Wednesday, May 6, 2009

World on Wheels Emmeloord

Written by T Dobbin
It was the first day of many days of racing in the World on Wheels Emmeloord. No one was sure if the weather would hold up and be sunny or wet. It was the first time ever that the full mens Cado Motus team had skated together and the first time Dj Nation met his belgium team mates. Before the race the team sat down for coffee and a chat to get to know one another as well as talk about their team tactic.

The race started in the evening with sunny skies but cold temperatures. The course lap in Emmeloord was very small only 800 meters per lap with two very tight 90 degree corners at each end. It was the first race since last year's World Championships for Shane Dobbin and the first time he has been able to wear his World Champion Stripes in the marathons in Netherlands.

Emmeloord was extremely fast right from lap one. The Cado Motus team skated very strong together and got into things directly off the gun. Both Maarten Swings and Ferre Spruyt controlled the race at the front for the Cado Motus mens team. The past was set too fast for any real breakaways to get off the front. Only one breakaway looked promising which included Shane Dobbin from Cado Motus but the peleton soon reacted and the peleton was one again. There wasn't one breakaway out front were there wasn't a Cado Motus team member present in the break.

The mens race finished in a pack sprint with the Cado Motus team all getting together in the final few laps. With one lap to go Shane Dobbin made the first lead out for his team mates to set up the race for the in-form Bart Swings. Shane Dobbin lead his team with Ferre Spruyt sitting right behind followed by Bart Swings then Dj Nation. Shane Dobbin pulled aside leaving Ferre Spruyt to take the final half lap lead out putting Bart Swings in the front for the final 100 meters to cross the line with the victory in Emmeloord for the mens Cado Motus team.

Mens results
1st Bart Swings (Cado Motus Men)
2nd Sjoerd Huisman (Nefit)
3rd Gary Heckman (Nefit)

The ladies race was also extremely fast. There were many breakaway attempts from the Cado Motus girls as well as the ladies Bont Wheels team. With the pace so fast it was hard for a breakaway to stay away and in the final few laps the race would be decided by a sprint finish. Bont Wheels lead out the sprint with Nicole Begg in front, going out of the final corner it was Nicole Begg who maintained her lead and crossed the line in first, followed by her team mate Kelly Martinez.

Ladies results
1st Nicole Begg (Bont Wheels)
2nd Kelly Martinez (Bont Wheels)
3rd Bridgette Mendez (Valle Cali)
4th Bianca Roosenboom (Cado Motus Ladies)

The following day another stage of the World on Wheels in Oldebroek. Keep posted for more race updates.

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