Team TREFOR – Blue Water’s 2014 Team Presentation

Before this season the two Danish continental teams Team TREFOR and Blue Water Cycling decided to merge into one team under the name Team TREFOR – Blue Water, and today it was time for the team presentation.

The presentation was held this afternoon in the headquarters of TREFOR in Kolding.

2014 Team TREFOR - Blue Water Presentation

It was great to see quite a lot people considering the event was held in the afternoon.
We had a good time in Kolding having the riders presented aswell as hearing about what we can expect in the coming year.

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2014 Team TREFOR - Blue Water Presentation

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2014 Tour Down Under

The Santos Tour Down Under was on a week ago and Dancing On The Pedals fortunate enough to go to the final three stages.

2014 TDU

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It was somewhat strange being at a road race in January but our special foreign correspondent Lee took good care of us.
The racing was very good and the stages varied. The entire race is based in Adelaide, with all stages being near the city. That makes it very spectator friendly and meant lots of people came out to watch.

2014 TDU

The queen stage was on Saturday and saw the riders climb Willunga Hill twice. The hill was absolutely packed with fans who got an excellent show, as the GC contenders battled it out for the win. Richie Porte ended up taking the stage win while Simon Gerrans secured his overall win by besting Cadel Evans and taking the ochre jersey.

2014 TDU

We have enjoyed our time in sunny Australia, it was wonderful to have the road season started so soon and we even we got to hold a joey at the start line. Australians know how to make the sign ons special and we appreciated it very much.

Results:

Overall GC:
1.Simon Gerrans (OGE) (AUS) 19h57:35
2.Cadel Evans (BMC) (AUS) +1
3.Diego Ulissi (LAM) (ITA) +5

King of the Mountain jersey:
Adam Hansen (LBT) (AUS)

Sprint jersey:
Simon Gerrans (OGE) (AUS)

Best young rider jersey:
Jack Haigh (UNI) (AUS)

Most competitive rider:
Will Clarke (DPC) (AUS)

Best team:
Orica-GreenEdge

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2014 TDU

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2013 Danish National Madison Championship

The last track race of the year was the Danish Madison Championship on December 30.

2013 Danish Madison
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Michael Mørkøv and Alex Rasmussen were the favourites to win and they didn’t disappoint their fans as they took the title for a sixth time.

Results:
1. Michael Mørkøv/Alex Rasmussen 29 p.
2. Lasse Norman/Mathias Krigbaum 21 p.
3. Casper Folsach/Mathias Mølller 19 p.
4. Casper Pedersen/Daniel Hartvig 13
5. Jesper Mørkøv/Marc Hester 10 p.

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2013 International Madison

Ballerup Super Arena set the scene for this year’s international madison on December 7.

2013 International Madison in BSA
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Iljo Keisse was the biggest name of the night and he didn’t disappoint the spectators who’d braved the storm t come watch the cycling. Him and partner Marc Hester were unbeatable and took out the win without having to fight too hard.

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2013 Danish Bike Award

The 2013 Danish Bike Award show was held in Copenhagen tonight. It was a great night for everyone involved, with 12 awards being handed out and lots of entertainment along the way.

2013 Danish Bike Award

We did a couple of interviews that will be up later in the week. For now, check out the photos at our Flickr!

Winners:
2013 Club: Vejgaard Cykel Motion
2013 Amateur Rider: Niels-Ole Knoblach
2013 Track Cyclist: Amalie Dideriksen
2013 Road Cyclist: Jakob Fuglsang
2013 Profile: Magnus Cort
2013 Cycling Event: Copenhagen Gran Fondo
2013 Continental team: Team Cult Energy
Hall of fame: Henrik Elmgreen
2013 Time Trial Cyclist: Rasmus Quaade
2013 MTB Rider: Esben H. Kronborg & Erik Skovgaard Knudsen
2013 BMX Rider: Jack Christensen
2013 Domestique: Chris Anker Sørensen
2013 Talent: Malene Degn

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2013 Amsterdam 6 Daagse

The Amsterdam 6 Days kicked off the 6 Days season this week and what a great start!

2013 Amsterdam 6 Days - Day 6

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It was our first time at the Amsterdam velodrome and when we first entered it, we have to admit we were slightly underwhelmed. It’s not all that big, the track is 200 meters and there are 1250 seats. Our first night was Wednesday – the third day of the 6 days and not the most well visited one. However, as soon as the racing got started, we forgot our initial hesitation.

2013 Amsterdam 6 Days - Day 6

The 6 Days is something special, the atmosphere at the 6’s is always one of excitement and awe at the professional riders’ abilities and stamina. Everyone who turns up, be it seasoned fans, newcomers who’re just tagging along or amateur riders who’ve come to watch the pros, end up getting really into the racing and the show. By the end of the night, almost everyone is cheering although they don’t necessarily have a favourite team, they just want to be part of the great atmosphere and cheer on the riders who’ve been racing hard all night.

2013 Amsterdam 6 Days - Day 6

The Amsterdam 6 Days also has a mini and junior 6 Days as well as an UIV cup before the main event. Denmark was represented in the UIV Cup by Simon Bigum and Elias Helleskov Busk who made a valiant effort and ended up taking third place.

2013 Amsterdam 6 Days - Day 6

During the actual 6 Days, the riders have a chance to relax and recharge while the keirin and sprint riders do their thing. One of the most amazing things about the sprinters is seeing them do track stands and just watching in complete amazement while they manage to stand almost completely still for what seems like minutes sometimes. There were some really strong riders and the crowd loved them, as did we.

2013 Amsterdam 6 Days - Day 6

Although we often go to races in official capacity, we’re also fans of this amazing sport so we do take time to cheer for riders when we can. When you see as great racing as these guys put up, it’s impossible not to applaud and yell out in encouragement every now and then. We even managed to make a few signs the last night as there was no wifi in the velodrome and we needed something to do after arriving more than an hour early. While we do sometimes have riders we favour at races, we mostly cheer for whoever puts in a good effort, meaning we ended up with about four signs, much to the amusement of the people next to us who took to cheering for whoever was on the sign we held up.

2013 Amsterdam 6 Days - Day 6

The 6 Daagse was a really hard race, the riders really seemed to go deep every night and it was fantastic to watch. The standing was fairly close the entire race and the GC was only decided in the last couple of minutes when Kenny de Ketele and Gijs van Hoecke managed to take a double lap in the final madison and ended up taking home a well deserved win.

2013 Amsterdam 6 Days - Day 6

The peloton in Amsterdam was really good and well put together which the GC reflected throughout the race. Only Dane in the mix was Marc Hester who was partnered up with Swiss Tristan Marguet. They managed to beat the 6 Days track record for the two lap time trial although they didn’t beat the all time track record but instead missed it by a mere 0.005 seconds.

2013 Amsterdam 6 Days - Day 6

We’ve loved our time at Sloten Velodrome, it’s been great way to start the track season, and we’ve enjoyed the racing as well as catching up with riders and their crew. We hope to see some of them again this winter but for the foreseeable future, the next races for us at Dancing On The Pedals are at the track at Ballerup Super Arena outside of Copenhagen.

The final GC:

1. Kenny de Ketele – Gijs Van Hoecke: 0 laps, 282 points
2. Leif Lampater – Raymond Kreder: 0 laps, 245 points
3. Jens Mouris – Wim Stroetinga: +1 lap, 255 points
4. Pim Ligthart – Marcel Kalz: +1 lap, 226 points
5. Nick Stöpler – Yoeri Havik: +3 laps, 243 points
6. Tristan Marguet – Marc Hester: + 7 laps, 194 points
7. Barry Markus – Robert Bartko: +8 laps, 44 points
8. Jiri Hochmann – Vojitech Hacecky: +11 laps, 135 points
9. Melvin Boskamp – Jesper Asselman: +12 laps, 134 points
10. Wesley Kreder – Nolan Hoffmann: +15 laps, 114 points
11. Aaron Gate – Luke Roberts: +18 laps, 92 points
12. Didier Caspers – Melvin van Zijl: +21 laps, 33 points
13. Guy East – Daniel Holloway: +27 laps, 33 points

All results can be found at the official website

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2013 Amsterdam 6 Days - Day 6

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2013 Amsterdam 6 Daagse – Day 5

2013 Amsterdam 6 Days - Day 5

Photos from the 5th day of the Amsterdam 6 Days race are now up!

2013 Amsterdam 6 Days - Day 5

Results from the race can be found on the 6 Daagse website.

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