So our 2nd race in Circuit Zandvoort its over! It was a day full of emotions and smiles and we managed a 5th place of which we’re more than proud!!! 3rd 🥉place in the Championship is still our girls spot! 😊🙌🏻
So.... the long weekend has gone by and last Friday was our first race of the season for the Endurance4Fun championship in Zolder... and guess what happened?!?!?!?! Yeeeeees we made it to the podium!!!! With a brilliant🥈P2!!!! 🍾🥂🤩
We can’t even start to explain how happy we still are... one could say that we’re still flying in a pink cloud since we saw the 🏁at the end of the race 🤣
Let us now get down from it for just one second and tell you how it all went:
Q1 was done by Saskia, she had the mission of baptizing our new break-pads and being our ambassador in the first qualifying session of the season!
Q2 was cancelled because of a multi-bikes crash during free riding but Ine could take some time during free riding to test the bike.
Q3 was Sonja’s time to shine, but when she came back she was not happy at all with the set up of the bike so we took all the time we had to try to find a set up that could be convenient for everyone.. luckily we could test it and all the riders were happy with the changes!
So 14h30 was approaching and it was time to start the game!
We started from 4th position in our class and 9th in the general classification.
Ine rode the first stint and despite the 🌧weather she broke her PR with a brilliant 1.50.8! 💪🏻
Saskia was in charge of the middle stint and she did it brilliantly breaking also her CPF PR with a 1.51.7 in the middle of a dry-wet-dry track! 🙌🏻
Sonja was the last one to jump on the bike and she had the mission to finish the race!
And things got really exiting when we saw that a podium could be possible... until the weather started to change and raindrops started falling heavily... but when life gives her lemons... a Sonja well encouraged by Nora takes some salt and makes tequila! 🤪 she became the fastest rider at a moment and that gave us the 3rd place and the battle for 2nd position began! 😱 every lap she was getting closer and closer but time was running out! Her last lap was also her fastest one with a 1.49.6 🎉
The result?... Veidec team was riding at the front and run out of fuel in the last lap 😣 which gave us a 2nd place and a gap with the guys of Bandenbox, who got the 1st place, of 1.7seconds! 😱
We are so proud of our team! Our #DirtyFour girls made an amazing job and our 3 mousquetaires Peter, Eric and Fred together with Mieke were there to make sure that everything was perfect!!! 🤩
Peter for giving us an amazing bike to race.. she is perfect! 😊
Eric for thé coaching, tips and stratégies! You always make us become better riders! 😎
Fred thanks for your time loads of help and patience with us! 🤗
Mieke thanks for the biiiig help!!!! It was great to have you back on the team for the race! 😘
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!