Festival Elsy Jacobs UCI 2.1
After the great results in the Prologue of Femke Geeris 33rd and Amanda Jamieson 49th, our teams bikes were stolen overnight, forcing us to borrow equipment from other teams.
Stage 1 Eri rode aggressively and was awarded most aggressive rider. Makise finished 63rd, MacGregor 68th, Jamieson 72nd, and Murphy 73rd.
Stage 2 was an amazing ride from Tsubasa Makise finishing in 36th place and 35th place in GC as first Amateur Rider. Amanda Jamieson and Bronwyn MacGregor both finished in the second group and became 65th and 67th in GC in this World Class field.
2018 UCI 2.1 Women's Tour of Thailand.
Aggressive fighting for Sprint Points but unfortunately a broken derailleur in the final sprint finished the Tour for Daniela Gass without enough points to claim the jersey. Our second lead rider Désirée Ehrler gained a fantastic 7th place in the last stage and gained her second top-10 result in this Tour. Amazing team work by the Maaslandster ladies ending the Tour as 7th in the Team GC.
The Maaslandster Ladies raced at the Biwase Cup which was a 9 stage Tour in Vietnam. Almost every stage we had a rider in the top 10 include a stage with from Tsubasa Makise. The Team finished 3rd on Team GC along with a 4th place in Individual GC for Tsubasa Makise and 9th for Bronwyn MacGregor.
This wouldn't have been possible without the amazing team work of Amanda Jamieson, Serene Lee and Mel Robinson.
Omloop van de Westhoek proved to be a tough and cold and windy race full of cobblestones and speed.
A fantastic finish from Daniella Gass who placed 6th, with Femke Gerris and Desire Ehrler finishing in the peleton.
Gass is gearing up for a fantastic season ahead!
A great achievement from Eva van den Born at the first Belgian Kermesse of the season, Brussel-Opwik.
While all of her team mates were racing in Spain or Hageland, Eva raced solo and tested her legs following a complete year off in 2017 due to injury.
With one ride off the front, Eva sprinted for second, successfully winning the bunch sprint!
Congratulations to Eva!
The Santos Tour Down Under was the team's first race for 2018.
Some good results from Amanda Jamieson saw her finish in 8th position for the Young Riders Classification and an impressive 37th overall GC.
Bronwyn MacGregor's first UCI race displayed her talent on the world stage. Despite an unfortunatemechanical which lost her several minutes, Bronwyn still managed to finish 50th overall.
A recent win in South Africa from rider Catherine Colyn at the Paarl de Ville.
Catherine raced 114km aggressively and the tactic payed off after attacking 3km into the race and riding away with a select few. With a climbing finish, Catherine attacked with 1km to the finish and crossed the line solo. A great effort by Catherine!
A busy weekend for the Maaslandster Ladies with 2 riders climbing to the top step!
Daniela Gass wins in Lustadt,Germany at a 40km circuit elimination race that was fast and technical. Although she was out numbered with no team mates to help, Gass managed to outsmart her competition, taking home the win.
In The Netherlands, Gina Hofland raced Kampioenschap van Rotterdam which started as a fast and aggressive race. Eventually forming a 6 person break Gina found herself in the winning move and sprinted for a successful win.
Also in German at Duren-Merken, Jamieson 5th , Dirks 11th, Hill 16th and MacGregor 20th.
A great start to the season with 5 wins already in 2018!
The Setmana Ciclista Valencia in Spain was our team's first European Tour for 2018 with 4 days of racing among 157 other racers.
The team's target of finishing as best club team was achieved and our riders raced an exceptional Tour.
Daniella Gass proved her legs were ready for the season, sprinting for 3rd in 2 intermediate sprints and finishing 11th in 2 of the stages, ultimately finished 37th in GC. Tsubasa Makise showed impressive form and improved condition, finishing close behind in 40th position on GC.
Catherine Colyn showed her talent and tenacity in her first European UCI Tour and unfortunately while Hogerboom started well, several crashes and bad luck forced an early abandonment.
A lot of these results were made possible with the tireless efforts of our guest riders Agnieta Francke who finished 46th GC and Valentina Scandolara who unfortunately was not able to start the final stage due to a crash.
Such a great start to the season and very pleased to see the girls working well and getting along famously.
The Maaslandster International Women's Cycling team is now very happy to announce that Australian rider Anna-Leeza Hull will be joining the team in 2018. Having represented Australia at the Junior World Championships, Anna-Leeza's talent is undeniable. With a speciality in TT and climbing, Anna-Leeza will be coming to Europe with the intention of establishing herself in her chosen career as a Professional Cyclist.
The Maaslandster International Cycling Team now welcomes back their local Dutch club rider, Christel van Loo. With an undeniable talent in cycling, Christel has been developing quickly as a competitive cyclist and will continue to find success in the sport. We are excited to support Christel's aim of securing more experience in the European peloton in the Maaslandster colours
The next athlete to announce on the Maaslandster squad is Dutch rider Gina Hofland. With several years or mastering the Dutch peloton and crosswinds, Gina has an aggressive riding style and a reliable sprint. We are excited to see her development in the bigger races of 2018.
De volgende renster welke het Maaslandster team bekend maakt is de Nederlandse renster Gina Hofland. Gina heeft ruime ervaring binnen het Nederlandse peloton en een agressieve koersstijl met een goede sprint. In 2018 wil Gina zich verder ontwikkelen in de grotere wedstrijden
We are now very proud to welcome back New Zealand's 2017 U23 National Champion, Amanda Jamieson, to the Maaslandster International Women's Cycling Team for the 2018 season.
After an intense racing experience which took her all over Europe in 2017, we are excited to continue working with Amanda and help her achieve her goals and ambitions in cycling.
Keep an eye out for Amanda at New Zealand's National Championships in January 2018 where she will be defending her jersey.
Maaslandster International Women's Cycling Team is happy to announce that Singapore favorite, Serene Lee, will be joining the team in 2018. With her eyes currently set on the Asian Road Championships, Serene will then be focused on preparing her form for the World Championships in 2018. We are proud to be part of this journey for this tenacious and dedicated athlete!
We are now very happy to announce one of the team's Club Riders who will be staying with the Maaslandster Ladies in 2018, Evelien Ruijters. Evelien has recently started her cycling career after discovering a natural talent and love for the sport and we are excited to be a part of her development as competitive cyclist.
Maaslandster International Women's Cycling Team is very happy to announce that Roos Hoogeboom will be racing for the team in 2018. This experienced UCI rider comes with pure climbing talent and and proven kermesse racing skills, having finished the 2017 season with strong podium results in the Belgian Kermesse & Dutch Criterium circuits. Roos will have a priority on the climbing Tours throughout 2018 and will be focused on leading the team to it's success.
Maaslandster International Womens Cycling Team is now very happy to announce that Eva van den Born will be returning to the team in 2018. After a difficult season in 2017 recovering from injury caused by car accident, the team is eager to support her process of getting back into her racing form. Eva is a prime example of persistence, dedication and tenacity which we value on the team.
We are very pleased to announce that well known German Sprinter, Daniela Gass, will be joining the Maaslandster International Womens Cycling Team in 2018. No stranger to the team, Gass has ridden as a guest rider on several occasions throughout the last 2 seasons.
As a pure sprinter, Gass brings experience and speed to the Maaslandster ladies and will no doubt be successful in uniting the team for podium places throughout 2018.
The Maaslandster International Women's Team is extremely excited to announce that Luxembourg's Anne-Sophie Harsch will be joining the team in 2018.As one of Luxembourg's most talented riders, Anne-Sophie has impressive experience including a 4th place at the 2017 European Championships Junior-Women and finishing the 2017 World Championships Junior-Women as 9th.
We are very excited to be a part of this talented rider's continued development.
We are extremely pleased to announce that our Switzerland favorite Désirée Ehrler will be joining the Maaslandster International Womens Cycling Team in 2018 as one of the team's Lead Riders.
With a great season in 2017, there will no doubt be some impressive results to keep an eye out for in 2018.
July 6 - 9
A fantastic achievement for the Maaslandster Veris CCN team at the UCI 2.1 Tour de Feminin in Czech.
With Kirsten Peetoom 2nd place on stage 2; Desiree Ehrler 10th place on stage 4; and Roos Hogerboom 13th place on stage 1, the team worked amazingly well together to achieve such great results.
Undoubtedly the best results ever achieved in the team's 2 years of competition.
Great racing from the Maaslandster ladies on the weekend with Kylie and Femke crossing the line in 36th and 37th respectively, and Amanda in 64th place at the UCI 1.1 Spar Flanders Diamond Tour in Belgium.
Wadro Ronde van Kerspelen - National Club Competition
A fast and flat and typical Dutch road race saw Kirsten Peetoom finishing in a strong position of 20th place, followed by Kylie 47th and and Jess 66th.
An unfortunate crash took out Femke Geeris in a race which was well suited to her form. Sadly it left her bike and helmet broken in several places, but thankfully her body is ok and she's b ack racing tomorrow
May 26 - 28
Racing For Ladies Tour - Belgium
Last week Ayla Rudgley and Mel Robinson competed in the 3 stage Racing for Ladies Tour in Belgium in unusually hot conditions. The race offered a short Time Trials followed by 2 road stages which included cobblestones, hills, uphill sprint finishes and some fast kermessestyle racing.
Coming home with some good results, Ayla finished the Tour in 10th GC and Mel in 11th GC!
GP Groenen Groep - Veldhoven
90km flat road race in the Dutch Club Competition series. This marked the first Club Competition road race for Ayla Rudgley to complete, showing her improving form and capability. It also marked the last race for Carley McKay who completed her European campaign.
Dwars door de Westhoek UCI 1.1
Massive crash that took out 80% of the field... no one from out team finished.
21st & 22nd April - Omloop van Borsele,
An impressive performance from Sari Saarelianen and Desiree Ehrler at the Omloop van Borsele, Dutch Top Competition event.
Day 1 saw a strong ITT performance by Sari Saarelianen, finishing in 8th position among a professional field of UCI riders. Marieke crossed the line in 24th position and Amelie in 30th.
Desiree Ehrler showed her consistent and impressive form by finishing in 27th position among the strong field of UCI riders on day 2.
Team mates Kylie Waterreus and Jessica Lane finished in the third group, crossing the line in 49th and 50th positions respectively.
Another good result from the Maaslandster Veris CCN team.
3rd April - GP Dottignies Lotto Cycling Cup UCI 1.2
Desiree showed her excellent form and fearlessness, fighting for position in an aggressive sprint finish, crossing the line in 30th position.
Saarelainen chose not to contest the messy sprint, crossing in 98th position while Geeris completed her first UCI event of the season in 122. Eberhardt in 133, Waterreus crashed out while Lane hopped off early in the race.
Kermesse season begins for the Maaslandster Veris CCN team, debuting at the Zwevezele Kermesse in Belgium on the 19th March.
With several of the riders lining up for their very first Belgian kermesse style of racing, the eye opening experience will no doubt be embraced as they take on the challenge of racing in Europe. The team will continue to learn and develop while the form of the more experienced riders continues to improve over the season.
A busy 1st week of February with results all around the globe.
In Australia we had Desiree Ehrler on the podium in 2nd position after a fast and active local criterium in Perth, Western Australia. While on the other side of the country, Ayla Rudgley managed to secure a solid 3 place at the Australian Capital Territory’s State Criterium Championships.
Over in Europe, Amalie Winther Olsen raced Track at the Nordic Championships and secured 8 medals out of 9 races along with an impressive PB. And in the Netherlands the training races have begun with Vyne van der Schoot in 3rd and Femke Geeeris in 1st position.
The An Post Rás na mBan was yet another success in 2017 as the last stage race for the season.
The Maaslandster Veris CCN riders did extremely well with Desi Ehrler gaining four top-10 results in this 5-day tour.
Amanda Jamieson ended the tour with a 2nd place in stage 6, while Femke Geeris was one of the most aggressive riders during this week. Kirsten Peetoom finished in finished in 14th place in the GC , just in front of Amanda (17th) and Désirée (25th). Every rider did a great job and helped our lead riders. There was a good atmosphere during this race and it was a nice way to finish the season.
Regional Time Trial and a clean sweep of the podium with Christel van Loo in first position, followed by Kylie and Eveline.
Oberhausen Criterium Germany
Raced by Jamieson, Waterreus, Rudgley and Robinson with Team tactics to get Jamieson in the best position possible.
Amanda and Kylie successfully made it into a 10 person break which came down to a sprint. Amanda 4th and Kylie 5th with the top 3 UCI riders getting the podium positions.
Mel and Ayla in the second group with Ayala leading out Mel who got second in the bunch sprint. This was a result to be proud of.
Salverda Omloop van de Ijsseldelta UCI 1.2
Once again, rain and crosswinds made a difficult race and approximately half the field did not finish. Guest rider Daniela Gaas finished in a respectful 22nd position.
Wet, windy and muddy conditions characterized the UCI 1.2 Rabo 7-Dorpenomloop race for 121km in the Netherlands. An impressive race from Femke Geeris who continues to deliver with her outstanding season, finishing 18th.
Not far behind in the second group, Kylie Waterreus crossed the line in 31st position with team mate Verena in 38th.
FESTIVAL GP ELSY JACOBS (LUXEMBOURG) - UCI 2.1
Fabulous weather over 3 days with Prologue and 2 road stages amongt a strong field of UCI riders..
Christel van Loo showed amazing team work and talent throughout her first UCI 2.1, finishing in the same bunch as team mates Kirsten and Tsubassa.
Amanda raced aggressively on the final stage and burnt all her matches, forcing her out of the finishing field along with Kormos, but should be proud to have raced a good tour.
Unfortunately a fatigued Sari had to withdraw on the last stage and will now focus the next stage race in China.
After a week off racing, the team went into a full week of hard kermesse racingand came home with some great results!
Dottignies Kermese - 9th April saw a strong finish from Jamieson in 10th place with team mates Van Loo and Kormos in the bunch.
Digiem Kermese 15th April the team worked together which resulted in Tamara Preuss getting in a break and finishing 6th, Jamieson getting 3rd in the bunch kick for 9th overall, Van Loo 36th.
Haartlet Kermese 17th April, Kormos placed herself in the winning break and crossed the line in 8th position with Waterreus finishing in the bunch.
The team work is coming together!
29th Mach - Pajot Hills Classic UCI 1.2.
Arguably harder than the previous year but the sun was out this time!
A fantastic effort from Kirsten Peetoom who finished in 45th position while the level proved to be too tough for the rest of the squad, most of the damage being done on the famous 'MUUR van Geraardsbergen'.
26th February - The first of the European Spring Classics, Omloop van het Hageland.
33 Teams (22 UCI Teams) , 191 riders over 126km on the narrow Belgium roads filled with cobblestones and sharp climbs. Only 80 riders finished the race.
Kirsten Peetoom finishing in 39th position and as the 1st Club Team rider. Desiree Ehrler, 67th, who worked throughout the race ensuring her Team Leader finished in a good position. Kylie Waterreus , finishing in 62nd position.
Numerous crashes ended the race for Kormos and Makise while Jet-lagged Jamieson’s duties were gratefully fulfilled, standing in as a last minute reserve rider.
This result placed Maaslandster Veris CCN in 16th Team Classification / 1st Club Team which is an outstanding result.
We are very proud of the Maaslandster International Women's Cycling Team after they rode at the Time Trial in Borsele Netherlands.
Amongst an amazing field of 45 cyclists and the winning time of, 28:13.86
Saarelainen 29:49.47 13th
Hull 29:55.72 - 15th
Hoogeboom 30:14.46 - 20th
MacGregor 30:15.40 - 22nd
Le Samyn UCI 1.2 in Belgium was raced in freezing conditions of -3 degrees. An action packed race at an event which is affectionately known as the women's Paris Roubaix due to aggressiveand ongoing cobblestones.
Unfortunately for many of the riders the race was was filled with crashes and mechanical problems and a string of bad luck. Only Desi Ehrler was able to see the finish line, in a respectful 39th position.
Amanda Jamieson on the podium with a second place in Germany after a fast and technical race!
Meanwhile elsewhere in Germany, Daniela Gass hits the top step with a win.
Another great weekend!
The team's first Lotto Cycling Cup event, Spar Omloop van het Hageland UCI 1.1.
The goal was to race aggressivelyand this is exactly what Femke Geeris did. Together with Marjolein van 't Geloof (Lotto-Soudal) Femke broke away for more then 50km. They got caught by the first part of the bunch only 20km before the finish.
Out of the 161 starters only 72 riders were able to finish the race, with Dési Ehrler finishing in 57th place following by Femke Geeris as 69th.
Femke is currently 2nd in the Lotto Cycling Cup Rush classification as well as the GPM classification. Next race Le Samyn (UCI WE1.2) on Tuesday 27th February !
Welcoming back to the Maaslandster Ladies in 2018, Belgian rider Marisa Dirks will be returning as a club member and continuing her focus on her impressive improvement as a competitive cyclist. As an active and enthusiastic Belgian kermesse racer, Marisa is in continuing to impress with her development and the team is excited to support her growth as a competitive cyclist.
The Maaslandster International Womens Cycling Team is now very excited to announce the team's second New Zealand rider on the squad, Bronwyn MacGregor. Bronwyn's talent was identified at a later stage than most however her determination and development in the sport been exceptional. Her time trial and climbing strengths will leave an impact in Europe, no doubt
Our next athlete who we are happy to announce is Japanese rider, Yasue Nakahara. Known for her climbing skills and tenacity, Yasue will be with the Maaslandster International Womens Cycling Team for the first half of the season and will be targeting the hillier races. Having finished 5th in the 2017 Japanese National Road Race, Yasue has displayed a natural talent and desire to succeed and we are excited to see develop in Europe
The Maaslandster International Womens Team is now happy to announce that local rider, Vyne van der Schoot will be joining the Club with determination to get back into racing form after a sever 2017 knee injury. Vyne's positive attitude and eagerness is a great asset to the team. We look forward to watching her strength develop throughout the season.
We are now very proud to announce that Finnish favorite, Sari Saarelainen will once again be riding with the Maaslandster ladies in 2018.
As one of the team's most talented TT riders and committed team players, Sari's experience and strength is valued by the team and we look forward to having her on board once again in 2018
The Maaslandster International Womens Cycling Team is now happy to announce its first ever British rider to join the team. Completing the strong Sprinter Squad, Amy Hill will bring her several years of UCI experience and proven speed into the team and will undoubtedly play a big role in Maaslandster's success throughout the season.
We are extremely pleased to announce Dutch Rider, Femke Geeris has signed for her second season with the Maaslandster Ladies. Femke's strength throughout 2017 was impressive with several podium finishes during the season. We are excited to see her continue her podium success in 2018!
June 25 & 26
2 Daagse Peize-Nieuw Roden
Stage 1 : 90km Road Race, flat, hard and fast with a 5 person break finishing 1min infront of our riders.
Stage 2: 4.5km ITT
Stage 3: 80km Road Race, again being flat, hard & fast. Bunch sprint finish.
The Overall GC saw Christel van Loo as the best placed rider in the team, finishing the Tour in 20th position. Melissa Robinson followed in 68th position and Jessica Lane in 76th
Regional Championships took place where local riders battled it out for title.
A break of 7 riders containing Maaslandster ladies Kylie Waterreus and Club Member Roos Hogerboom rode for a sprint finish getting 4th and 5th respectively.
May 20 - 21
Swiss Ever GP Cham-Hagendorn UCI 1.2
May 21st, An undulating circuit which has always favored sprinters, the plan was to bring our local favorite Desiree Ehrler to the line. With some great help from Kirsten Peetoom (13th) and Roos Hogerboom (14th), Desi crossed the line in 10th position, bringing UCI Points to Maaslandster. An exciting moment for the team. Amanda followed in 23rd, Tsubasa 44th and Melissa finishing her first UCI race in 59th position.
May 20 Berner Rundfahrt was a pure climber's circuit in a National field saw Tsubasa and Roos finish in the front bunch, midfield. Desi, Kirsten and Amanda followed in the chasing group several minutes behind.
May 5 - 9
The NEA Tour of Finland finished with ups and downs, success and disappointments, and many lessons.
Sari proved her TT specialty with a Podium on both the Prologue (2nd) and Stage 1 TT (1st) however due to health issues it was best to tap out of the Tour and recover. The podium glory was passed onto Kirsten Peetoom who won stage 2, with much of the credit going to the relentless hard work of Christel van Loo. Carley Mckay also doing everything she could to help her team mates.
Stage 3 was less successful when Christel van Loo crashed out along with Carley Mackay. Amalie Winther-Olsen did everything she could, but Peetoom lost time on GC and was forced to finish in 5th position while Amanda sprinted for 3rd place. The team ended up going home with Peetoom 3rd in GC which is still something to be proud of.
18th April - Ronde van Gelderland Club Competition
A successful outcome with the Maaslandster Veris CCN team working together to gain a strong result, ending up with Kirsten Peetoom on the podium in 3rd place.
The race offered narrow and undulating roads, cross winds, gravel, rain, hail and plenty of dirt. For most, the race proved too difficult however Kirsten showed her good form and rode aggressively throughout the race while the riders communicated well throughout.
Waterreus rolled across the line in 18th position, Femke Geeris in 34th and Tsubassa 56th.
1st April - Volta Limburg
The hometown race which everyone was looking forward to, with a full squad lining up plus 3 individual riders (Jamieson, Rudgley & Mackay).
Tough lessons where learnt after the winning move was allowed to ride away and the riders ended up with 'ok' results for this national race; Peetoom coming in at 15th followed by Saarelainen 16th, Waterreus 19th, Jamieson 36, Ehrler 56 and van Loo 63rd
8-11 March. SETMANA CICLISTA VALENCIA, Spain.
Starting the stage race with an impressive Team Time Trial, unfortunately the following mountain stages proved to be too difficult for the riders to maintain their GC position. However their speed and technical ability came together in the final stage with Kirsten (15th) and Sari (20th) finishing at the front of the race.
Final General Classification
Peetoom 69th 8.49m
Saarelainen 81st 11.13
Makise 101st, 16.21m
Jamieson 111st, 29.50
Kormos 116th, 34.54m
ERONDEGEMSE PIJL - ERPE MERE
The team recently finished the last race of the Begian LOTTO CYCLING CUP Series and it was done with a good fight, having 3 riders in the top 30, placing the team as 7th in GC (out of 23). This was a great race to finish the UCI season.
Peetoom finished 23rd, Waterreus 24th, Geeris 30th, Lane 45th and Eberhardt 55th.
Wrapping up the season, the Final Team Classification of the 2017 LOTTO CYCLING CUP has Maaslandster Veris CCN finishing in 11th place out of 61 teams. Something to be very proud of!
After finishing 19th place in 2016 the progress is evident and our team's ability in the LOTTO CUP series is respected.
In the team's back yard, the National Club Competition event, Klimomloop van Ulestraten took place being the hilliest Club Competition event on the Dutch Calendar. 90kms with over 1300meters of climbing, this was to be a race of attrition.
Defending champion Kirsten Peetoom finished in a respectful 10th position, with much of the gratitude going to Desire Ehrler who continues to show her unrelenting and selfless commitment for her team leader. After spending a majority of the race on the front and chasing breaks, she still managed to finish in 35th position.
120 riders started the race with only 40 able to finish. Waterreus crossed the line in 19th and van Loo in 34th.
National Club Competition event, Acht van Noordenveld.
A fast, flat 120km of racing in the north of Holland. This debut race for Eveline Ruijters sadly finished with a crash but many more opportunities are on the horizon for this talented rider. Ayla Rudgley and Mel Robinson finished in the bunch of a fast and aggressive race.
May 26 & 27
La Classique Morbihan UCI 1.1 & Grand Prix de Plumelec-Morbihan UCI 1.1
La Classique Morbihan was an undulating 113km in extremely hot conditions. The team rode strong, in particular Desi Ehrler who showed that even a bike change on a bike that didn't fit wouldn't stop her from doing amazing team work for her leader. All this effort played a big part in getting Sari in one of the front groups, finishing in 38th position.
Grand Prix de Plumelec-Morbihan. Cooler conditions but a harder circuit saw many riders drop out of this race. Tsubasa finished in a good position in 61, followed by Sari 62 and Kirsten 66th who were the only riders able to survive the grueling stage.
Another big thanks goes to team mate Desi Ehrler who continued to sacrifice her position and give everything she could to keep her team mates in good position.
May 10 - 12
The team's first Tour of Zhoushan Island UCI 2.2 in China is complete with a great result. The team came together to work for Sari as the General Classification rider and she successfully stayed with the GC contenders until the end of the Tour, finishing in the top 25.
Although an unfortunate mechanical issue occured on the first stage causing Tsubassa to loose much time, she still finished in the top 10 Best Asian Rider classification, and 36th GC. Desiree showed her form ...and strong team ethics by working impressively hard for her GC rider, ultimatley sacrificing her own race but much to the gratitude of Sari. Amanda, Kirsten Howard and Amalie rode well and did everything they could, suffering incredibly on the second stage but Amanda 40th GC and Kirsten 35th able to be there until the end of the final stage.
Only 59 rider finished the Tour out of 83 starters.... Overall, a successful Tour and once again, finsihing as the FIRST CLUB TEAM!
23rd April - Zandhoven
Another success story to hit the Maaslandster Veris CCN team with Femke Geeris on the top step of the podium at the Belgian Kermesse in Zandhoven.
An active 100km of racing (5 laps of 20km) with Femke being the most aggressive rider of the day, and being rewarded with a sprint finish for victory.
Christel van Loo 38th, did a great job doing anything and everything she could for her team leader Femke. Tsubasa Makise 22nd, Marieke Kerkvliet 41st and Veronika Kormos 47th finished comfortably in the bunch.
Maxime Roes 48th had a great day out in her backyard streets while Sarah-Jeanne Fraser 57th suffered for 80km, but finished with a smile much to everyone's surprise (including her own)!
2nd April - Duren-Merken Criterium
A much needed great result in Düren-Merken for Maaslandster Veris CCN, thanks to a perfect lead out from Sari Saarelainen, Dési Ehrler, Veri Eberhardt and Kylie Waterreus took 1st, 2nd & 3rd respectfully.
The entire team worked perfectly together finishing in the chasing bunch. This result is exactly what good team work brings!
12th March. Drentse Acht van Westerveld; Netherlands.
Typically considered one of the toughest races on the Maaslandster Veris CCN calendar, Desiree Ehrler made history finishing in a respectable 66th position, 3.14minutes behind the winner.
Unfortunately Waterreus, Lane, Winter-Olsen and Eberhardt were not able to finish.
Maaslandster Veris CCN International Cycling Team recently raced at the UCI 2.2 Santos Women’s Tour Down Under in Australia. Overall, a successful Tour with Amanda Jamieson showing her form throughout the Tour and despite an unfortuante mechanical mishap on stage one, she managed to finish the Tour in 31st GC and 8th in Young Rider Classification.
Japanese rider Tsubasa Makise displayed consistency, strength and aggression throughout the Tour while Kylie Waterreus showed promising form leading up to the European season.
Desiree Ehrler’s sprinting strength was on display on the final stage, placing 15th while her team mates Waterreus 21st and Eberhardt 26th placed the team in an impressive 3rd position for the stage’s Team Classification.
Carley’s legs came good on the last two stages of the Tour, showing strong team comradery and tenacity throughout the Tour.
On the 28th February, The Cadel Evens Great Ocean Road Race put on a 113km race for a world class field, which included incredibly strong cross winds and a very hilly circuit.
On this day, Maaslandster Veris CCN finished their Australian racing campaign in good style with Dutch rider Kylie Waterreus giving her best career result to date at a UCI event, in 14th position, 33 seconds off the winner. Not far behind was her team mate Amanda Jamieson (representing the New Zealand National team) in 16th position.
Christel van Loo’s first UCI event started in a positive way in 50th position, falling only 2.59 mins behind the winner while an unfortunate crash with only 15km to go sadly ended the race for Tsubasa who was in the leading group , forcing her to limp across the line and not far behind was Jessica Lane in 66th position.
Watching the team race together during the last month in Australia has been an exciting experience and it promises a great season ahead in Europe with a fantastic and a positive team culture.
Maaslandster Veris CCN has a great month ahead with riders racing some significant events in Australia throughout January 2017.
The campaign begins with Austrian National Champion (Criterium and Track), Verena Eberhardt competing at the Tasmania Christmas Carnivals with fellow team mate Jessica Lane. Dutch rider Kylie Waterreus and Swiss team mate Désirée Ehrler arrive in time to race at the Mitchelton Bay Criterium series along with their Australian team mate, Carley McKay.
Carley and Jess will then compete at the National Road Championships from the 4th to 8th January.
Japanese rider Makise Tsubasa will arrive for the UCI 2.2 Santos Tour Down Under in Adelaide where all riders will come together to compete against some of the world’s best. Amanda Jamieson will also join the squad to race at the TdU.
The team retruns to Victoria for the UCI 1.2 Cadel Evans Road Race with Dutch rider Christel van Loo and Australian Ayla Rudgley linking in for these events. This will complete the 2017 Australian campaign before heading back to the Europe for the Spring Classics.
We wish the European riders safe travels to Australia and the team looks forward to an exciting month of summertime racing
Maaslandster Veris CCN is pleased to announce that Roos Hoogeboom will join the Limburg based cycling club in 2017. Roos will be signing with Spanish UCI Team Bizkaia-Durango in 2017, however will remain a club member of TWC Maaslandster Zuid Limburg allowing her to race with the team from time to time. As experienced UCI racer, Roos brings her climbing ability, knowledge and team spirit to the team in 2017.
Maaslandster Veris CCN is pleased to announce that Dutch rider, Christel van Loo will be joining the team in 2017. Christel has been living and racing in Australia for several years and will be returning to her home region of Limburg in 2017. This will be Christel’s first season on the Dutch circuit and the team looks forward to helping her achieve her cycling goals.
Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN is proud to announce our next Dutch rider, Femke Geeris. A former participant in the European Championships, Femke is no stranger to the Dutch racing circuit and has often shown the peloton her endurance and powerful sprint. The team is excited to help her continue to develop and improve as a cyclist. We welcome Femke to our team next year.
Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN are pleased to welcome local Dutch rider, Vyne van der Schoot. After two serious injuries at the end of the 2016 season, Vyne is working hard on her recovery and will slowly work her way back into the Club Competition peloton in 2017. Tenacious and motivated are the qualities of this naturally talented climber, making her a fantastic addition to the team. Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN is happy to have Vyne on board in 2017.
Maaslandster Veris CCN is pleased to announce that Amalie Winther-Olsen will be returning to the team in 2017. The Danish rider will continue to focus on the track and join the Maaslandster ladies for several road races throughout the season. The team looks forward to having Amalie in the team for another year.
Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN is proud to announce the second Japanese rider on the team, Tsubasa Makise. With a significant amount of racing experience in the USA and Europe, Makise will make a fantastic addition to the team. Along with her major target to compete at the Japanese National Championships, Makise will be committing to a full season on the European circuit.
Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN is proud to announce our next rider for 2017, Ms Kiyoka Sakaguchi from Japan. With strong results throughout Asia and Europe in 2016 including 5th at the Japanese Nationals, Sakaguchi is excited to commit to a full season in Europe.
A rider who is dedicated to becoming the best cyclist she can, Sakaguchi is looking forward to embracing the European culture and working hard throughout the year. The Team will benefit from her passion, commitment and athletic talent
Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN are proud to announce that Swiss rider Désirée Ehrler will be joining the team in 2017. A well known rider in Switzerland and former UCI rider with alot of European racing experience, Désirée's speed, endurance and knowledge will be a valuable asset to the team throughout the season.
Another fantastic win for Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN on the 26th September. Today with Eva van den Born flying the flag with the team in Köln-Eigelstein, Germany.
With excellent team work from team mates Hazel Magill and Angela Smith , Eva crossed the line easily in first place with 2016 Junior European Champion in chase for 2nd. Another proud moment for Team Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN!
Monday 27th in Berlare, the last race of the European Season for both Angela Smith and Hazel Magill. And they raced their legs off!
A fast paced race filled with attacking, chasing and team work, Angela and Hazel spent a lot of time at the front of the race. Unfortunately unable to get themselves into a winning move, they finished in respectful 40th (Angela) and 27th (Hazel) positions.
Maaslandster Veris CCN is proud to announce that former UCI rider from Lares Waowdeals, Veronika Kormos will be joining as the team's final rider in 2017. The former Hungarian National Champion who lives in Belgium will have her focus on the climbing races and Belgian kermesse racing throughout 2017
Maaslandster Veris CCN is excited to announce that one of the region’s pure climbers, Marieke Kerkvliet, will be joining the team in 2017.
Marieke will be focusing her season on some of UCI’s best climbing races on the European calendar and with the support of her team mates, there is sure to be some hill top wins throughout the season.
Maaslandster Veris CCN is proud to announce Sophie Pulford as the team’s final non-European rider to join in 2017. All the way from New Zealand, Sophie will join the team mid-year and will continue to build on her European racing experience gained from her Dutch and Belgian racing in 2016.
Congratulations to Amalie Winther Olsen by finishing 3rd place at the Danish Track National Championship Omnium. Winner of the Omnium was Road World Champion Amalie Dideriksen.
Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN is pleased to announce the first New Zealand rider to join the team in 2017, Amanda Jamieson. Having had a brief moment in Europe’s racing scene during 2016, Amanda is eager to return to Europe for a full season of racing. As an all-rounder cyclist, the team is excited to help her develop as an athlete and achieve her cycling goals.
Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN is extremely happy to announce our next rider from The Netherlands, Eva van den Born. Speed Skater in winter, Road Racer in summer, Eva’s athletic capability is extraordinary.
Having had several podium finishes in 2016, this rider who has a passion for Kermesse style racing will undoubtedly bring success to the team in 2017. Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN is extremely excited to have her on the team.
the next Australian rider to be announced by Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN comes from the nation’s Capital, Canberra. Former Triathlete representing Australia at the Junior Worlds, Ayla Rudgley is a naturally talented athlete who has committed to focusing on a season of road racing in Europe. The team looks forward to being a part of Ayla’s athletic development and success in Europe throughout 2017.
Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN are pleased to announce that the Austrian sensation, Verena Eberhardt, will be joining the team in 2017. Former UCI rider and 2016 National Champion in Track and Road disciplines, Verena’s powerful sprint will undoubtedly bring success to the team in some significant European races
Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN are happy to announce the next Australian rider who will be joining the team in 2017, Jessica Lane.Jessica's experience on technical circuits, her sprint and lengthy racing experience on road and track will benefit the team throughout the season.
Team Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN is proud to announce that the local favorite, Kirsten Peetoom will be joining the team once again in 2017.
After an amazing season with the team including several podium finishes, we are excited to extend the contract of the 2016 winner of Sparkassen Giro and the THEMU Klimomloop Ulestraten. We are looking forward to another great year with ‘Peets’.
Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN is pleased to announce Carley McKay as our first Australian to sign with the team for 2017.
Carley brings 6 years of racing experience gained from the Australian National Racing environment, showing a particular strength with crosswinds and domestique roles.
The team is eager to get her on board with a focus on the UCI and Club Competition racing in The Netherlands
Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN is proud to announce that Kylie Waterreus will once again ride for the team in 2017.
Kylie will be first year Elite-Women in 2017 and will compete in more UCI races throughout the season. Kylie will continue to develop and improve as a cyclist and plays an important part in the team. We are proud to have her on the team for another year.
Several riders from the team raced a Belgian Kermesse in Wilrijk. The small field of only 59 riders made the race fast and challenged the tired legs. Kinnealy attempting to put herself in a decisive break however ultimately ended in the bunch with 19th and Duffield in 25th position.
Augut 9Sara Verhaest and Hazel Magill racedin Brugge-Dudzele. 85km amongst a field of 92 riders. Verhaest finishing in 50th position followed by Magill in 54th.
August 12th Time Trial of 12.4km Time Trial at the Zolder racing car circuit in Belgium. Erhard 1st with a finishing time of 17.21 followed by Sarah Duffield in 2nd place with 17.40, Verhaest coming in 3rd on 18.03 then Hazel McGill on 18.50.
August 13 Belgian kermesse in Heusden on a flat circuit of 90+km in a field of almost 140 riders. Angela Smith rode a fantastic race, getting into the action at the front of the field and then finishing in 75th position. Kinnealy d crossing the line in 51st place with Verhaest not to far behind in 64th. Duffield continues to get more Kermesse confidence and finished in 70th position.
July 7 - 10
Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN rode a challenging Tour of Feminin UCI 2.2 in Czech Republic. A Tour suited to the natural climbers but possible for the sprinters to survive.
Peetoom rode an impressive race and showed her team spirit with strong domestic support to the team's sprinter, Daniela Gass and GC rider, Andrea Christophorou. With reliable help from her team mates Kirsten Howard, Kylie Waterreus and guest rider Sari Saarelainen, Andria Christophorou finished 23rd out of 200 on overall GC and the Team finished 15th out of 29.
Both Sarah Duffield and Hazel Magill experienced their first European UCI Tour and fought to the bitter end, showing tenacity and spirit and refusal to give up.
The team rode exceptionally well and as a Club Team in a UCI Tour. As a team we were very proud to finish with such a strong result.
June 18 to 26
Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN riders raced National Road Race events through Europe.
Kylie Waterreus 11th Junior Dutch National Road Race and 17th Junior Nationals TT
Kirsten Peetoom 21st Dutch National Road
Amalie Winter Olsen 16th Danish National TT
Tamara Preuss 45th German National Road
Sofia Erhard 25th Swedish National TT
Maxime Roes 51st and Sara Verhaest 70th Belgium National Road
May 21 & 22
Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN raced at Switzerland’s National event, Burner Rundfahrt. Although it was a difficult course with much climbing, there were not many UCI riders which decreased the level of difficulty somewhat. This was the perfect terrain for both Kirsten Peetoom and Kirsten Howard who finished in impressive positions of 13th and 18th respectively. Tamara Preuss finished in the same group in 29th position.
Daniella Gass 41st , Erin Kinnealy 43rd and Angela Smith 52nd finished in following groups.
Swiss Ever GP UCI 1.2 presented a much stronger field of riders fighting for UCI points on a hilly circuit of 12laps of 9km. While the terrain was much gentler then the previous race, the level of difficulty increased with the quality of riders. The best tactic of the race was ensuring that you were in a good position at the front of the peloton before the KOM climb of each lap.
Peetoom and Gass proved their capability and experience and finished in the sprint for 1st, crossing the line in an impressive 11th and 12th position (one place short of gaining UCI points). Howard and Preuss finished 5min behind the lead group in 67 and 69th positions while Kinneally and Smith were unfortunately taken out with 2 laps to go.
Having 2 riders of a Club Team finish in 11th and 12th positions was a very proud moment for the team, showing that our riders are capable of riding at the UCI level. Well done Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN!
Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN was once again on the German podium with an impressive win and 2nd place from Erin Kinnealy and Tamara Preuss respectively.
The local criterium in Oberhausen (Germany) offered an undulating 50km race set on a 4km circuit with a field of 40 riders. Kinnealy broke away early in the race with a local German rider who was eventually dropped, at which point Preuss timed her break from the field perfectly, backing her team mate with a 2nd place. Excellent team work on display with Sofia Erhard and Angela Smith doing their bit and coming in 6th and 8th!
A great day for the Maaslandster team showing persistant dominance on the German racing circuit
April 29 - May 1
The first stage race for the year - FESTIVAL GP ELSY JACOBS (LUXEMBOURG) - UCI WE 2.1. As a category 1 event, this is as hard as they can get on the UCI standard.
The prologue saw 5 of the team's riders; Smith, Verhaest, Winter-Olsen, Howard and Peetom ,put in a great effort with notable results for a Club team (only 11 Club Team riders out of 113)
Stage 2's weather caught the entire peloton by surprise, dealing extremely cold rain. The 2 Kirsten's being the only two to survive, crossing the line in shivers and near hyperthermia.
While stage 3 was contrasted with sunshine and warmth, the hilly terrain was too much for Howard to stay in contention and Peetoom finished the Tour in 73rd position on the overall GC.
Well done to the entire team for having the courage to battle against UCI's best professional riders.
Ronde van Gelderland (Netherlands) – UCI WE 1.2 - 137 km
Getting trapped behind a big crash, Kirsten Peetoom showed tenacity by refusing to give up after 2 wheel changes and 20 km of chasing to get back to the peloton which allowed her to finish midfield. Kirsten Howard and Erin Kinnealy were actively moving within the commotion of the main peloton but missed the break, finishing 2 min. behind the winners. Ride of the day goes to Melanie Hessling who finished in 46th position in the main field.
A sad day to see Marije Hengelvend crash out with a broken collar bone. The team wishes her a speedy recovery!
Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN raced the first of the Dutch Club Competition racing series, Rabo Koepel Race in Lierop - 127km with a field of 170 starters.
An unfortunate crash involved Angela Smith in the first of 7 laps; Delivered back into the convoy of cars by Sarah-Jeanne, Angela fought hard to get back in contact with the main group but was sadly taken out of the race with a group she joined after approximately 80km .
An impressive and aggressive ride from Erin Kinnealy got her so close to a podium finish (2nd place) but was unfortunately caught by the peloton with 20meters to go.
Kirsten's negotiation skills with the tightly packed peloton are improving and Maxime impressed many onlookers with her first ever race of this distance.
Elissa's tenacity and strength was on show but she unfortunately ran out of energy on the last lap . This race began Sofia's journey in Europe but her group was taken out at 80kms.
Sadly Nine Storms was forced to abandon after a crash.
Overall the team had a positive race with both team and individual accomplishments and the Australians are now understanding how the European peloton works.
Kirsten Howard 41st; Erin Kinnealy 50th; Maxime Roes 71st.
Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN raced the final race of the 2017 Lotto Cup Series in Belgium. Erpre-Mere was a 116km race with approximately 180 athletes.
An undulating circuit which included 6 local laps, the peleoton was controlled by Rabo Liv who had a solo rider off the front and who ultimately took the win.
Of the 7 riders, Howard, Peetoom and Kinnealy were able to get to the finish line in midfield positions.
An uneventful race but the sun was shining and the winds were down so it was a good day out.
THE WINNER OF THE 2016 SPARKASSEN GIRO IS ......KIRSTEN PEETOOM !
An exciting day for the team at one of Germany's most popular Post Tour Criterium events, Sparkassan Giro.
In front of a massive crowd, Kirsten Peetoom wins the Sparkassen Giro with a strong sprint finish.
Kirsten Howard and Erin Kinnealy also had an aggressive race in the chase group and finished with an impressive 8th and 10th place. Woooohoooo!
A race which was formally a world cup event, this is a proud moment for the riders and the team!
An important race for Team Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN took place on July 3rd. A National Clubcompetition Event in the team's own backyard, the start line of Klimomloop van Ulestraten was 5km from the team house and organised by some of the team's own Sponsors. If there was a race to win, it was this one!
A hilly circuit of 123km, 16laps of 7.5km. A race of tactics and attrition, perfectly executed by Erin Kinnealy finishing 35th after setting up her riders, Kirsten Howard in 8th after patiently allowing her leader to ride away for the win, and the ultimate winner, Kirsten Peetoom.
A beautiful moment watching the entire team jump with joy and excitement as they witnessed and took part of the team's first notable win.
Congratulations to everyone involved!
Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN team raced a Dutch National Road Race in a beautiful part of the Netherlands, in the VELUWE.
The PAREL VAN DE VELUWE race was over 131km with 150 riders. Warm temperatures and low winds, combined with the up and comming Dutch Nationals meant that a fast race with many attacks was inevitable.
All riders of Maaslandster rode extremly well and continue to learn how to achieve the best results possible as a team working together.
Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN raced at the recent GP Groenen Club Competition in Veldhoven, Netherlands. Despite having a small team caused by some riders with injuries and a team already in Switzerland, the team's sprinters did exceptionally well.
Hessling continues to show impressive form finishing in 8th position, not far behind was Waterreus in 18th.
Erhard finished the race in 88th position whilst the team's youngest rider Maxime Roes contineus to show improvement and growing capability by finishing the 90km race in 92nd .
The second Club Competition event on the team's calendar, GP Toyota Mengelers, held in the team's local area of Limburg.
Unfortunately an early crash happened midfield, only Kinnealy and Hessling avoiding the mayhem by riding in the front. Preuss was able to ride back to the main filed but unfortunately Erhard, Roes and Storms were unable to get back in contact with the race. Kylie Wateruss's mechanical sadly ended her race early.
With a lot of work from Kinnealy and Preuss throughout the race, Hessling was able to finish an impressive 6th place putting her in a strong position for the series.
Omloop van de IJsseldelta (Netherlands) – UCI WE 1.2 - 132 km
This race was one which showed how difficult racing in the Netherlands can be. Watching the extreme windy conditions force bike riders into ditches and dykes, the race only saw 31 out of 180 riders finish the race.
The last riders standing were Melanie Hessling, Kirsten Peetoom and guest rider, Daniella Gass, were ultimately taken out witha 40 person field after 60 km of 132 km race.
Team Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN are extremely proud to announce that Erin Kinnealy will be representing Australia at the UCI World Tour event Gent-Wevelgem.
Erin will be racing with the Australian National Team at one of the hardest races on the World Tour calendar .
We wish Erin good luck !
Team Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN recently competed at the UCI 1.2 event in Holland; Drentse 8 van Westerveld!
An intense racing experience for all involved and a real eye opener to the level of UCI racing in Holland.
Of the 192 riders who lined up at the race, only 84 crossed the finish line... hard proof that the level of the field, the windy conditions and numerous crashes was simply too much for many to battle.
The team fought hard, only to get taken out 30kms - 40km before the finish line .
Well done to; Kirsten Peetoom, Kylie Waterreus, Erin Kinnealy, Amalie Winther-Olsen and Angela Smith for playing a hard game!
Team Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN raced the UCI 1.2 Pajot Hills Classic event in Gooik, Belgium.
With conditions and terrain that presented tough winds, cobblestones and steep climbs, including the Muur of Geraardsbergen, Kylie Waterreus, Kirsten Howard, and Erin Kinnealy battled to cross the line in 100th, 110th and 113th positions respectively.
These 3 riders placed the team in an overall position as the 1st Club Team in General Classification.
A proud moment and a fantastic effort by the whole team.
Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN are pleased to extend the stay of Maxime Roes for another year. Head strong, tenacious and motivated are the qualities of this developing rider that makes her a fantastic addition to the team. The team welcomes her for another season in 2017.
We are proud to announce Finnish rider Sari Saarelainen as a new rider in 2017 with Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN.
Sari comes from a UCI Team and brings a strong background of racing including two starts in the Giro d'Italia. Her racing experience will be valuable to the team and she will race both road and track in the coming season. We are very proud to bring Sari on board of our team.
Leading up to the Ras na mBan which will be the last Tour of the season in Ireland, Maxime Roes and Kylie Waterreus raced some of Belgium's kermesse races to test the legs for the Tour.
On September 3rd Maxime had a solid finish in the bunch in Hulste crossing in 38th while Kylie raced the Junior event finishing on the podium in 3rd position. Kylie showed that she is right on form when she finished on the podium the following day in 2nd position at the Naast event in the Wallonie region of Belgium.
Ras na mBan is going to be good!
This week was wrapped up with the end of an exciting Ras na mBan Tour in Ireland; action packed with some fantastic results including leader jerseys, unfortunate crashes, epic stages and amazing team work from the Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN and CCN Energy HR Australia teams.
6 stages over 5 days in Kilkenny.
The entire team worked well and gave 100% on this last Tour of the 2016 season.
Thank you to all riders, staff and to CCN for making it possible to take 2 squads!
Emptinne Kermese in Wallonie, Belgium: Maxime Roes had the best result of her season. The 85km hilly circuit challenged the riders and Roes impressed everyone by finishing 2nd in the bunch sprint, coming 8th overall. Team mate Sara Verhaest also had a good day finishing in 20th position.
August 18: Haasdonk kermese . 65 riders racing 16 laps of 5kms on the typical Belgian roads. A break of 3 riders stayed away with the peloton finishing over 4 ½ mins later. Sara Verhaest showed consistency by crossing the line in 22nd place. Erin Kinnealy finishing in 50th position followed by Sarah Duffiled in 52nd.
August 21; Local criterium in Germany. Erin Kinnealy and Hazel Magill, lapping the field half way through the race in a group of 6. Erin and Austrian rider Verena Eberhardt broke from the small bunch and raced each other for the first place, Verena ultimately taking the win. Hazel Magill fought hard and crossed the line in 4th place. Sarah Duffield finished in 9th, Erhard 10th and Angela racing through a heavy training block, finishing in 12th position.
Meanwhile in the Netherlands, Kirsten Petoom raced at the criterium of Goor. With 6 laps to go she broke from crossing in a respectable 2nd place.
RaboRonde Heerlen Post Tour Criterium saw Peetoom finishing in 6th position, followed by Howard in the chasing group who unfortunately punctured halfway through the race.
The atmosphere was pumping with thousands of people cheering around the course.
Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN raced their first Derny Race held in Buchten, an National event in The Netherlands.
Kirsten Peetoom gained an impressive 2nd place, behind UCI rider, Sarah Inghelbrecht (Lares Waowdeals).
For the Australian riders, Kirsten Howard and Angela Smith this was their first experience behind a derny and the rain didn't make it easier.
Angela Smith and Kirsten Howard did a great job, with Angela finishing 6th place followe...d by Kirsten in 8th.
Well done ladies !
25km Time Trial - Arcen Netherlands - National Event
Riders from Team Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN left an impressive mark at the recent National Time Trial event held it the Team's home region, Arcen. The entire team managed to take 3rd to 6th placing's out of 17.
Once again, Kirsten Howard impressed everyone by finishing in 3rd place behind a Dutch National Team rider and a UCI rider. Even more impressive was watching her gain third place on a regular road bike without a disc wheel!
Unfortunately Angela Smith was stopped by traffic which effected her time, but finished with good time nonetheless.
Each rider should be pleased with their result at our home town National TT, placing the team in good light with the club's board members and sponsors.
1 Boogaard Maaike 0:35:40
2 Inghelbrecht Sarah 0:35:55
3 Howard Kirsten 0:36:41
4 Erhard Sofia 0:36:43
5 Waterreus Kylie 0:37:07
6 Smith Angela 0:37:49
7 Swinkels Sylvie 0:38:11
8 van der Schoot Vyne 0:39:16
9 Paumen Jewel 0:39:18
10 Ruijters Evelien 0:40:00
11 Gielkens Esmée 0:41:03
12 Heij Sabine 0:41:22
13 Schramm Kirsten 0:42:19
14 Limpens Pien 0:42:23
15 Janssen Lieke 0:43:12
16 Stappers Isa 0:54:31
17 Swinkels Karlijn DNF
A huge day for Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN, racing our hometown's UCI 1.1 Boels Rental Hills Classic.
This was a race of attrition and sadly the team did lost their two of the three climbers, Howard and Hessling, due to incidences out of their control. However, the team was very pleasead to see Kirsten Peetoom in the finishing bunch of 48 riders out of 155..
The event was followed by a special event to promote womens cycling in The Netherlands and showcasing Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN International Racing Team, all in the presence of Vos, van Dijk and van Wanroij.
Thankyou and well done to all the riders and staff involved. This is a GREAT team!
A good result for the team at the Aalburg 7- Dorpenomloop UCI 1.2 . This was a 120km race in the Netherlands around the home town of Marianne Vos.
The sun was shining and the winds were down, making it a beautiful day to race in the Netherlands. Melanie Hessling finished an impressive 15th and and guest rider, Daniela Gass crossed the line in 23rd place.
Pure bad luck with punctures and crashes ended the race for Winter-Olsen and Kinneally.
April 23 &24
Tamara Preuss had a strong weekend of Criterium racing in Germany and was able to bring some great results to the team.
1st place at the Criterium in Mettmann and 2nd place at Krefeld-Fischeln.
Congratulations to Tamara!
GP Dottignies (UCI 1.2) - Lotto Cycling Cup! A technical circuit with 8 laps of 14.7 km. Total of 118km with 170 riders on the start line.
Challenges on this day were cross winds, cobbles, narrow roads and an exceptionally strong field.
A proud moment for the team and for Erin Kinnealy as she crossed the line with the main bunch in 68th place.
Sadly, after a strong fight from Angela Smith and Kirsten Howard, their chasing group of 30 riders were taken out of the race with one lap to go.
With each race there are lessons and with each lesson the team is getting stronger!
Well done to everyone at Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN!
March 24 & 26
Last week Team Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN had riders racing in two separate Kermesse races in Belgium; Dottignies and Diegem.
Each athlete rode to the best or their ability with the top two results coming from Kylie Waterreus finishing 10th at Dottignies and Kirsten Howard finishing 22nd in Diegem.
Great work by the team!
An exciting event for the Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN team at the official Team Presentation and 2016 launch.
The evening saw the presentation of the team clothing, riders, management and support staff as well as announcement of sponsors infront of approximately 400 people.
- CCN Sports wear
- Ranking Helmets
- Fuji Bikes
- Toyota Mengelers
- Parkhotel Valkenburg
- Vault Cycle Services
- Etixx Nutrition
- Global Cycling Movements
- Energy HR
- Bike Totaal Willemsen
- Mulleners Vastgoed
And action packed and exciting event for the whole team, who are excited and motivated for the 2016 racing season.
Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN participated at GP de la Grande Région in Cessange (Luxembourg). This Road Race took part on a 10 km hilly circuit. At the halfway point Kirsten Peetoom made the decisive break with five other riders including Hazel Magill. Erin Kinnealy later bridged across to the five leaders.
In the last lap Magill attacked and only the Luxembourg rider Harsch was able to follow. Harsh was stronger in the uphill sprint, putting Magill in second position. Kirsten Peetoom won the sprint for 3rd place and Kinnealy finished in 5th . Behind the leaders all other Maaslandster riders were very active with Roes finishing 7th, Winther Olsen 8th, Smith 9th, Preuss 10th and Duffield 12th place.
Congratulations to the whole team and to Hazel who gained her first European podium of the season !
On this day Kirsten Howard finished her European season with a solid 6th place at the Pijl van Heerlerheide , a 70km criterium in the Netherlands.
The undulating 2.8km circuit split the field and saw Peetoom finishing in 9th and Kinnealy 11th. Sarah Duffield continues to improve in her second month in Europe with 12th place and Smith fought hard for her 14th position.
Kirsten Howard now returns to Australia with an amazing experience of European racing and some seriously impressive results. Kirsten will race with her Australian NSWIS team at the Australian National Road Race, San Marinda Tour of King Valley from the 19th-21st August and we wish her the best of luck.
Kirsten Howard played an integral part in the Maaslandster team throughout 2016. Watching her development, personal growth and athletic improvement throughout the season was an inspiration. This talented rider has a bright future.
The first of the Post Tour Criterium races began with Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN participating at Act van Chaam.
A fast crit which was dominated by Rabobank, Verhaest, Smith, Duffield and Macgill put up a good fight til the finish..
Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN had 4 riders race at the Omloop van Alkmaar, a Natioal Club-Competition event in Alkmaar.
Typical of northern Netherlands, it was flat and windy with an aggressive field of 120 riders.
Kinnealy rode an aggressive race with her eye on the series leader who is defending her jersey, but missed the winning break which stayed away with only a handful of seconds to being caught. Erin crossing the line in 31st and Angela Smith in 68th position.
Unfortunately the windy conditions was too much for Maxime to contend with and Nine Stomrs gave her team her final effort and officially retired at this event.
June 26, 27
Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN sent a small team to the Club Competition event, Peize-Nieuw Roden. A 2 day race with 3 stages in the North of The Netherlands.
Erin Kineally had a strong TT finishing 11th but had to pull out of the last stage with illness.
Stong GC result with Kylie 25th, Howard 38th and Smith 66th out of 120 competitors.
Another good result for the team.
Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN raced at the Spar Flanders Diamond Tour, a UCI 1.1 event in Belgium.
Early in the race Melanie Hessling was involved in a crash and despite the fact she had help from her teammates Maxime Roes and Kirsten Howard, their group of 20 riders were not able to connect with the bunch again.
Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN still had Kylie Waterreus, Erin Kinnealy and Andria Christophorou in the main buch covering attacks. As expected the race ended in a bunch sprint, with Waterreus finishing 52nd followed by Christophorou in 56th and Kinnealy in 59th.
Trofee Maarten Wynants UCI 1.2, another of the Lotto Cup Series races in Belgium. Kermese style racing with a 9km circuit 12 times, the team raced well together in this more 'comfortable' setting.
The sun was out, the temperatures were in the mid 20's and it was looking like the race would finish in a bunch sprint.
Our best placed rider , Kirsten Howard finishing in 38th position, followed by Winter-Olsen in 44th, Waterreus in 48th then Smith achieving her first European UCI result in 79th place. Kinneally experienced the effects of cramps whichforced her into 91st place.
A great day out for the team!
Great result for Melanie Hessling in Enkhuizen (Netherlands) on the Kingsday Public Holiday .
Racing a hard criterium in the Netherlands against a strong field including top UCI riders, Melanie showed off her sprint and gained an impressive 3rd place.
Congrats to Melanie Hessling !
Dwars Door de Westhoek (UCI 1.1). A challenging circuit categorised as a 1.1 event, combined with extremely cold conditions and a strong field of riders.
The ride of the day goes to Kirsten Peetoom who finished in the chase group in 61st place.
Verhaest and Howard showed their ability to climb however being too far back in the peloton meant that they missed the break. Unfortunately they were taken out of the race with 40km to go.
Nine ladies of Maaslandster Nicheliving CCN participated in the Criterium race, Rund um Merken in Germany.
After an aggressive yet well controlled race that required perfect teamwork , it was Kylie Waterreus who claimed the first podium spot with a strong sprint.
Marije Hengeveld surprised her teammates with a fantastic sprint from far back, claiming 3rd place.
This is a victory where the entire team can be proud of. Angela Smith, Kirsten Howard, Erin Kinnealy, Sara Verhaest Dai, Sarah-Jeanne Fraser, Elissa Wundersitz, Tamara Preuss.
Team Maslandster Nicheliving CCN was marred by bad luck in the first quarter of the 101km race when a crash took out 4 riders; Smith, Howard, Wundersitz and eventually Kineally.
Erin Kineally fought hard to stay in contention but a compromised bike resulting from the crash made the fight futile.
Sofia rode well and stayed in good position until the cobbles drove her out of the peloton and was out of the race with around 30km to go.
The ride of the day goes to Sara Verhaest who is showing signs of her up and coming form, finishing in 73rd place.