Top-ten at UCI ATB Trophy NorgGepubliceerd op: 10 maart 2013
Erik Groen finished ninth in the UCI Mountain Trophy in Norg. The second race for the Dutch Top competition was won by Henk Jaap Moorlag. In the women’s race the victory was, as expected, for Marianne Vos.
The front man of the Feenstra-Felt powered by Kenda bike team was content with his ranking in the top ten and praised about his Kenda Small Block Eight tires. ,, The tires were fine for this underground, I could almost put my Felt horizontal in the curves.'' In the third round he Groen had to let the first group go caused by a steering error of another rider. ,, If I could have positioned, now there was a gap in front of me so I got to let go. I am satisfied with my ninth place, but I want more.''
Just over a minute behind Groen defeated Ruben Scheire his teammate and compatriot Robby De Bock for the fight to place fourteen. Robbert de Nijs crashed in the in the beginning of the race. ,, It went well until I went too fast through a curve. My front wheel slipped away and the fall broke my saddle ring by which my saddle dropped.'' After mechanic Jan de Vries repaired the Felt of De Nijs he persecuted his race finishing around twentieth spot.
,,I have sat a good pace, the feeling was certainly good,'' said De Nijs. Roy Beukers is currently not in top shape and. ,, I do not know exactly what is going on, during the training sessions there seems to be no problem but in hard conditions I don’t feel OK. I've already checked my blood and I hope that what comes mandate'' said Beukers.
After the match the team left to Tecklenburg (Germany) for a training camp, which includes a downhill training.