The start of the 80 km race / 70 km tour from the Banjaard.
Rowingbikes are go!
Rowingbiking is Luck (Geluk) in full speed and vise versa!
Rob Bakels doesn’t get a dry race either.
Pieter Stoter shortly after leaving for the 70 km tour. The oldest participant always manages to keep a lot of younger rowingbikes behind him.
Frans Göbel and André Davidse are almost too fast for the photographer.
The leading group at the end of the Brouwersdam.
Florijn and Vermeij side by side.
Dark clouds overhead.
Pim Laken shows us he’s a real rower: with long strokes, he’s home fast.
Real men sport, riding the rowingbike? Hilda Hoekstra and Caroleen Meerman rowing the 80 km race.
The leaders at the rest / turning point
Some minor problems with the material during the race, amongst which this flat tyre.
A group arrives at the turning point.
Arrival at the turning point during a heavy shower.
And back to Neeltje Jans, to the finish.
Hilda Hoekstra and Caroleen Meerman give the soaked photographer some attention, the lucky bastard! (The photographer didn’t have a bad time indeed, hanging out of the window of the very waterproof car).
Olympic rowchampion Henk-Jan Zwolle is at the first pass still in front of Jan Maarten Oolman, who would pass him eventually, shortly before finishing.
Derk, defeated by Ed komen and Theo Homan, interviewed by Omroep Zeeland TV.
Jan Maarten had to sprint hard to defeat such a strong rider and gasps for air on the finishline.
Winner of the 80 km race. Ed Komen not only did a strong but also a cunning race: just at the right time starting the final sprint and thus taking the first position.
Close finish, Ymte in first position?
Derk Thijs wins the sprints until he has to ride against Theo Homan.
Theo rules at the sprints!
Wim Poel does a strong EC, but the large number of rowers brings more opposition!
Ronald Florijn and Wim see the humor in it.
And Theo wins again!
Derk too. Up till now…
Ed Komen can still laugh when he is defeated by row-rocket Zwolle. Via (and thanks to!!) de losers round he makes a comeback to a third place in the sprints.
Theo Homan passes the finish before Derk Thijs.
Ed Komen looses…
And Theo wins the sprint for the second time from Derk and by this he not only wins the sprints but also the champions title! Well deserved!
And Derk knows that the first place is out of reach. He takes the third place overall.
Congratulations for Theo Homan, the winner of the 500 metre sprints.
Derk takes the second place in the sprints.
Price giving: 1 to 3 at the ladies: Beb Thijs, Caroleen Meerman, Therese Schuit. 1 to 3 at the gentlemen: Theo Homan, Ed Komen, Derk Thijs.
Pieter Stoter gives the prices. Will he do this again in 2004 as chairman of the committee who wants to bring the Tour the France to the Netherlands?