N.S.W.V. Mercurius had a succesful Dutch Student Championship Cycling. NSSV Don Quichote also had a sporty weekend with their 1st Keizer Karel Tournament. Read all about their their successes below!
Mercurius let their legs do the talking in Zevenhuisen!
In the early morning, a big group of Mercurians moved themselves to Zevenhuizen, because in there was the battle for the jerseys. Not only the red-white-blue jersey was on the line, but also the one with the orange glimmer of the SWN.
After a short inspection of the course, with no less than 3 (!) turns, the ladies without license were the ones to start. Iris, Anna, Eline, Juliska and Siobhan were the ones starting. For the first four, this was their first time doing a official race! Despite of some attacks, the peloton stayed together and a sprint would decide the race. Iris positioned herself in the front the whole day, and also had a nice position going through the last turn. Unfortunately, the sprint was a bit too short for her and she finished 8th. The rest of the girls finished respectable in the peloton.
After this, it was the turn for the men without license. In this race, the focus was on the ranking of Guus. The team leader had enough aid to make something of the race. After a cat and mouse game between the peloton and the leaders of the race, the whole group came together for the last few laps. Positioning yourself in the last turn was essential. After a hectic race, it almost went south in the last turn. Luckily, no one fell and Guus knew to position himself very nice. Because of this, he could make more speed than his opponents and finished first! The national title and his first ranking were in the pocket!
Ruben, Jasper, Hidde and Matteo finished in the top 15. Juan, Thom, Thijmen, Luc, Pelle, Tim and Willem had to be satisfied with finishing in the back of the peloton. The party was already complete, but it didn’t stay with this one result.
During the ladies with license race, Mercurius was represented by Femke and Esmée. After a short time, a duo knew to depart from the peloton. Femke was part of this duo which means she was in a great position. Because of the great teamwork between the duo, they knew to make the gap between them and the peloton even bigger. The gap was so evident that is was clear that these two ladies would be fighting for the win. Unfortunately, even the spectators couldn’t cheer Femke to the win and Marlies van der Lugt won the race. Femke finished second which is a fantastic performance! Esmée managed to finish fourth and a first place in the SWN ranking!
With these results, Mercurius won the SWN ranking for the third year in a row.
Arno, Erwin and Daan participated in the last two categories. They did great, but couldn’t not make a difference. They all finished respectable in the peloton. Fun fact: Adne van Engelen, the only real student world champion, was riding in a Mercurius shirt!
Another day with success, fun and a sun! Thank you for this nice closing of the season and on to an even greater season in 2019!
N.S.S.V. Don Quichote
Last year, our fencing club NSSV Don Quichote celebrated its 75th jubilee, by organizing a national fencing competition. That went so well, that we decided to make it an annual competition. So yesterday, the 1st Keizer Karel Tournament was a fact!
Getting the hall ready with 12 fencing pistes always takes some time and hard work. You can find a time lapse here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oi7_ffZHzj8
A lot of fencers participated: the tournament was open to fencers on all 3 weapons (épée, foil and sabre), and in total nearly 100 fencers subscribed, of which 18 were fencers from Don Quichote. Even some of our newer members were competing! The general level of fencing was very high, and therefore we are proud to say we could keep 4 medals in Nijmegen. On épée, our club member René Lafleur did well and managed to score a bronze medal. Another bronze medal was given to foilist Ashley Ophorst. And our sabre men Béla Roesink and trainer Nico Speelman also got two bronze medals. Besides these great results, our other fencers that went home without a medal also did very well.
Of course we ended the day with some beers in The Yard and a dinner.
The competition was a huge success and we hope to welcome back all fencers, volunteers and supporters next year!
For photo’s, keep an eye out for updates on our Facebook page. Also, you can read all about our competition and club at www.nssv-donquichote.nl/en