The Registration for EHC Louny is Open Now
The EHF is going to celebrate its 100th race in Louny on 29th June. The traditional event in Louny is an integral part of the EHC since 2003. Don't miss this great event!
The Club Esportiu HandBike Barcelona will organise an individual time trial and a road race on 5th and 6th of October. The race venue will be at the Olympic Rowing Center in Castelldefels. The invitation is still under preparation and will be published within the next months. For the overall ranking in 2013 five of seven races will count.
The 98th EHC race was held under rain with low temperatures near 0 degrees. In the class MH3 a large field of 10 riders was able to break away. After a quick race and some attacks the medals were distributed in the finish sprint. The French rider Joel Jeannot won ahead Torsten Purschke (GER) and Arkadiusz Skrzypinski (POL).
After 4 laps the leading group of class MH2 was already reduced to 6 riders. At the finish the Belgian rider Jean-François Deberg attacked his opponents with a furious sprint and won a great victory over David Franek (FRA) and Walter Ablinger (AUT).
In the MH1.2 race no rider was able to break away from the peleton. The young Swiss rider Tobias Fankhauser had the best finish sprint. The other podest places were allocated to Patrick Pascal (FRA) and Rodolph Cecillon (FRA).
Other winners of the day:
Davide Giozet (ITA) - MH1.1; Tim de Vries (NED) – MH4; Joel WEINGUT (GER) – MHO; Monica Borelli (ITA) – WH1; Karen Darke (GBR) – WH2; Sandra Graf (SUI) – WH3; Janette JANSEN (NED) - WH4.
The Valentine Sayer Challenge – a 6km race for kids and youngsters – included 15 young people from 4 nations this year. The winner was Benjamin Kaspar from Austria.
Invacare signs lead sponsorship agreement with European Handcycling Federation (EHF)
Invacare is delighted to announce the signing of an agreement to become the new lead sponsor of the European Handbike Circuit (EHC), the world’s largest handcycle competition series, held by the European Handcycling Federation (EHF). Invacare already sponsors a number of different sports, such as powerchair football, and is pleased to again show its commitment to supporting sports that give individuals with disabilities the opportunity to excel.
Come and join us for the opening race of the 2013 European Handbike Circuit in Rosenau, France, on Saturday 30. March, where Team Invacare athletes will compete!
Invacare® Top End® Director Chris Peterson, a competitive handcyclist in the knee-sit division, will also compete at Rosenau at the end of March. Chris is one of the original founders of Top End® and is the principle designer of Invacare® Top End® sports products. He gets his insights and inspiration from listening to athletes and discovering ways to make Top End® products faster, better, and stronger. Following the announcement of the partnership with EHF, Chris commented: “Creating this partnership with EHF is evidence of our commitment to handcycling as a serious sport. We promote handcycling to encourage an active lifestyle and we are privileged to partner with the EHF.”
EHF President Roberto Rancillo stated: “We have been working for several years to grow the handcycle movement and I think the achievements today are evidence of the great efforts done by all the Board members. We are delighted to have Invacare® Top End® associated with our sport. They lead the way as one of the innovators of equipment and technology in this field, and having Invacare’s ambition and expertise behind our sport will reap benefits for everyone. I'm sure the partnership between EHF and Invacare will enable us to improve what has been done so far”
Invacare is the world’s leading home and long-term care medical products company. Our “Yes, you can.®” mission is to aid users’ recovery and to enable active lifestyles thanks to the design, manufacture and distribution of a wide range of innovative, safe and high-quality medical equipment. Invacare’s support of Handcycling showcases every aspect of Invacare’s brand promise of Making Life’s Experiences PossibleTM by way of the world’s leading highly active, and sport brands.
Safety, comfort and performance are distinguishing characteristics of all of Invacare® Top End® competitive handcyles. Whether you are a beginner, or compete as a top professional athlete and wish to improve your results, an Invacare® Top End® Force Series® Handcycle is the best way to go!
Human Tecar and EHC confirm their partnership for 2013!!
After the successful partnership last year, Human Tecar and EHF confirm the cooperation in the 2013 too, so the physiotherapy service will be made available free of charge to all participating athletes, at the appropriate area that will be set up at the Sponsor village in the immediate vicinity of the competition venues.
Human Tecar® has been developed in the context of high level professional sports where it is essential to speed up the period of recovery. Sport is an important test in the development of a methodology, based on an innovative combination of technologies, manual techniques, and functional products to shorten significantly rehabilitation programs and to favor a more rapid muscle recovery, which is more and more used worldwide by athletes, teams and sports federations. Its potentials have now spread to many areas of medicine which represents a real revolution in the field of physiotherapy and sports medicine, as it is able to stimulate in-depth, selectively and in a non-invasive way the different types of tissues, increasing the activity of the normal reparative and anti-inflammatory processes.
Validated by many scientific studies developed in collaboration with the main university centers, it is partner of Italian Paralympic Committee, successfully used in a wide range of sport disciplines and it is officially adopted by hundreds of teams and federations around the world.
Human Tecar® physiotherapy service will be available during the tournament.
The EHC 2013 Gadget !!
Approaching the first race of this season, it is time to announce the new gadget!
Following the way we took some years ago, we worked with a partner to find out a new and qualitative gadget, that represents what we have in mind looking to "our" riders.
We selected the italian company SELEV, one of the most important helmets and eyeglasses producer, and we worked side by side to develop a kind of sunglasses, focused on a specific use during handbike races; and we are now really proud to reveal the result !!!
The "EHC 2013 gadget package" includes an exclusive design, customized sunglass frame, with EHC colors and decoration, two pairs of interchangeable lenses, and a smooth bag.
As usual, you will find the new gadget at the first EHC stage, in Rosenau the next 30. March.
SELEV will be one of the official "EHC 2013 Partner" and will be present with a booth at the venue in most of the stages this year.
So, don't forget to register to Rosenau, to take part to the fastest race in Europe and to be sure to catch the EHC gadget!!
The registration of the EHC event in Rosenau is closed. A huge number of 199 athletes from 22 nations will start into EHC’s 13th season. Have a look at the final startlist.
Winners of the EHC 2012:
MH1.1 Andreas Kiemes (GER)
WH1 Monica Borelli (ITA)
MH1.2 Wolfgang Schattauer (AUT)
WH2 Francesca Fenocchio (ITA)
MH2 David Franek (FRA)
WH3 Claudia Mollo (GER)
MH3 Rafal Wilk (POL)
WH4 Andrea Eskau (GER)
MH4 Cédric Kuster (SUI)
WHO Nadine Gallenbach (GER)
MHO Joel Weingut (GER)
Winners of the U23 Category 2012:
MH1.1 Benjamin Früh (SUI)
MH3 Mathieu Bosredon (FRA)
MHO Joel Weingut (GER)
MH1.2 Reto Wittwer (SUI)
MH4 Cédric Kuster (SUI)
The registration for the EHC Event in Lobbach is closed. There are 121 athletes registered.
The online registration for the EHC event in Lobbach is open now. The registration deadline is on 20. July 2012. Lobbach will be the final stage of the Europen Handbike Circuit 2012.
The registration for the EHC Event in Louny is closed. There are 92 athletes registered.
It took much longer time than expected, but our friends in Al-Ain are now ready to keep their promises. The Al-Ain event organization is regretting the delay of payment which was caused due to a complicated procedure which they had with several financial departments. The total amount of flight tickets reimbursement will be soon on the account of the European Handcycling Federation. As soon as the money is on the EHF account I am going to start with the individual money transfers. All involved athletes will be informed and also asked to send me their bank details (BIC + IBAN).
Christian Peter – EHF treasurer
The online registration for the EHC events in Fossano is open now. The registration deadline is on 24. June 2012.
EHC Overall Ranking after 3 stages
The current leaders are Davide Giozet (MH1.1), Koby Lion (MH1.2), David Franek (MH2), Rafal Wilk (MH3), Cedric Kuster (MH4), Chris Peterson (MHO), Monica Borelli (WH1), Ursula Schwaller (WH2), Sandra Graf (WH3), Andrea Eskau (WH4) and Nadine Gallenbach (WHO).
All results you will find here
The results of the EHC events in Knutwil and Schenkon are online
Classification of Athletes on the Occasion of the Louny EHC Event
Kees van Breukelen, the official EHC classifier, is going to offer a national classification on Friday 29. 6. in the evening and on Saturday 30. 6. in the morning.
Classification charge: 15 Euros
This classification is valid for all EHC races, UCI P1 races and national championships. All athletes who have not yet been classified and intend to start at their national championships or at UCI P1 races should take the opportunity to get their classification certificate.
If you want to make use of the classification please send an email to email@example.com
The classification schedule will be regularly updated. Each classification will last about 25 minutes.
The online registration for the EHC events in Louny is open now. The registration deadline is on 18. June 2012.
The online registration for the EHC races in Knutwil and Schenkon is closed.
The list of entries you find here
The registration for the EHC Event in Rosenau is closed. The entries limit of 200 athletes has been reached
The online registration for the EHC events in Knutwil and Schenkon is open now. The registration deadline is on 10. April 2012.
EHC RACES in Al-Ain cancelled !
we have been in contact today with the police and the municipality as last attempt from our side to find a solution for our race itinerary but it seems that things are getting harder and more complicated. So we discussed this issue with our headquarter in ZHO and internally in the club and we came to the hard decision of cancelling the race this year better than accepting risky itineraries with very low standards and disappointing to our athletes, officials, media and observers, and that will also harm the image and reputation of the EHC.
We kindly request those who already registered in the race to cancel their bookings. Our organizing committee will assume the responsibility of reimbursing any fees related to the tickets cancellation after receiving the invoices from the travel agents of those who already bought
On behalf of the LOC, I would like to express our deep sadness and disapointment of losing this great opportunity of hosting the first race of the EHC in 2012 in Al Ain, and we will keep working very hard to make this happen in the future with more guarantees and commitment from the city Council and the police. Thank you very much for your understanding.
For any further information the athletes are required to contact the organizers on: firstname.lastname@example.org
With my kindest regards
LOC Al Ain
The online registration for the EHC event in Rosenau (France) is open now
Dear Sports Friends
The Al-Ain EHC Organizing Committee invites you to participate in the 3rd edition of this exclusive event. After the big success achieved in 2009 and 2010 races we invite you all to take part of our races and achieve your best performance in our warm and lovely oasis located in the heart of the desert of United Arab Emirates. You can start your preparation to London from Al-Ain! So hurry up! We promise you to make your stay between us unforgettable and hope to hear from you soon and we wish to receive your entries ASAP in order to make your bookings and arrange your program if you wish to make your training camp in our city, we can help you in booking your accommodation and arrange for you free escort by the local police when training on the road. For delegation members who need entry visa to UAE, please send us a photo with passport copy so we can issue the entry visa sooner.
The accomodation will be at Hilton Hotel with a special offer for our guests. The Al-Ain EHC Organizing Committee will support the first 100 athletes registered in the races with 3 free nights (from 1st to 4th of March) + food and local transportation (only the athletes will be hosted for free not the escorts). The full board rates for escorts or for additional days are 400 UAE Dh per person/night in a double room and 700 UAE Dh in a single room (100 Dirham is about 21 Euros).
For any further information the athletes are required to contact the organizers on: email@example.com
The registration deadline for the races and for the training camp is on 15. February 2012. Registration after the deadline will not be accepted.
With our best regards and wishing to all of you
The AL-Ain EHC Meeting Organizing Committee
Link to the EHC Online Registration Service
The 2012 EHC race calendar is online. In 2012 there will be 6 stages and 10 races. After one year break our Arab friends will host again the first EHC event in Al Ain at the beginning of March. The other stages are Rosenau (FRA), Knutwil/Schenkon (SUI), Louny (CZE), Fossano (ITA) and finally Lobbach (GER).
The online registration will start soon
UCI has published an update of the Para-cycling rules
The European Handbike Circuit 2011 is over and the official results are available now. Thank you for participating and congratulation to all winners. Planning for next year's Circuit will start soon and information should be available at end of November.
Winner of the EHC 2011:
MH1.1 Andreas Kiemes
WH1 Roberta Amadeo
MH1.2 Wolfgang Schattauer
WH2 Kerstin Abele
MH2 Walter Ablinger
WH3 Theres Huser
MH3 Vico Merklein
WH4 Andrea Eskau
MH4 Norbert Mosandl
WHO Nadine Gallenbach
MHO Chris Peterson
Results of the final EHC stage Parabiago are online in the EHC-Results 2011 section
Rancilio Cup Parabiago - Opening Ceremony
600 children were the stars during the Opening Cereminy with a parade representing all the 149 registered athletes and the 19 Countries.
Results of EHC Lobbach are online in the EHC-Results 2011 section
The online registration for the EHC Final / UCI P1 event in Parabiago (Italy) is open now.
Notice: Italian athletes have to register via Italian Cycling Federation website.
Results of EHC Louny are online in the EHC-Results 2011 section
The online registration for the EHC / UCI P1 event in Lobbach (Germany) is open now
Results of EHC Recherswil and Oensingen are online in the EHC-Results 2011 section
The online registration for the EHC / UCI P1 event in Louny (Czech Republic) is open now
Results of EHC Rosenau are online in the EHC-Results 2011 section
Classification of Athletes on the Occasion of the Rosenau EHC Event
Jürgen Schmid, Head of Classification of UCI Para-cycling, is going to offer a national classification on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd of April.
Classification charge: 35 Euros
This classification is valid for all UCI P1 races and national championships. All athletes who have not yet been classified and intend to start at their national championships or on further UCI P1 races should take the opportunity to get their classification certificate.
The schedule of the classification session will depend on the number of interested athletes. Each classification will last about 20 minutes.
Record Registrations Already for EHC Event Rosenau
One month before the EHC event Rosenau (FRA) is looking set to be another great success with athletes registration numbers reaching new world record already. More than 180 athletes will be expected! Have a look at the startlist
The online registration for the EHC / UCI P1 events in Recherswil and Oensingen (Switzerland) is open now
UCI has published the update of the Para-cycling rules
The EHC event in Kent unfortunately has to be cancelled. In spite of all efforts made, the organization was unable to find sufficient funding for the event. The reduced 2011 EHC calendar has 8 races (only the best 6 races will count for the overall ranking at the end of the season).
The online registration for the EHC / UCI P1 event in Rosenau (France) is open now
At the weekend from November 5th to 7th the European Handcycling Federation held their 31. General Meeting in Parabiago. Under the guidence of chairperson President Roberto Rancilio the Committee discussed various matters concerning the federation's future undertakings and activities as well as financial and administrative matters. The meeting was attended by representatives of 10 member countries and included reports of the EHC events held in 2010. One topic was the 2011 EHC race calendar.
EHC 2010 overall ranking is online. Many thanks to all the athletes from around the world for participating at the 2010 European Handbike Circuit and congratulation to all the winners. The EHF Committee is looking forward to seeing you again next year on the circuit. The 2011 EHC calendar will be online in November.
Results of EHC Colmar-Berg are online in the EHC-Results 2010 section
ATTENTION: New start time for the EHC time trial in Colmar-Berg. The time trial has been delayed from 11:00 to 13:30. The road race of the tricycles will start at 16:00.
Fowlmead - Race Report
Over the weekend of 4th and 5th September 2010 Kent hosted the first P1 status Road Race event ever to be held in the UK at Fowlmead County Park, near Deal. A strong field of athletes from Europe and the USA, including current World and Paralympic Champions, took part in a series of Road Races on the Saturday and Time Trials on the Sunday. The meeting was sanctioned as a P1 event by the UCI and included the British Para-cycling Time Trial Championship as well as the 2010 UK stage of the EHC race series. During the weekend the weather was generally fine, but there was a consistent breeze, which made racing conditions very challenging for all competitors. The principal race organisers from Kent County Council (Kent Sport, Leisure and Olympics) worked in partnership with Eurotunnel, Fowlmead Country Park, British Cycling, HandcyclingUK and Vista Leisure to provide the very best event possible.
There were notable wins for Great Britain including Crystal Lane who won both the C1- C5 Road Race by over 8 minutes and the Time Trial on Sunday, Rik Waddon who won both the C1-C3 Road Race and Time Trial, picking up the British Para-cycling Time Trial Championship Winners Jersey, and Rachel Morris who also won 2 trophies in the WH1-WH3 Road Race and Time Trial, again winning the National Time Trial Championship Winner's Jersey. Oscar Sanchez from the USA was another double winner as he convincingly powered away from the field in the MH4 Road Race and Time Trial. In total there were 84 riders representing all of the Para-cycling competitive classifications. Of these riders 52 were handcyclists, representing 14 different nationalities. In addition to the winners mentioned above, there were victories in the Road Races for Torsten Purschke (GER - MH3), Tobias Kneccht (GER - MH2) and Mark Rohan (IRL - MH1). In the Time Trials Karen Darke (GBR) convincingly won in the WH2 class, Torsten Purschke won the MH3 Time Trial and Walter Ablinger of Austria proved victorious in the MH2 Time Trial finishing only 1 second ahead of Tobias Knecht in very difficult and testing conditions.
During the weekend more than 1,000 people visited the purpose-built cycling track and witnessed the cycling whilst also attending the Family Fun Day on the Sunday, which included dance displays from local cheerleading group The Vista Twisters, opportunities to try their hand at circus skills, archery and a 500 metre sprint on the WattBikes provided by British Cycling. The Paralympic Mascot Mandeville was also in attendance and proved popular for photographs with children, adults and some of the athletes!
Results of EHC Fowlmead are online in the EHC-Results 2010 section
The registration for EHC /UCI P1 event in Colmar-Berg (Luxembourg) is open now
Results of EHC Louny are online in the EHC-Results 2010 section
The registration for EHC Fowlmead (Kent/England) is open now
Kent Sport, Leisure and Olympics Service has attracted the first P1 status Road Race event in the UK. Hosted at Fowlmead Country Park near Dover, Kent the event will run over the weekend of September 4th and 5th 2010.
This event builds on past successes, Kent having hosted a number of national and international Para-cycling events in recent years.
This is a high class event which will attract high level teams from around the world.
The Handcycle races are part of the European Handbike Circuit. As part of the event a National Disability Time Trial Championship will also take place.
Kent Sport Leisure and Olympics will work in partnership with British Cycling, Handcycling UK and the South East Road Race League in order to to provide the very best event possible.
The event will promote the County worldwide for tourism, economic links and as a venue for future major events beyond the London 2012 Games.
Registration for the event closes on August 4th 2010.
You will also be able to book accommodation via the above link.
More information about transport and accomodation on the event website
Results of EHC Grafendorf are online in the EHC-Results 2010 section
The registration for EHC /UCI P1 event in Louny/Czech Republic is open now
EHC Time Trial at Schenkon
Despite the heavy rain and chilly temperatures the race was a huge success. The EHC event drew a huge number of 129 athletes which is a new world record for a time trial. Not less than 4 new winners entered the EHC list of winners the first time: MH4 - Alessandro Zanardi (ITA), MH1.2. - Martin Kovar (CZE), WH3 - Sandra Graf (SUI) and WH1 - Pia Schmid (SUI). The absolute fastest time had MH3 rider Joel Jeannot (FRA).
Results of EHC Schenkon are online in the EHC-Results 2010 section
The registration for EHC Grafendorf / Austria is now open
INVITATION - EHC GRAFENDORF - AUSTRIA
we have the pleasure and honour of inviting you to participate in the ENERGIE STEIERMARK HANDBIKE CHALLENGE in Grafendorf from June 25th to June 27th 2010. The village of Grafendorf will host the most spectacular handcycling event that has ever been held in Austria. This event, which is also UCI P1 sanctioned, is the 4th stage of the European Handbike Circuit. Athletes from about 15 countries and 4 continents are expected in Grafendorf for this international event.
A lot of elite riders with the local hero – Manfred Putz – and an interesting supporting programme will ensure a big crowd of spectators.
Athletes and visitors will also be able to discover the touristic attractions of the region called Oststeiermark. It holds a scenic and cultural variety that can hardly be found somewhere else in such a small space.
25. 6. (Friday) EHC 13 K Time Trial
26. 6. (Saturday) EHC Road Race from 34 K to 55 K depending on H Divisions
27. 6. (Sunday) 16K Hill Climbing Race
A lot of service features will be offered. The registration fee (66,00 Euros) includes the entry fees for both EHC races, a T-Shirt, chip time keeping, 3 vouchers for meals and drinks, personalized starting number, first aid, sports massages, handcycle breakdown service provided by Mr. Thomas Schmicking and last but not least entertainment on Saturday evening.
For athletes and their escorts who will arrive/leave at Vienna Airport (Vienna Airport – Grafendorf = ca. 120 km) airport transfers and shuttle services on location are provided.
Special transport rate: Vienna – Grafendorf – Vienna incl. shuttle services on location 30 Euros/person.
Contact and information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We invite you to visit our website to get all further informations
If you have any questions please feel free to contact Christian Peter email@example.com
Please notice the registration deadline on June 11th 2010!
Looking forward to welcoming you all at the startline in June.
With my kindest regards on behalf of the Organization Committee
The online registration is closed now. More athletes than ever will take part in next month‘ s Schenkon EHC time trial. An incredible number of 150 handcyclists from 20 nations registered for the traditional EHC event around the Lake Sempach.
Results of EHC Rosenau are online in the EHC-Results 2010 section
Results of EHC AL Ain Event are online in the EHC-Results 2010 section
The Registration for the traditional EHC Time Trial in Schenkon is open
The 5th edition of the EHC Time Trial in Schenkon will take place on 15. May 2010. Please notice that the entry deadline is very early on 18. April. You will find all necessary infos here.
New Organisers for UCI Para-cycling World Championships
Initially scheduled to take place in Cali, Columbia, from 12th to 22nd August 2010, the UCI World Para-cycling Championships will finally be relocated.
The road events will take place from 17th to 22nd August in Baie-Comeau, in the province of Quebec, Canada. The track races will take place in November or December; several potential organisers have been contacted by the UCI, which will shortly attribute this part of the event.
In parallel with the relocation of the World Championship competitions, the final round of the UCI Para-cycling World Cup, which was to take place in Baie-Comeau from 2nd to 4th July, will take place from 13th to 15th August in the same region, in Sept-Îles. The organiser of these two events is the same (Paramanic International).
Read more in UCI press release
The second edition of EHC Al Ain Event draws a huge field of participants
About 70 athletes from 16 nations have registered for the EHC competitions in the desert city. Among the huge field there are Paralympian and World Champions which promises exciting races for the different divisions.
The Registration for the classic EHC event in Rosenau is open
This year the traditional EHC event in Rosenau will celebrate the 10 years jubelee. The big event will be held on 3. April 2010. To ensure more safety the big fields of H2 and H3 divisions will not compete at the same time but one after another in different races. U23 EHC athletes, juniors and kids need not pay the entry fee.
You will find all race informations and the online registration form here.
1st 2010 Classification Master List is Online
The list is available on the UCI Para-cycling page. Any protests against classification must be lodged in writing, with substantiated documentation to the UCI before 17h (Suisse time) March 3, 2010. Further details on the UCI Para-cycling page.
New Date for the P1 Paracycling and EHC Event at Fowlmead/Kent
As the proposed date for the World Championships in Columbia has recently been rescheduled, it was necessary to postpone the date of the UCI Paracycling and EHC Event at Fowlmead/Kent.
The new date is 4. and 5. September 2010.
Registration for EHC Al Ain and Training Camp is open now
Al Ain - UAE, 13-14 March 2010
After the huge success achieved in the EHC Races 2009, Al Ain Races Organizing Committee is delighted to invite you for the second edition of the Races in 2010.
Accommodation, Food & Transportation:
Training Camp :
Flight fee support :
For more information or inquiries, please send an email to the organizers at:
Season's Greetings and best wishes for 2010 from the European Handcycling Federation Committee.
New UCI Classification
UCI has released a new classification system that will be used as from January 2010. For the updated UCI Rulebook go to the UCI web site www.uci.ch
New EHF member!
During the last EHF General Meeting, the EHF Committee agreed unanimously on the admission of Ireland as a new member into the EHF. Mr. Denis Toomey (Chairman of the Disability Commission of Cycling Ireland) will be its country representative. Together with Ireland, the EHF now represents 12 countries in total.
The EHF GM 2009
On October 10-11, the town of Parabiago (Italy) hosted the EHF General Meeting 2009, where all the EHF country representatives met to discuss a very stretched agenda. On Saturday noon, the EHF representatives were received by the Mayor and members of the City Council at the Parabiago Town hall
EHC 2009 Stage 6 – Oupeye (BEL)
Only a few weeks prior to the race day, Didier Simons, the “boss” of the Belgian EHC stage, was told that his race could not take place in Namur due to a film festival the date of which had been changed. As an acrobat, Didier had to provide for a few miracles in order to re-plan all the items necessary to set up the last stage of the EHC 2009. He had to search for a new race venue and the town of Oupeye offered him their help. Eventually, everything was set up and on a very windy day more than 60 athletes came to the start line of the final EHC 2009 stage the course of which passed along the Meuse river bank.