We’re so happy to introduce you to our new baby and her new looks! 😍😍😍
Our girls have been training hard this past months and will be having their first race this Friday at Circuit Zolder!
Come join the fun! 😊✌🏻
Thanks to our sponsors who made this possible!
A Sportsbike it will be! What else?!
We are certain, that the Yamaha R6 is the Bike of choice to excel in our plans.
Finalizing the plans for this season!!!
What do you think we should go for… Naked Bike or Supersport?
#NakedBike vs #Supersport
Our teammate and friend Elvira crashed very hard at Circuitpark Zandvoort on 14 May. She broke 2 verebrae in her back and damaged her spinal cord. The same evening she underwent surgery but the damage was to big. She will never be able to walk again and her life will change completely.
Elvira has found a new challenge in handbiking. A handbike challenge is being considered in Austria. We want to help Elvira with this new passion and ensure that we can buy a nice handbike for her. But this will easily cost € 6000, -
Help us to help her: sponsor us for every round that we cycle during the Endurance Cycling Series @ Circuit Zolder on the 25th August. Our goal is to cycle 100 laps! You can also sponsor a fixed amount!
Last weekend it was time Endurance4Fun Race #4. This time in France, on the short but challenging track of Croix-en-Ternois. There were two races on this weekend, counting as one result for the championship.
Both bikes were ready to race.
The riders for bike #19 were Dianne Geesink and Ine Kockelbergh.
For bike #98 we had lined up team Germany: Annika Kamps und Saskia Schulenburg.
On Saturday morning we started our fist training at 9:40h. The riders could use this training for getting used to the track and make some adjustments on the bike. No big issues and it was time for the qualification.
Result: #19 place 10 on the start grid and 98 place 13 on the start grid in the 600cc class.
The race started at 16.30h. Ine started on the #19 and Saskia on the #98. We planned to do one pit stop to hopefully gain some places.
Everything was going well. Laptimes were very consistent and the girls were doing well. After 45 minutes we first did the pit stop for the #19. Ine handed the bike over to Dianne and she was going for another 45 minutes.
Immediately after this pit stop it was time to stop for the #98. The bike got refuelled and Annika was ready to race to the finish flag.
Everything was going well. Laptimes were going down, but then suddenly we saw yellow flags!
Unfortunately Dianne decided to do another gravel exam and discovered that the grind in Croix is bigger than in Assen and Zolder. #Rider OK#. The bike was pushed back to the paddock and quickly fixed.
After 19 minutes the bike was ready to go out again and Ine was back on track to finish the race.
Annika was still doing her laps, though was getting tired. Laptimes were going up, but it was still fast enough to finish the race.
Finally at 18h there was the finish flag. The first race this season we ended with two bikes at the flag, but still not completely according to plan.
#98 P13, fastest laptime: 1:06:4
#19 P14, fastest laptime: 1:02:8
In the evening bike #19 was checked thoroughly and was ready for day two.
Sunday morning we had the same schedule as the day before. On bike #19 was some adjustments done on the suspension to make it easier to ride for the girls.
End result of qualifying: #19 P7 and #98 P14 in the 600cc class.
In the afternoon it started raining. First small drops, then larger drops, then no drops. All the teams were getting nervous and everybody was checking out the strategies of the other teams.
We decided 15 minutes before the start to change on rain tyres. When the tyres where on and we were on the starting grid it was not raining anymore. Did we make the right decision?
Almost all the teams were on rain tyres, so if we had to change the wheels, it would be the same for all the teams.
Startriders: #19 Ine Kockelberg and #98 Saskia Schulenburg.
The German team decided to do two pitstops. Annika`s muscles were sore from the day before, so the plan for her was to do only a 30 minutes stint on the bike.
Everything was going well during the race and laptimes were improving. The girls were getting more and more confident on the rain tyres.
#19 P10, fastest laptime: 1:05:3
#98 P11, fastest laptime: 1:08:3
And most important: two bikes at the finish, without crashing!!!
There is still a lot of work to be done to improve ourselves. But we are making progress! See you next race!
And again many thanks to our sponsors!!
*Motorsportschool Zolder *TAMRON *GROTE *Bauunternehmung D. Carl *Het Palet *Hyperpro Sales B.V. *Moto-Master Brake Systems *MPA Team Wear *Korner Metalltechnik *Otobar Circuit Zolder *Pluggerz Earplugs *Fotografie Pers Racing L&S
In short: the bikes are ready, the girls are training hard and Elvira is making good progress.
Instead of laying on the beach and working on their tan, the technical crew spent all their free time in the garage getting both bikes ready for Croix. We’ll be doing some final testing on the bikes in Zolder next week and then we’re ready to go.
The pilots have been spending a lot time on track and even the technical crew is setting personal records!
Last week, Nora took part in her very first race: the Chinese 24 hours Endurance race in Gedinne. Despite technical issues, team Wijf made it to the finish! Congratulations!
Elvira continues to work hard and is making a lot of progress with her revalidation. We are so happy for her but we also miss her a lot!
The #CPF team had a great time during the Internationale Deutsche Motorradmeisterschaft - IDM at Circuit Zolder this weekend!
Today we had 2 training days with 800km between both of them!
Our girls were having fun in the Autodrom Most and Circuit Zolder!
Last Monday we had our 3rd race of the Endurance4Fun championship.
Unfortunately bike #98 still has some damages and we could not fix it on time for this race. We decided then to unify both teams into one and race only with our bike #19.
The event started for us Sunday evening with an Italian dinner and a team meeting. We had a lot to discuss and a great surprise was waiting for us.. we had a Skype with our Elvira during our meeting, it was great to have everyone around the table and be able to share some jokes and smiles like we usually used to do!
Monday morning our mission was to find a good setup on the bike with which the 3 pilots could feel comfortable during the race, so we had booked some free ridding sessions to test everything we needed.
Then came Q1 on which first Manouk and then Ine tried the new set up. During Q2 Dianne did the same and everyone agreed with the fact that we had found the sweet spot on our Honda
After the 3 qualifications, the team was eager and ready to start the race with Dianne behind the handlebars!
We qualified in the 8th position within our class with a 1.54.3 made by Dianne during Q2.
Unfortunately, after the 2 warm up laps, as the race was starting, Dianne lost the front after the sector II and went down with the bike. **rider ok**
With lots of pushing and sweating we managed to bring back the Honda to our box without the assistance truck and we inspected it in order to see if there was a possibility to rejoin the race. After some scrutiny, we decided that the bike was not safe to race and we couldn’t make it safe enough on time that is when we decided to abandon the race for safety reasons.
We were all very disappointed that we couldn’t finish the race, but then again, that’s racing... sometimes you finish, sometimes you win, and sometimes you fall..
We learned a great deal from this day and we hope luck will be once more on our side for the next two races in Croix the 28th and 29th of July!
We will be training a lot until then, so if you come to ride to Zolder, don’t hesitate to say hi!
It’s been a tough two weeks for the team. Everybody was anxiously waiting for news on Elvira after her crash in Zandvoort. You can imagine how happy we were when she finally wrote us a message in our CPF whatsapp group.
She wants you to know that she appreciates all your support and says:
"Hi everyone, I know now that I will be going to Utrecht for revalidation. Right now I am waiting in the hospital until a space becomes available there. In the meanwhile, I am doing my exercises here and everyday it gets a little bit better. It won’t be easy but I am going to do everything I can to become as self-sufficient as possible. "
Her family started a fundraising on Facebook: `Give Elvira a new start.` If you would like to contribute, please click this link.
Our next race is coming up this Monday at Zolder, so a few CPF ladies gathered up at our home track today for some training and networking with some of our sponsors and CPF Friends.
Unfortunately, after the first couple of sessions, the track was closed due to a big oil spill in combination with a LOT of rain. So we continued the networking at the OTObar ;-)
On Sunday evening the team will meet up in the Zolder paddock to set up the pitbox and discuss the tactics for the race. Afterwards we will spend some much-needed time together to reflect on what happened in Zandvoort.
Unfortunately we need to announce that CPF #98 will not be ready to race this time.
We look forward to be back on track! See you there!