The IJRC Board worked hard to ensure the success of this event.
Having two courses – and a break between them that lasted not more then 5-10 minutes – proved crucial.
The riders, too, were an- xious to show what the IJRC was capable of from an organization point of view. The formula required experienced personnel in the warm-up arena and near the main arena entranceway.
As a result, Emile Hendrix and François Mathy Jr were appointed to coordinate and organize the event. The formula is somewhat unusual; for example the riders can’t see the other competitors. It’s a bit like a ski race in which the athletes are asked to race without knowing the previous scores. With its unique formula, over the years, the Final has played host to some spectacular and memo- rable performances including Ludger Beerbaum’s consecutive victories in 2001 and 2002.
Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (2004 & 2006) and Rodrigo Pessoa (2003 & 2005) join Ludger as the only three riders to have raised the trophy twice.
IMAGES: the meeting before the class last year (credit F. Petroni)