Wednesday, May 6, 2009

World on Wheels Oldebroek

Written by T Dobbin
Thursday was the second day of racing and the second race that the mens team of Cado Motus had raced together. It was a sunny day and the circuit in Oldebroek was a small course of approximately 800 meters with very rough roads.

The race started at 18:50 and again the race was fast right from the start. In Oldebroek there were many breakaways attempts and the pace didn't slow down at all during the race. The World on Wheels races have sprint primes for both the overall classement and the sprints for money. With the sprint primes throughout the race, it makes the race much harder because during these laps it's a great time for breakaways to form.

Bart Swings of Cado Motus was in the overall classment and continued to show his form racing for the sprint primes throughout the race. Cado Motus again raced from the front with the team working well together both making breaks and closing any down.

Shane Dobbin (Cado Motus) escaped off the front in a group of approximately 15 skaters. These 15 skaters tried very hard to escape off the front but with the pace so high they were unable to succeed.

With approximately 14 laps to go a breakaway formed with four skaters including Crispijn Ariens of skate podium, Frank Friers (Stouwdam Unive) and two other Dutch skaters. This breakaway forced the peleton to chase hard for many laps. Bart Swings of Cado Motus tried to cross over to the breakaway with Nefit's Gary Heckman and three other skaters but with Bart left at the front to lead, they were unable to close the gap to the four escapees. Finally it was Crispijn Ariens of SkatePodium who skated off the front solo for the final eight laps and crossed the line with the victory in Oldebroek in style.

The final sprint for the mens pack and the race for second place started with approximately three laps to go. The mens team of Cado Motus formed at the front with Maarten Swings taking the lead and setting a high pace in the final laps to prevent anyway from passing the team. Stouwdam/Unive formed close behind the Cado Motus team but in the end lost the place to DSB Bank's Ingmar Berga and the team of Nefit with Gary Heckman and Sjoerd Huisman. Everyone was fighting behind for the wheel of the Cado Motus but Dj Nation the protection of the team held his ground and no one was able to break the team.

Maarten Swings lead the team of Cado Motus and pulled aside with just one lap remaining. From there Ferre Spruyt took over the job to lead out his team mates Bart Swings, Shane Dobbin and Dj Nation. Nefit making a spectular final dash for the finale, it was Ferre Spruyt who took the team of Cado Motus to the final corner where Bart Swings lead down the final straight to cross the line in second place followed by his team mate Shane Dobbin in third. Still managing to sprint to the line for fourth was Ferre Spruyt and fifth Dj Nation. A great race and team work for the mens team of Cado Motus.

Mens results
1st Crispijn Ariens (Skate Podium)
2nd Bart Swings (Cado Motus)
3rd Shane Dobbin (Cado Motus)
4th Ferre Spruyt (Cado Motus)
5th Dj Nation (Cado Motus)

The ladies race was a fantastic race in Oldebroek. Early on in the race Elma De Vries of Cado Motus broke away with Nicole Begg of Bont Wheels. Both ladies racing a very hard race sprinting for the prime sprints and keeping the pace fast. Both Elma and Nicole ended up taking a lap over the peleton to secure the two top places on the podium.

It came down to a sprint between Elma and Nicole for the race victory but in the end Elma De Vries was too strong in Oldebroek and crossed the line for Cado Motus and the race win. Second place was Nicole Begg from Bont Wheels and in the final sprint of the peleton crossing the line in third place was Alexandrea Vivas of Bont Wheels.

Ladies Results
1st Elma de Vries (Cado Motus)
2nd Nicole Begg (Bont Wheels)
3rd Alexandra Vivas (Bont Wheels)

Only half way through the four days of racing, Friday was the start of the Heerde Skate Off the international track event held over two days with many World Champions competing.

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.