The first round of the UCI World Cup Trials of the season in Aalter, Belgium got off to a flying start yesterday evening. In front of a boisterous crowd Dutchman Rick Koekoek, 30, beat his own Guinness World Record setting a new best ever of 1,44 m in the bunnyhop.
Rick Koekoek’s previous Guinness World record of 1,43 m had stood since the 9th of August 2014 and was achieved at Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle, in Lond on. Initially it looked like a new world record was not to be expected with the event taking place so early in the season when riders are far from their peak form. The cool evening temperature had been less than favourable too. “The enthusiastic Aalter crowd definitely pushed the riders to give it their best shot,” said event promoter Enter-Bike’s Fien Lammertyn. “We’re proud that Rick pulled off his massive 1,44 m jump here in Aalter! It’s the best start we could have hoped for a great weekend of biketrial riding.”
Rick Koekoek: “I’m super stoked with this new world record! Especially because it came so unexpected. It’s still so early in the competition season that I’m currently nowhere near my best shape. Awesome to get going like this for the weekend, now my focus moves to the UCI World Cup tomorrow.”