2015 Danish National Road Race

Yesterday, the elite road race was raced on the roads around Rønde. It was a hilly parcours with the riders having to complete 209 km on 15 laps.

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Lots of spectators had made the trip to see the top Danish riders try to take home a win and the atmosphere was great.

A few breaks were established early on as the peloton was quickly split into smaller groups. In the end, a very emotional Chris Anker Sørensen won and now has the right to call himself the Danish champion for the coming year.

Results:
1. Chris Anker Sørensen, Tinkoff – Saxo
2. Martin Mortensen, CULT Energy Pro Cycling
3. Alexander Kamp, Team coloQuick

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2015 Danish National Time Trial Championships

The Danish road race championships are underway and yesterday was the fight against the clock as the time trials were held.

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Rønde, a small town about 30 mins from Aarhus, is the place to be this week if you’re a fan of cycling. The main street of the town is blocked off for traffic for the next few days as the best of the best in Danish cycling compete against each other in an attempt to win the right to don the red and white championship jersey.

Yesterday was Dancing On The Pedals first visit to Rønde. We immediately took a liking to the place. This may have had to do with all the cyclists milling about, setting up for the warm up, and seeing the organizers checking to make sure everything was ready for the race.

2015 Danish Time Trial

The pre-race atmosphere for a time trial is a bit more intense and focused than for a road race. The riders are often in their own world while warming up, concentrating on getting in the zone, and are only interrupted by a DS for tips on how to best handle to course. If you’ve go see a time trial, make sure you try to get a look at the riders on the start ramp as they’re about to head out. You can usually see a look of steely determination in the eyes of the riders while they practise breathing techniques and get in the right state of mind in the seconds before the start. It’s somewhat mesmerizing to look at.

2015 Danish Time Trial
The 39 km course saw the top riders finish in around 50 minutes. Last year’s second place finisher Chris Juul Jensen of Tinkoff-Saxo was on the top of his game Thursday night and won with a margin of over 30 seconds to last year’s winner Rasmus Quaade.

This was Juul Jensen’s first Danish championship win and he seemed overjoyed to finally be able to step onto the top step of the podium.

One of the first races we went to was the Danish U23 championship back in 2011. This was Chris Juul’s last race as an U23 rider and he was so determined to win that when he crossed the line behind Lasse Norman Hansen, Chris Juul was crying and was very upset. It was rather emotional, for us as well, as you could so clearly see a mix of passion and frustration in him. Remembering this moment just made this win more special.

We’re truly happy for Chris Juul Jensen who, besides obviously being a great cyclist, is one of the funniest and kindest riders out there.

2015 Danish Time Trial

Results:

1. Christopher Juul Jensen, Tinkoff – Saxo, 00.48,50.76
2. Rasmus Quaade, CULT Energy Pro Cycling, 00.49,24.89
3. Mads Würtz Schmidt, Team coloQuick, 00.49,27.88
4. Jakob Fuglsang, Astana Pro Team, 00.49,28.20
5. Søren Kragh Andersen, Team TREFOR – Blue Water, 00.49,31.86

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2015 Fyen Rundt

The oldest road race in Denmark is Fyen Rundt and this year it happened to be the first one the Dancing On The Pedals team got to go to.

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With work being all kinds of crazy the first half of 2015, we hadn’t managed to make it to the roadside of any of races until today and man, were we excited to get out there!

The small island of Funen (or Fyn as we like to call it here) set the stage, like always, for this year’s edition of Fyen Rundt – the 105th one. The race started from a small parking lot, a short ways from the usual start/finish area. This was done as lots of amateurs were also racing today, and in order to avoid a mayhem of finishing amateurs in the midst of a starting elite peloton, as was the case last year.

2015 Fyn Rundt

The 205,5 km route saw the riders pass lots of beautiful scenery, including 3 hill sprints, and ended with 3 finishing laps in the center of Odense.

Lots of riders had tried for a breakaway during the race but in the end the winner was to be decided in a bunch sprint. The fastest man across the line was Norwegian Andreas Vangstad who bested Danish Alexander Kamp and Dutch Yoeri Havik.

Our next race will be the Danish National Championships in a couple of weeks and we’re already looking forward to it!

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2014 Handelsbanken Gadeløbet

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Yesterday we finally went to a race again as it was not possible for us to go to Post Danmark Rundt this year.
We went to Herning and a small criterium that is held each year after Post Danmark Rundt.

2014 Handelsbanken Gadeløbet

This year was the 36th edition of the criterium and with the highest number of participants in the peloton. 83 riders was at the startline when the gun fired, with the biggest star being Lars Bak.

As it normally is with these criteriums everyone wants to go in the break wich leed to a lost of attacks and small groups.

The sprint was won by Michael Carbel Svendgaard from Team CULT Energy Vital Water with riders from Trefor – Blue Water finishing of the podium.

2014 Handelsbanken Gadeløbet
Results:

1 Michael Carbel Svendgaard (CULT Energy Vital Water) 1.20.21
2 Søren Kragh Andersen (Team TREFOR-Blue Water) s.t.
3 Patrick Clausen (Team TREFOR-Blue Water) s.t.
4 Jonas Aaen (Riwal Platform Cycling Team) s.t.
5 Asbjørn Kragh Andersen (Christina Watches-Kuma) s.t.
6 Jan Oelerich (Team Stölting) s.t.
7 Lars Bak (Lotto-Belisol) + 0.03
8 Mads Christensen (CULT Energy Vital Water) s.t.
9 Mads Baadgaard Rahbek (Team TREFOR-Blue Water) s.t.
10 Mark Sehested Pedersen (Team TREFOR-Blue Water) s.t.

 
Eventhough Lars Bak finished 7th he was the pleasure of going on the podium together with the winners of the U13 and U15 criterium held before the “real” race.

2014 Handelsbanken Gadeløbet
 

 
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2014 Danish National Road Race Championship

Yesterday was the final day of this year’s Danish National Championship and just like the time trial on Thursday, the road races took place on the roads just outside Faaborg on Fyn.
152 riders were ready to take on the 195 km route consisting of 15 laps of 13 km each, on small and winding roads as well as the local Golfbakken.

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Right from the start there were attacks and the result of that was seen on the number of riders who finished the race: 21 riders finished out of the 152 starters!
The first one to cross the line was Tinkoff Saxo’s neo pro Michael Valgren Andersen. Valgren, who also had a podium finish in the time trial, was in the second group chasing group most of the day. He left them behind, caught up with the leaders, and then shot right past them and soloed to victory.
The sprint for second was won by Michael Carbel in front of last year’s winner Michael Mørkøv.

2014 Danish RR Championship
It has been a great few days in Faaborg where we have had gorgeous weather and some amazing results.

2014 Danish RR Championship

Results from the Danish national road race 2014:

1. Michael Valgren Andersen (Tinkoff Saxo) 4.25:58
2. Michael Carbel Svendgaard (Cult Energy-Vital Water) +0:50
3. Michael Mørkøv (Tinkoff Saxo) s.t.
4. Rasmus Guldhammer (Team TreFor-Blue Water) s.t.
5. Martin Mortensen (Cult Energy-Vital Water) s.t.
6. Daniel Foder (Team TreFor-Blue Water) s.t.
7. Matti Breschel (Tinkoff Saxo) s.t.
8. Alexander Kamp (Christina Watches-Kuma) s.t.
9. Nicki Sørensen (Tinkoff Saxo) s.t.
10. Kasper Klostergaard (Riwal Cycling Team) s.t.

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2014 Danish National Time Trial Championship

This year’s Danish national championships commenced last night in the town of Faaborg.
Thursday is traditionally when all time trials are raced and this year was no different.

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The junior ladies kicked off the day, followed by women elite and junior men, finishing off the night with the elite men. New champion for the juniors is Niklas Larsen, the winner of the junior ladies time trail was Simone Eg and in the elite ladies’ championship it was a really close one where Julie Leth won with only 0,29 seconds.

2014 Danish TT Championship

This year held a clear favourite for the win among the men elite racers: last year’s first runner up Rasmus Quaade. The route took the riders 40 km in a loop around Faaborg on the island of Fyn. Quaade lived up to everyone’s expectations, even succeeding most, when he won the race with over a minute to second place surprise Chris Juul Jensen.

It is quite something to see Rasmus Quaade ride a time trial. He gives it his absolute all in his fight against the clock to the point where he can do nothing but fall off the bike after crossing the line. Having such a dedicated rider win a race is great to see and we couldn’t be happier for Quaade.

2014 Danish TT Championship

Results of the Danish men’s elite time trial championship:

1. Rasmus Quaade (Team TreFor-Blue Water) 50:36 min.
2. Christopher Juul Jensen (Tinkoff-Saxo) +1:10min
3. Michael Valgren Andersen (Tinkoff-Saxo) +1.17 min.
4. Lasse Bøchman (Cult Energy-Vital Water) +1.53min
5. Asbjørn Krag Andersen (Christina Watches-Kuma) +1.54min
6. Martin Toft Madsen (Bornholm Pro Cycling) +1.56min
7. Alex Rasmussen (Riwal Cycling Team) +2.00min
8. André Steensen (Cult Energy – Vital Water) +2.13min
9. Lars Carstensen (Bornholm Pro Cycling) +2.17min
10. Jimmi Sørensen (Christina Watches – Kuma) +2.27min

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2014 Fyen Rundt

Today the oldest race in Denmark took place for the 104th time – Fyen Rundt. The race was held the first time in 1894.

2014 Fyen Rundt

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The route for the Elite riders consisted of 180 km on the roads of Funen as well 3 small laps of 8,4 km in Odense. In total 207,1 km.

Riwal Cycling Team’s Kasper Klostergaard won the race and in addition to the overall victory he also won the “hill” competition.  He was in the long break of the day and won all the hill sprints, and with around 30 kms to go, he left his fellow companions from the break. It was Kasper Klostergaard’s first victory since 2008, so it was a really happy winner.

2014 Fyen Rundt

Fun fact of the day:

Yesterday Kasper Klostergaard finished a race in Poland together with some of his fellow team mates. They drove over 1000 km’s in car after the race to be ready for Fyen Rundt today.

Results:

1 Kasper Klostergaard – Riwal Cycling Team 4.47.57
2 Mads Pedersen – CULT Energy Vital Water 4.49.02
3 Mark Sehested Pedersen – Team TREFOR – Blue Water
4 Niklas Gustavsson – FireFighters Upsala CK
5 Anders Ekh – Team Argon 18 Scandinavia
6 Mathias Dam Westergaard – Team Designa Køkken – Knudsgaard 4.49.05
7 Anders Banke – Odder Cykel Klub 4.49.06
8 Jonas Aaen – Riwal Cycling Team 4.49.28
9 Rasmus Guldhammer Poulsen – Team TREFOR – Blue Water
10 Marcus Svensson – Team Argon 18 Scandinavia 4.49.50

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2014 Fyen Rundt

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