Over the weekend I had the pleasure of representing RaboPlus, not as a competitor but as the principal sponsorship partner for BikeNZ, at the RaboPlus South Island Downhill Cup in Blenheim. My boss Gert Bouwman (Global Head - International Direct Banks) and Hermen de Groot (Head of Sales & Marketing - International Direct Banks) were both out from the Netherlands so it was great to be able to give them some firsthand exposure to the sport of downhill racing.
It’s amazing when you see these guys and girls, some over the age of 40 and others under 15 I might add, blasting down the most incredible track/course in the middle of a forest!
Gert and Hermen obviously don’t get the opportunity to see the same thing back home, and even gained more respect for the competitors when the race was over and we walked down the course to get to the bottom in time for the prize-giving (I took a number of photos and some video so I’ll post that in the coming days).
Cycling really is top of mind at the moment – for me personally; as sponsors of BikeNZ; and following our ProTeam compete in the Amgen Tour of California.
I’ve decided to take my mountain bike, albeit probably 15 years old so very heavy and lacking in comfort, out of retirement and have started to prepare for the RaboPlus Big Coast event here in Wellington next month – training so far is going well, even if I do say so myself. Plus I’ve been watching our ProTeam in the Agmen Tour of California – as always online provides great coverage! As I write this, the Rabobank team are currently sitting in 5th place overall and Robert Gesink is the 7th placed individual.