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NK 2013 Kerkrade

 NK 2013 Kerkrade - Personal Report from Mike Terpstra

Personal Report from Mike Terpstra

For the Dutch championship cycling for pro's I slept with the Dutch riders of our Benelux team in a hotel right across the border, in Germany. On Saturday Joop de Gans, Micheal Vingerling, Wouter Wippert and I did a nice recovery-ride on the hard track. In 2012 I have rode on the same track the championship so I knew what was coming: A day with a lot of pain.

With our sportdirector David Philips and his crew we had a nice dinner. On Sunday we woke up at 07:00 for a breakfast with pasta. On 10:30 we finally started! I felt good, but against riders of the Worldtour you know it is gonna be hard to finish the race. On the track of 10,6 km, there were four little climbs and 28 corners. In total the race counted 22 laps: 230 kilometers!

In the first lap Lieuwe Westra was attacking hard. The riders of Team3M were in the peloton, waiting for the final. It became a elimination-race. After 140 kilometer Joop de Gans dropped of with an injury. At the front Micheal Vingerling was leading the peloton, chasing for – meanwhile - four leaders. Michael did a great job for me and Wouter Wippert. Michael worked until Blanco (now Belkin) took over. After that he stepped out. Only Lieuwe Westra survived as the leader until the final phase of the race. After 170 kilometer, with still 50 to go, Wouter Wippert couldn't follow anymore. It wasn’t the perfect track for a sprinter like Wouter. Next year will be better for him, when the championship will be in his backyard in Twente.

NK 2013 - Mike Terpstra in action
Photography Ron Hoenson - alphenphoto.nl

The peloton was totally broken. After 190 kilometers the peloton was split up in serveral groups. I fought to stay in the front. With three laps to go I came in a group with Laurens Ten Dam, Wouter Mol and Sjoerd Kouwenhoven.

With one lap to go our group was riding for the 13th place. But Sjoerd Kouwenhoven and I were the first non-Worldtour riders. Kouwenhoven attacked before the steep climb of 'het Duivelsbosch'. Without any luck, because I could close the gap fast. On the finishline we sprinted for the remaining honourful places. I did finish 16th and became first non-Worldtourrider in the Dutch championship.

The Dutch Championship: It was a important goals for me this season. Without many multiplestage-races I have trained really hard on the South of Holland (Limburg) with Wouter Wippert. With the 4th place of Wouter in Halle-Ingooigem and my good result in the championship Team3M can look back at a great week.

NK 2013 - Mike Terpstra after the race
Photography Ron Hoenson - alphenphoto.nl