riders closed me in, so I had to slowdown a bit. There was huge crash in turn 2. Luckily I stayed on my bike and nobody got injured! I wasn’t happy with 5th place, but I know there are more important races coming up.
Last weekend we raced Dutch Champs in Haaksbergen. Didn’t ride this track for a few years, but nothing changed. It has never been my favourite track, but it’s the same for everybody. Saturday we had time trial.
This is also an official Dutch title. I had strong feelings to win this, but I made a small little mistake that cost me the title. 3rd place was a disappointment, but it gave me confident for Sunday's racing. My body felt okay and I won all my heat races easily. No problems in the Quarter final, but my lap in the Semi-final was not smooth at all. The rain came in, so the track got slippery. I missed some landings, which cost me a lot of energy. Because I got 4th in the Semi-final, I had the outside start lane in the final. After a decent start I was in 4th position chasing the nr3. At the finish line I came really close, but I had to settle with 4th place.
Can’t be satisfied with these results, but I now I’m on my way back after not an easy start of this season, because of my lower back issues. Right now I’m in Roskilde, Denmark for the last round of the European League series and The European Championship on Sunday (which is 1 race). Yesterday practice felt okay, so wish me luck today and Sunday…-Raymon van der Biezen