RECAP: Bruno and Joep go toe to toe on the time trial (11 Cities – Day Three)

In brief: Bruno Hasulyo added another minute and a half to his 10-minute lead after a great arm wrestle with Joep van Bakel during the individual time trial on day three of the SUP11-City Tour. The two front-runners set a cracking pace as light winds made for easy paddling conditions. The duo paddled side-by-side after the break to finish before a sprint to the finish saw Bruno get yet another stage win by less than a board length.

Mild weather and a merciful lack of rain once again greeted paddlers on “hump day” of the 12th Annual 11 Cities, which took the flotilla from the west Frisian “city” of Workum up north to the finish line in Franeker.

Petronella van Malsen was once again too strong for Germany’s Tanja Ecker and local lass Wietske Kuipers to tighten Team Mistral’s grip on the title.

For the top paddlers, day three was split between the 12km time trial followed by a standard 29km group stage to Franeker (the bulk of the paddlers completed the 41km voyage as a standard stage).

Results from stage three (time trial results not included — we’ll post those separately in the morning)

RECAP: Bruno Hasulyo, Petronella van Malsen cement leads on scenic second stage of 11-City Tour

After two stages and almost 100km of rollercoaster weather in the Dutch province of Friesland, Bruno Hasulyo has cemented his lead in the 12th Annual SUP11-City Tour as he vies for a record-equaling fourth title. Bruno paddled side-by-side with his main rival, Joep van Bakel, on a beautiful second stage to protect his 10-minute advantage from day one. The two main contenders crossed the line tied for the stage win after 4 hours, 49 minutes and 45km of flat water paddling. Swiss darkhorse Alain Luck was third once again.

Home-nation hero Petronella van Malsen once again saluted in the women’s division, gaining an extra nine minutes on Germany’s Tanja Ecker to give Team Mistral a near-unbeatable edge of 14 minutes overall. Petronella crossed the line after 5 hours and 25 minutes.   → READ MORE

RECAP: Bruno Hasulyo and Petronella van Malsen reign in rough conditions on opening day of 11-City Tour ⛈️

In brief: Bruno Hasulyo has thrown down the gauntlet in his quest for a 4th 11 Cities title, an achievement that would put him on par with Bart de Zwart as the most successful athlete in the event’s illustrious, 12-year history. Bruno outpaced the dangerous Dutchman Joep van Bakel in today’s opening stage from Leeuwarden to Sloten. Swiss darkhorse Alain Luck finished third not too far off the pace. Petronella van Malsen dominated the women’s field.   → READ MORE