2022 Day 4 and 5 of the 14th Annual 5-Day Annual SUP 11-City Tour￼
Dokkum to Leeuwarden
Day 4 already has been ticked off. The athletes paddled from Franeker to Dokkum. The first start of the day took place at 8:30 and the last athletes left Franeker at 9:25. The weather forecast of this day wasn’t any better than the day before. The wind blew with 20 knots, making it hard for the athletes to paddle with good pace. When in Wier, the athletes had another obstacle. They had to ‘klun’ their way to continue their journey. ‘Klunen’ is getting of the water and carrying your board over land, all the way to the other side of the water and then hopping back on to the board and keep on paddling. ‘Klunen’ is a tough job to do, but Tanja Ecker even managed to take a sprint with her board in her hand. As usual the resting place, this time in Oude Lije, was one big party regardless of the rain. Thankfully, we were also blessed with some sunshine during the day as the athletes all finished in Dokkum.
Since it was Saturday evening, traditionally the crew of the SUP 11-City Tour went into town to blow of some steam. The crew danced the night away and Dokkum stayed restless until early in the morning. While many heads just touched a pillow, the first alarm clocks sounded on It Beaken. So, rise and shine for the crew.
Today was already the last day of the 14th edition of the Annual 5-Day SUP 11-City Tour. The last stage of the tour was only 28 kilometers from Dokkum to Leeuwarden. Since this is the shortest stage of the entire tour, and the finish will be the grand finish of the entire 5-Day SUP 11-City Tour, many people decided to only paddle this stage. This meant that today we more or less had an additional 50 athletes on the water. That summed up to a total of 201 athletes on the water today. On their way, the athletes paddled through Burdaard and passed one of many typical windmills. Flying through Bartlehiem the competitive athletes picked up pace since today they also were a time trial. For the Tour athletes there was a resting place in Aldtsjerk.
Meanwhile the SUP 11 village arrived back home at the Prinsentuin in Leeuwarden to cheer the athletes over the finish line. Marije Elgersma honored the athletes who finished and gave them their well-deserved Elfstedenkruisje or Medaille. Beers of Lowlander and lots of good food were there for the athletes to enjoy after this amazing achievement. After all the athletes have finished, it was time for the award ceremony. Not only our proud number’s one, two and three of different competitive categories were rewarded but also some admirable achievements and moments were highlighted. Including our youngest contender Maximus Waterman with only 13 years paddled his first 11-City Tour. Rembrandt Joosten completed his 11-City Tour by only paddling on one side. Since he has had an accident leaving him with less function in one hand and also only having one lung as well as an artificial hip and knee. We’ve also had multiple athletes who paddled the NON-Stop and the 5-Day back-to-back. Crazy right?! And on top of all this greatness Bruno Hasulyo won his 5th SUP 11-City Tour.
A special moment took place at the resting stop in Stavoren. A textbook example off the effect that a support team can have on an athlete was shown when Chad Thieken was ready to give in and give up his tour. But our crewmember Jaimy de Linde stepped in and gave the best pep talk ever, leaving Chad motivated to continue his 11-City Tour. Also, a special moment having the founder of the SUP 11-City Tour, Anne-Marie Reichman Totah paddling along. Also worth mentioning is that Tineke Merkus earned her 8th Elfstedenkruisje.
That is a wrap people!
It was a windy, rainy but wonderful edition this year. We want to thank all our sponsors, volunteers, and athletes. Without you guys, is wouldn’t be a success.
Race results 18.09.22
- Bruno Hasulyo 22 hrs 10 min 22 sec
- Joep van Bakel 22 hrs 27 min 27 sec
- Ricardo Haverschmidt 23 hrs 44 min 31 sec
- Michiel Keesmakers 24 hrs 04 min 06 sec
- Jochum Steur 24 hrs 22 min 02 sec
- Andrej Spelic 24 hrs 24 min 04 sec
- Gunther de Bin 25 hrs 02 min 19 sec
- Pascal Bleys 25 hrs 10 min 42 sec
- Peter Mülhauser 25 hrs 34 min 38 sec
- Tanja Ecker 26 hrs 02 min 52 sec
- Petronella van Malsen 26 hrs 11 min 48 sec
- Nicoline Rasmussen 27 hrs 06 min 10 sec
- Hanneke de Jong 28 hrs 41 min 31 sec
- Annelies Loots 30 hrs 06 min 43 sec
- Emma Adams 34 hrs 09 min 58 sec
- Tineke Merkus 28 hrs 15 min 33 sec
- Marion Behrens 28 hrs 49 min 49 sec
- Dorthe Nielsen 29 hrs 06 min 54 sec