Mini Downhill Cup Round 2: Bikepark Groningen


The opening of the downhill track at Bikepark Groningen during the second round of the Dutch Mini-Downhill Cup proved to be no less than a success. With plenty of riders and a challenging track the Bikepark Groningen crew found key for all ages to have a blast. In a relaxed vibe training started early Sunday morning while the track was still very slippery.


Later on all riders got two chances to clock the best time they possibly could, while the track started to get faster and faster. After the first series of runs the best results were already quite impressive, but the second run saw riders go beyond the speed of light. Lars Veenstra ended up third with 45,48sec faster still was Daniël Prijkel, finishing in 0:44.35 but none could keep up with the insanely fast run of Joost Wichman who managed a run from top to bottom in no more than 42,87.

Six fanatic juniors were present at this race. In third Floris Snoeren tracked a time of 56,89 seconds, Kevin Spanninga finished second with a time 51,61 sec. and the junior race was won by Tom van Steenbergen with a time of 48,87sec. The women’s podium, finally, was comprised by Ernestine Simonis in third with a time of 1:53,08, Ryanne van der Heyden in second place with a time of 1:10,83 and victory went to Kiona Harbers with a time of 1:07,53, who can now claim successes in cross-country, fourcross and downhill-racing. The next and final round of the Mini-Downhill Cup will be held in Bergschenhoek, September 12th.

This event was made possible in part by: Boels Rent Groningen, Spare-rib Express Groningen, Kona, Bikeshop Breda, Canadian Bike Import, Bikeright and Schwalbe.


A Short Item by the Regional Television RTV Noord About the Mini Downhill Cup:

A Documentary Photoshoot of the Race can be found at:

source: Tjeerdsma, R. []

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.

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