News - September 25, 2009

Win some, lose some for adventure racers

Harm Bartholomeus is again one of the best adventure racers of Europe this year.

This education worker and PhD student in the Laboratory for Geo-information Science & Remote Sensing came in second with his partner Elwin van der Gragt in the major European competition series. Adventure racing is an endurance sport combining running and cycling with disciplines such as climbing, skiing and kayaking, in which participants find their own way using orientation points.
The final competition of the West European Raid Series, a forty-hour race in the Harz area of Germany during the weekend of 12 and 13 September, was a letdown for their X-Bionic teammates Arnaud Temme and Michiel Braakhekke. The Wageningers were competing for the lead against a professional French team in the first part. 'The first fifteen hours were easy and we could navigate better than the French', relates Temme, a PhD student with the Land Dynamic group. But during the long uphill cycling race, Braakhekke's knee developed problems. This student of Forest and Nature Management had been nursing a knee problem since a multi-day competition in Poland in spring this year. At that time, he had to give up eventually. /Yvonne de Hilster