Preview: Relay Rik Thys
Map sample Gruitrodebos
Also the organisation (Patrick Wallaert and the army) of this relay is special, compared with other o-organisations in Belgium. In the past, it was possible to follow the competition as spectator by speaker, radiocontrol, tv-screen, spectatorscontrol and at the change-over-area. These factors cause a very good atmosphere during the race.
Last year, the military team 2/4L (Baert, Simkens, Haex) took the victory. But this year they run without Simkens. He's replaced by Jannis because of an injury. Trol was 2nd last year, but they also had to change their team. Laenen and W Franssen will be absent and are replaced by Meeussen and Marinus. The big favourits this year will be Hamok (3th in 2007). Luc Melis and the brothers Jeroen and Dries van der Kleij will represent Hamok1.
Some outsiders: Asub (Bernard, Deneyer and Debehogne), Omega (Jacobs, B Vandemoortel and ?), 10W Tac (Engelen, Anciaux and Goossens), CBOS (Pathoens, Schrans and Tirez), KOL (Michiels, Nijst and Bockx) and Irmep Kmilo (Vandercammen, Marchal and Wathelet).