Lepoutre wins day 2
French runner and world cup final participant Benjamin Lepoutre won the second day of the three days of the Zoniënwoud in Hoeilaart. In an oro-hydro race, he was 2:35 minutes faster than Jeroen van der Kleij, whose quickroute map is available. Van der Kleij will be very satisfied by his race today, finally performing back on his normal level (although half the Talloen family was running nearby). In third place, one minute behind van der Kleij, we can find your reporter.
Yesterday's winner Thomas van der Kleij got a DSQ behind his name, and unlike in the MTB-O in Retie, not due to a complaint. He does not plan to participate next week on day 3 in Oudergem, so it's not changing the final standings anyway.
In the women's class, Vinciane Mulpas was once again faster than Greet Oeyen, for the second day in a row. Next up on the list was Catherine Dickburt.
All courses but the shortest course today were oro-hydro races. This provoked at times hilarious reactions by people who did not expect it: "C'est la catastrophe!" and "Vroeger liep ik hier graag, maar nu is de liefde over!" (to keep ourselves communautary clean).
We have learned a thing or two today either way. Our previous experience with horse racing tracks was that they looked like nice green grasslands. This was true at JEC 2003 in Bad Harzburg, and we have photographic evidence of it. It is not true, however, in Groenendaal, where the runner, contrary to our photographic preparations, is greeted with all sorts of vegetation, seemingly placed there just to slow him down. The better option, and that's lesson two, was to say "Your oro-hydro map can go to hell. I'll take the paths".