The Cauberg, the Keutenberg, the Fromberg and the infamous Eyserbosweg. Many Amstel Gold Race contestants (and fans) know the peaks in the Dutch mountains by heart (or legs!).
Climbing with your head!
BPM, ERP, BI, SOA, SAAS and… the Cloud. Very common words when working in the IT industry but on May 20th, 2011 barely remembered. Former professional cyclist Aart Vierhouten (3x Tour de France, 5x Giro d’Italia) expressed it so delicately; today it’s all about climbing! And professionals climb with their head. For all contestants of the 1st ICT Leaders Cycling Challenge there was no brainpower to waste on ICT issues and solutions this day.
A large group of 50 sportive ICT leaders from supply as well as demand side of the Dutch ICT market participated in the first edition of what was quickly rebranded to the official CIOnet ICT Leaders Cycling Challenge 2011!
This event, initiated by CIOnet and Quint Wellington Redwood while organized by MIR Sportmarketing, used the legendary Hotel Rooding (aka the Mekka of cycling) in Valkenburg as the comfortable basecamp and starting hub in to the Mergelland.
The Friday morning on the 20th started early with a briefing by Meesterknecht Aart Vierhouten. A 45 minutes lecture on climbing, descending, stoempen and lossen; not a single detail was forgotten to get everyone prepared to the bone to allow everyone to break his or her personal record in the hills of Limburg.
The feedback was unanimously positive; the event gave everyone the opportunity to network while cycling (or cycle while networking) while learning from the profs on the job!
This first edition of the ICT Leaders Cycling Challenge 2011 was gratefully sponsored by Software Improvement Group (SIG), Microsoft, CSC and Quint Wellington Redwood.
Relive the day and feel the exitement of this unique CIOnet social event continuing using the links:
- Video report
- Pictures (nieuwe link 8 juni 2011)
- Individual results of the Cauberg trial
And for those of you that are interested, the winners in the different groups were:
Group 1 – Pro
1. Richard Advocaat – 1.59.97
2. Remy Zaagman – 2.20.23
3. Dick Waverveen – 2.20.47
Groep 2 – Semi Pro
1. Jos Jansen – 2.45.63
2. Erik ten Boone – 3.17.79
3. Armand Bloem – 3.18.41
Groep 3 – First timers
1. Ab Brink – 4.43.11
2. Jeroen Kleinhoven – 4.49.16
3. Jeffrey May – 5.57.47
After this exhaustive remarkable tour at the peaks of Limburg we can already confirm that we will organize a next edition of the ICT Leaders Cycling Challenge 2012!! Please contact Jeroen Kleinhoven on partnership packages.