Rick Koekoek jumps to world record in Aalter!

Rick Koekoek jumps to world record in Aalter!


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.

With three riders out of the top five of the UCI 20” ranking, the high jump contest at the iconic Aalter square ‘kiosk’ brought together some serious talent. Benito Ros and Dominik Oswald reached the later stages of the event. Multiple 20” world champion Ros made it to 1 m 37 but the powerful Koekoek was clearly the strongest!

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.”

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De openingswedstrijd van de UCI World Cup Trials in het Belgische Aalter nam gisterenavond een vliegende start. Voor een luidruchtig publiek verbeterde de Nederlander Rick Koekoek (30) z’n eigen Guinness World Record. De Drentse trialbiker ging met zijn fiets over 1 m 44.