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Kick News 15.2.2004 Suomen Potkukelkkailu- ja Potkulautailuliitto


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potku.fi Van Camp kingi Jyväspotkuissa

15.2.2004, Jyväskylä, Suomi/Finland

KENSUn Richard Van Camp kruunattiin mestariksi seuransa avoimissa mestaruuskisoissa - Jyväspotkuissa! Naisten mestaruus karkasi Ketkupolkan Jaana Nykäselle. Flunssa aallon harventamassa yli 45-vuotiaiden sarjassa Risto Oikarinen piti mestaruuden järjestävällä seuralla.

Jyväspotkuissa tänä vuonna raapaistiin tunnin + kierroksen kisa, joten vaihtelevien potkukelkkailu matkojen perinteitä jatkettiin. Aiemmin takana olleet kisamatkat ovat olleet kymppi vuonna 2001, puolimaraton vuonna 2002 sekä 200 m ja kymppi viime vuonna, mikäli toimittaja oikein muistaa.

Tänä vuonna kisa lähti aamuhämärissä ja pienessä lumisateessa liikkeelle. Kärkeen säntäsi kolmikko Van Camp, Elmgren ja Kuusisto niin reipasta potkua, että ennen ensimmäisen 2,5 km:n kierroksen täyttymistä seuraava parivaljakko Lehtinen ja Rinkinen olivat jääneet noin 20 sekuntia ja muut hieman enemmän. Mestaruuskamppailu miestensarjassa oli siten kolmenkauppa, joka ratkesi vasta loppurutistuksessa pitkällä loppusuoralla. Potkukisan ja samaan aikaan olleen luistelukisan jälkeen päivä Jyväsjärven jäällä jatkui Jää Jyväskylään 2004 -tapahtuman merkeissä keräten aurinkoiseksi kääntyneeseen säähän tuhansia ulkoilijoita testaamaan luistimia ja potkukelkkoja.

Kensuportteri

Tulokset / Results

Miehet tunti + krs / Men 1 hour + 1 round

1. Richard Van Camp KENSU 12 krs, 2. Jan Elmgren Vantaan Veturi 12 krs, 3. Alpo Kuusisto Ketkupolkka 12 krs, 4. Antti Lehtinen KENSU 11 krs, 5. Timo Rinkinen KENSU 11 krs, 6. Markus Holmlund Kokon kyläseura 11 krs, 7. Esa Mononen Ketkupolkka 11 krs, 8. Tuomas Ylikokko Kokon kyläseura 11 krs, 9. Arto Hakasalo KENSU 10 krS, 10. Roope Nurmi Lapinjärven Lukko 10 krs

Naiset tunti + krs / Women 1 hour + 1 round

1. Jaana Nykänen Ketkupolkka 9 krs, 2. Anneli Mörä-Leino KENSU 9 krs, 3. Laura Nurmi Lapinjärven Lukko 8 krs

Miehet yli 45-v. tunti + krs / Men over 45 years 1 hour + 1 round

1. Risto Oikarinen KENSU 10 krs, 2. Hannu Luoma KENSU 10 krs

potku.fi Nurmi victorious again, Vierikko third

8.2.2004, Lapinjärvi, Finland

-A headline of the present and possible future. With names like Nurmi, Escartin, Silfvast, Heikkinen, and, oh yes… another Vierikko, the next generation of kicksledders took center stage in Lapinjärvi this last Sunday. By most accounts, the action in the adult’s marathon was rather dull compared to the youngsters’ enthusiastic and dramatic races. These are the kids who will be kicking our butts when we are old and grey, or I guess I should say MORE old and grey than some of us already are.

On Sunday a community came together to pay tribute to a former one of its own, Ville Vickholm, in a most appropriate way. The number of participants who came out to enjoy the sunshine and crisp winter air was impressive, around 60 in all, including a nice field of around 20 men and women in the recreational category. While the kids may have gathered most of the attention, we old folks enjoyed our race too, in spite of most of us seeming to be recovering from one ailment or another. We traded excuses early in the race. I complained to anyone who would listen about my tough ski race the day before. Hannu joined in with his story of a lack of training in the toilet, after visiting Germany, due to his constant sickness…or was it a lack of training due to constant sickness in the toilet after his trip to Germany. Anyways something like that…Alpo too looked like he had been stricken by a bug recently. But it was clear during the marathon that Hannu wasn’t feeling so bad since he never stopped talking from his comfortable position at the back of our lead pack, which was being towed generously around the track again and again by the Jan Elmgren Express. It was one of those “wait and see” races which sprinters love. So there was a Vierikko victory in this story after all (I think it was also Hannu’s sister took who took first place in the women’s race).

Moreover, the kicking pack is more diverse than ever with the athletic Belgian Erwin Borremans joining the group of competitive kickers in Finland with unpronounceable names, and a sturdy looking fellow named Robert Sheild taking first place in the recreation kicker’s race. Finally, I take my hat off to those poor local ladies handing out juice to racers, only to get most of it straight back. Here is a hint ladies: only fill those cups up half-way and get some speed going before handing the juice over to the kicker!

But seriously it was heart-warming to see whole families who had come out to kick together and young one’s taking the stage at the awards ceremony. I think there were definitely a record number of smiles.

Richard Van Camp

potku.fi Loistetta Rantasalmella

7.-8.2.2004, Rantasalmi, Suomi/Finland

Savonlinna-Kickbike ry:n jäsenet olivat näyttävästi esillä ensimmäistä kertaa järjestetyssä Linnansaari-luistelussa Rantasalmella 7.-8.2004. Upean järviluonnon keskelle oli vedetty huippukuntoinen 3,8 km:m kilparata ja 12 km:n retkeilyreitti. Loistavassa säässä ja loistavin järjestelyin toteutettu tapahtuma saa toivottavasti ensi vuonna yhä useamman potkukelkkailijan liikkeelle.

Kuva: Vesa Takaoja

The members of the Savonlinna-Kickbike ry were well-presented at the first Linnansaari Ice Skating Event held at the heart of the most beautiful part of the Finnish lakeland, on the homewaters of the endangered species of Saimaa ringed seal. The 3.8 km competition track and the 12 km excursion track were in a great shape and the weather as perfect as it can be. All this very well organised event needs is more kicksled riders! See you next year!

Savonlinnasta huiskuttaen

Tuija H.

potku.fi Villen muistokisa

8.2.2004, Lapinjärvi

Kuva / Photo Kickbike Worldwide OY / Anne-Maria Vierikko

Sisarukset Hannu Vierikko ja Annamari Heikkinen muistelivat Villeä vauhdikkaimmin. Mukana pirteässä pakkassäässä oli runsaasti potkijoita ja yleisöä. Katso tulokset.

Kuva / Photo Henrik Lund

Kiitos järjestäjille hienosta tilaisuudesta kunnioittaa Villen muistoa. Toivottavasti kisasta muodostuu perinne, jota nuoret potkijat jatkavat kun vanhemmat siirtyvät Villen seuraan.

Kuva / Photo Henrik Lund

Hannu Vierikko and his sister Annamari Heikkinen won Ville's memorial marathon. There was a plenty of kicksledders and public present. See results.

Kuva / Photo Kickbike Worldwide OY / Anne-Maria Vierikko

Thanks to the organisers for this great occasion to respect Ville's memory. Hopefully the event will become a tradition that the young kickers continue after the older ones reunite with Ville.

Esa Mononen

Kuva / Photo Kickbike Worldwide OY / Anne-Maria Vierikko

More photos at http://www.iksaworld.com/.

potku.fi Imatran jääkymppi

24.1.2004, Imatra

Järjestelyt ja rata olivat hyvät, kaikki potkijat palkittiin hyvillä palkinnoilla. Ensi vuonna mukaan isommalla porukalla toivoo JE.

Lue Etelä-Saimaan julkaisema juttu .

Potkukelkkailun näytöskilpailu 10 km, tulokset

Nuoret

1. Nurmi Roope Lapinjärven Lukko 0:31:58, 2. Nurmi Laura Lapinjärven Lukko 0:32:17

Naiset

1. Räihä Heidi Lapinjärven Lukko 0:32:16

Miehet

1. Vierikko Hannu Ketkupolkka 0:21:30, 2. Elmgren Jan Vantaan Veturi 0:21:32, 3. Pesälä Matti Harjavalta 0:24:25

potku.fi Potkulautailua TV:ssä

Alpo Kuusisto esiintyy Sportmagasinet-ohjelmassa TV2:ssa maanantaina 19.1. klo 21.00:

"För 29-årige teknologen Alpo Kuusisto passar snuttjobb perfekt. Då kan han jobba några månader, och sen, utan att behöva ansöka om ledighet, ge sig iväg på en långresa. I Alpos fall kan en långresa betyda till exempel att han tar sig från kust till kust i USA på sparkcykel! En sträcka på drygt 5000 km… Sportmagasinet träffade Alpo under en träningsrunda i hemknutarna."

Måndag 19.1 kl.21.00 i FST och TV2
Onsdag 21.1 kl.18.35 i FST (repris)

Lähde: http://sporten.yle.fi/sportmagasinet/

potku.fi Wisa's 10 km Cross-country

17.1.2004, Nakkila

The 10 km cross-country kicksled race organised by Nakkilan Wisa was held in a few degrees subzero weather on an approximately 1,2 km track that had been made on a snow-covered golf course. The organisers had frozen the surface of the track, so it was in excellent condition. The races were opened by a representative of TUL (the traditional labourers' nationwide sports federation) and before the first start there was a minute of silence in order to respect Ville's memory.

In the men's race Jan Elmgren escaped from the others towards easy victory already on the first lap. Hannu Vierikko had dressed in a patriotic blue-and-white costume from Lillehammer 1994 Olympic Winter Games, but the outfit did not provide wings to race for victory. The result was a second place. The third finisher Esa Mononen kicked consistently away from Matti Pesälä from Harjavalta, who took a fine fourth place. Even more consistently kicked the ladies' winner Jaana Nykänen, whose slowest lap took a mere six seconds more than her fastest one, and actually Matti didn't escape too far into the horizon.

Roope Nurmi from Lapinjärvi won both the 2 km race for 12-year-old juniors and the 6 km race for 16-year-olds. Laura Nurmi won the 16-year-old girls' race. In the other children's races the medals were taken by kickers from the organising club, who were delightfully many in number.

In the prize ceremony they handed out medals with kick emblems and trophies for the winners. You could relax your strained muscles by taking a swim in a hole in the ice before going to the sauna. Thanks to the organisers for their enormous effort and successful races. Nakkila is worth revisiting by a bigger crowd.

Jaana Nykänen (translation Esa Mononen)

Photos Mika Vuorio / Satakunnan Kansa

See also results and lap times.

potku.fi Wisan maastokymppi

17.1.2004, Nakkila

Nakkilan Wisan järjestämä maastokymppi potkittiin muutaman asteen pakkasessa lauantaina golf-kentälle tehdyllä noin 1,2 km mittaisella radalla. Järjestäjät olivat jäädyttäneet radan pinnan, joten rata oli ensiluokkaisessa kunnossa. Kilpailut avasi TUL:n edustaja ja ennen ensimmäistä lähtöä vietettiin minuutin hiljainen hetki Villen muistoa kunnioittaen.

Miesten kisassa Jan Elmgren karkasi helppoon voittoon muilta jo ensimmäisellä kierroksella. Hannu Vierikko oli pukeutunut isänmaalliseen sinivalkoiseen asuun vuodelta 1994 Lillehammerin olympialaisista, mutta asu ei miestä siivittänyt kilpailemaan voitosta. Tuloksena toinen sija. Kisan kolmas Esa Mononen potki tasaisesti karkuun Harjavallan Matti Pesälältä, joka sijoittui hienosti neljänneksi. Vielä tasaisemmin potki naisten voittaja Jaana Nykänen, jonka hitaimman ja nopeimman kierroksen ero oli vaivaiset kuusi sekuntia, eikä Mattikaan lopulta karannut kovin kauaksi etuhorisonttiin.

Lapinjärven Roope Nurmi voitti sekä 12-vuotiaiden poikien 2 km että 16-vuotiaiden poikien 6 km. 16-vuotiaiden tyttöjen sarjan voitti Laura Nurmi. Muissa lasten sarjoissa mitalit saivat järjestävän seuran potkijat, joita mukana oli ilahduttavan runsaasti.

Kilpailujen päätteeksi jaettiin potkuaiheiset mitalit ja sarjojen voittajille pokaalit. Kisassa kipeytyneitä lihaksia pääsi rentouttamaan pulahtamalla avannossa ennen saunaan menoa. Kiitos järjestäjille valtavasta vaivannäöstä ja onnistuneista kisoista, Nakkilaan kelpaa saapua uudestaankin isommalla porukalla.

Jaana Nykänen

Kuvat Mika Vuorio / Satakunnan Kansa. Satakunnan Kansa teki ison jutun kisoista, verkkolehdestä voi tilata irtonumeron maanantaina 19.1.

Tulokset / Results

Kilpasarja miehet/men 10km

1. Jan Elmgren Vantaan Veturi 31.17, 2. Hannu Vierikko Ketkupolkka 32.33, 3. Esa Mononen Ketkupolkka 34.49, 4. Matti Pesälä 38.13

Kilpasarja naiset/ladies 10km

1. Jaana Nykänen Ketkupolkka 39.36

Kierrosväliajat / Lap times

Miehet:          1.    2.    3.    4.    5.    6.    7.    8.    9.    Kok.aika
1.Jan Elmgren    03:14 03:26 03:30 03:30 03:32 03:31 03:31 03:36 03:27 31:17
2.Hannu Vierikko 03:40 03:38 03:42 03:39 03:35 03:33 03:38 03:40 03:28 32:33
3.Esa Mononen    03:45 03:50 03:53 03:55 03:59 03:54 03:53 03:50 03:50 34:49
4.Matti Pesälä   04:02 04:15 04:20 04:18 04:19 04:12 04:20 04:17 04:10 38:13

Naiset:                                                                                 
1.Jaana Nykänen  04:21 04:27 04:25 04:22 04:22 04:24 04:26 04:27 04:22 39:36

Pojat alle 16 vuotta 6km

1. Roope Nurmi Lapinjärven Lukko 22.21, 2. Artturi Kankeri Nakkilan Wisa 27.18

Tytöt alle 16 vuotta 6km

1. Laura Nurmi Lapinjärven Lukko 25.37

Pojat alle 12 vuotta 2km

1. Roope Nurmi Lapinjärven Lukko 08.54, 2. Juha Rintamaa Nakkilan Wisa 11.22

Tytöt alle 12 vuotta 2km

1. Johanna Rintamaa Nakkilan Wisa 12.28

Pojat alle 8 vuotta 150m

1. Aarne Kankeri Nakkilan Wisa 0.26

Tytöt alle 8 vuotta 150m

1. Tuuliina Viinamäki Nakkilan Wisa 0.27, 2. Emilia Viinamäki Nakkilan Wisa 0.56

Harrastajat 2km

1. Päivi Haapala Nakkilan Wisa 10.55, 2. R-L Javanainen-Kankeri Nakkilan Wisa 11.14, 3. Reetta Alisaari Nakkilan Wisa 11.36

Tulokset V-M Lehtinen

potku.fi Old Kick News

Gammaldags sparknotiser från Stockholm

potku.fi Kepo-hepo report

Lapinjärvi 11.1.2004

This race for masochists is traditionally held on a forest road with some modest hills. However, due to poor snow conditions this winter in Southern Finland and some gravel on the road, the race was moved to ice in Läpinjärvi. Nevertheless, the race still provided some tough Kepo Hepo-like conditions with snow cover on the ice from the start and with light snowfall through much of the race. Confidence balancing on one runner to cut down on resistance was helpful, a technique worth practicing.

First, the youngsters had their race, where Roope Nurmi again showed impressive technique and speed for his age. In the men’s race, Hannu Vierikko and Esa Mononen were the first to drop off the pace and fought their own close battle until the end. The former setting us up for another dramatic “come back” later in the season? Meanwhile it was Alpo setting the pace most of the time, which he took up one more notch in typical fashion in the second half of the race. Jan was then, surprisingly, left behind with about 4 laps to go on the 3 kilometre track and then, inevitably, Alpo gapped Rick towards the end to avoid the need for a finishing sprint. Jaana Nykänen took the woman’s race despite her “dancing shoes.”

The race was followed by sauna and an impressively large dish of macaroni casserole, compliments of Heidi and family. Thanks also to Sari Nurmi and company for their help arranging the course and taking times.

Richard Van Camp (photos Henrik Lund)

Tulokset / Results

Men / Miehet yleinen, maraton

1. Alpo Kuusisto Ketkupolkka 1,44.33, 2. Richard van Camp KENSU 1.44.48, 3 Jan Elmgren Vantaan Veturi 1.47.22, 4. Hannu Vierikko Ketkupolkka 2.03.41, 5. Esa Mononen Ketkupolkka 2.04.21

Ladies / Naiset yleinen, 11,7 km

1. Jaana Nykänen Ketkupolkka 38.18, 2. Heidi Räihä Lapinjärven Lukko 46.51, 3. Minna Ruolanto Porvoon Flikat 1.01.56

Juniors / Nuoret, 11,7 km

1. Roope Nurmi Lapinjärven Lukko 45.41

Juniors under 8/ Nuoret alle 8 vuotta, 2 km

1. Sebastian Hansson Lappträsk IF 11.27

Juniors under 12 / Nuoret alle 12 vuotta, 2 km

1. Roope Nurmi Lapinjärven Lukko 6.38, 2. Ilmo Lukkariniemi Lapinjärven Lukko 8.08

Juniors under 16 / Nuoret alle 16 vuotta, 2 km

1. Laura Nurmi Lapinjärven Lukko 7.23

potku.fi Winter Triathlon

31.12.2003, Helsinki

Three was company enough at the start line of this year’s Winter Triathlon in Paloheinä, a ski park in Helsinki (a fourth adventurer didn’t make the start time and Hannu is rumoured to be in a pub somewhere in China). Our timekeeper and photographer, Väiski, started things off almost right on time, 6.00 pm, the same time as Finns are allowed to start shooting off their New Year’s fireworks, which made for a celebratory mood. Alpo skied without baskets on his ski poles and with skis which looked like relics of his childhood, perhaps offering his mates a chance. The ski route was a 1 kilometer loop on granular man-made snow, skied ten rounds. Rick entered the transition area with Jan on his heels and Alpo well behind.

The run was on a gravel park path, with some ice cover here and there. By the end, Jan led by a few seconds. Alpo was closing from about a minute behind. Julia Van Camp, Rick’s self-appointed “coach” could be heard yelling at her husband for his ridiculously slow transition, while Jan was already out of reach for Alpo.

The kicksled route was 10 times again on the same track used for skiing. The snow was surprisingly suitable for kicking, as Jan was easily cruising past skiers. Jan’s climbing technique, in which he kept kicking all the way to the top of the hill, contrasted with Alpo’s which involved a some running spurts behind the sled, and Rick’s which was sort of jogging with his sled (?). Rick was going slow enough for a skier to strike up a conversation about his kicksled: “Where can you buy one of those!?” No time to talk or sell Kicksparks though (sorry Hannu). Jan and Rick kicked with plastic runners, Alpo with naked steel.

Results:
1.Jan 1.40,25
2.Alpo 1.42,47
3.Richard 1.43,57

Big Thanks to Esa Kinnunen (photos) and Väiski for their help!

Richard Van Camp

potku.fi Paloheinän potkutriathlon

31.12.2003, Helsinki

Viivalle uskaltautui 3 heppua (jälkiviisaana voisi todeta että tunti myöhäisempi ajankohta,ainakin 1 heppu olisi ehtinyt mukaan). Väiski lähetti kisaajat klo 18.00,eli täsmälleen sovittuun starttiaikaan. Alpon sauvoissa ei ollut sompia,ehkä kaveri halusi antaa vähän tasoitusta? Hiihtobaana oli n.1km pitkä(lumetettu), kymmenen kierroksen jälkeen vaihtoon, Richard ja Jani, Alpo oli jäänyt selvästi.

Juoksuosuus oli hiekkapohjaisella osittain jäässä olevalla ulkoilutiellä,matkana n.6,5km(2 kierrosta). Juoksun lopussa Jan jätti Ricua muutaman sekunnin. Juoksuosuudella Alpo kiri kärkikavereita kiinni n.minuutin verran.

Potkukelkkarata oli sama kun hiihtoosuus(10 kierrosta),hiihtäjillä oli ihmettelemistä kun potkukelkka tuli ohi,joku hiihtäjä oli kysynyt Richardilta kesken kisan että mistä noita saa ostaa, mutta eipä Ricu ollut pysähtynyt ja ruvennut esittelemään Kickspark:kiaan. Alpolla ei ollut muoveja kelkan jalaksissa,Janilla ja Richardilla oli.

Loppuajat:
1.Jan 1.40,25
2.Alpo 1.42,47
3.Richard 1.43,57

Suurkiitos Kinnusen Esalle (kuvaaja) ja Väiskille järjestelyistä.

Jan Elmgren

potku.fi Farewell to Ville

12.12.2003, Lapinjärvi

The funeral service of Ville Vickholm gathered a large crowd of mourners who wished to see Ville off to his last journey. The church of Lapinjärvi has reportedly never been as full of people. Even the priest was seemingly moved by the amount of sorrow and could in his sermon only with a staggering voice wonder where were Ville's patron angels when the accident happened.

Ville's fellow sportsmen Jan Elmgren, Hannu Vierikko and Alpo Kuusisto participated in carrying Ville's coffin to the grave through an alley formed by Ville's small pupils from school. Ville was laid to rest in the scenic churchyard looking down upon his kicksledding tracks on Lake Lapinjärvi. As the clear but chilly day turned into dusk funeral guests from nearby and far away dropped tears and uttered words that had to come before their due time.

A local resident of Lapinjärvi who likely is the culprit for the tragic hit-and-run accident that caused Ville's death has been taken into police custody. The driver is suspected of gross involuntary manslaughter. The maximum sentence for such a crime according to Finnish law is six years in prison. The police has reported that it has evidence of the suspect having been drinking intoxicating beverages during the hours prior to the fatal incident.

No sentence or punishment, however, can bring Ville back to our kicking world. The best we can do is to keep Ville's spirit alive. In Lapinjärvi kicking races will be organised also in the future to honour the memory of Ville. Already within one month, on January 11, 2004, there will be the Ville's traditional Kepo-Hepo marathon on the Church Road in Liljendal.

Esa Mononen


Start of Kepo-Hepo Marathon 2003 / Kepo-Hepo maratonin lähtö 2003

Tämän päivän jälkeen käännämme taas sivun elämänkirjassamme. Emme unohtaaksemme viime aikojen surulliset sivut, vaan etsiäksemme lohtua ja elämänvoimaa kun me kirjoitamme ja samanaikaisesti luemme uutta sivua elämänkirjassamme. Mutta tämä kirja ei tämän jälkeen tule sisältämään vain surullisia sivuja. Olemme saaneet todeta että vielä on olemassa niin paljon hyvyyttä meidän julmassa maailmassamme. Miten suunnattoman paljon ystäviä ja kanssaihmisiä onkaan, jotka ovat jakaneet meidän surumme, surun, joka meitä kohtasi kun Ville niin äkillisesti otettiin pois luotamme. Kanssamme on jaettu myös epäoikeudenmukaisuus joka tuntuu niin ylipääsemättömältä. Meidän kiitollisuuttamme ei voi pelkin sanoin ilmaista, vaan tulevaisuus tulee todistamaan että kanssaihmisten tuki ajatuksin, sanoin ja teoin tulee antamaan voimaa surussa sen sijaan että se murtaisi kun uudet sivut elämänkirjassa kirjoitetaan.

Villen omaiset

potku.fi Jäähyväiset Villelle

12.12.2003, Lapinjärvi

Ville Vickholmin hautajaiset keräsivät suuren joukon surijoita, jotka tahtoivat nähdä Villen lähtevän viimeiselle matkalleen. Lapinjärven kirkko ei kuulemma koskaan ole ollut niin täynnä väkeä. Jopa pappi oli silminnähden liikuttunut surun määrästä ja saattoi vain vapisevalla äänellä ihmetellä saarnassaan, missä mahtoivat olla Villen suojelusenkelit onnettomuuden hetkellä.

Villen kilpakumppanit Jan Elmgren, Hannu Vierikko ja Alpo Kuusisto osallistuivat arkun kantamiseen haudalle Villen pienten oppilaiden muodostaman kunniakujan läpi. Ville laskettiin haudan lepoon kirkkomaalle, jolta avautuu näkymä Lapinjärvelle Villen potkukelkkailuradoille. Kirkkaan mutta kolean päivän painuessa mailleen hautajaisvieraat läheltä ja kaukaa vuodattivat kyyneleitä ja sanoja joiden aika ei oikeastaan vielä olisi ollut.

Villen yliajoon ja paikalta pakenemiseen todennäköisesti syypää paikkakunnan asukas on poliisin suojissa. Kuljettajaa epäillään törkeästä kuolemantuottamuksesta, josta maksimirangaistus on kuusi vuotta vankeutta. Poliisi on kertonut, että sillä on näyttöä siitä, että kyseinen henkilö olisi nauttinut miestä vahvempia juomia kohtalokasta tapahtumaa edeltävien tuntien aikana.

Mikään tuomio tai rangaistus ei voi tuoda Villeä takaisin meidän potkumaailmaamme. Parasta mitä me voimme tehdä on pitää Villen henkeä elossa. Lapinjärvellä järjestetään myös vastaisuudessa potkukisoja Villen muiston kunnioittamiseksi. Jo neljän viikon päästä sunnuntaina 11.1.2004 on Villen perinteinen Kepo-Hepo maraton Liljendalissa Kirkkotiellä.

Esa Mononen


Ville welcoming everyone to ice marathon on Lapinjärvi / Ville toivottamassa kaikki tervetulleiksi Lapinjärven jäämaratonille.

After this day we turn again a page in our book of lifetime. Not in order to forget about the sad pages of recent times, but rather in order to seek for consolation and life power as we write and simultaneously read the new page in the book of lifetime. But the book won't hereafter include only sad pages. We have had the opportunity to witness that there is still so much goodness in our brutal world. Such an enormous number of friends and fellow human beings have shared our sorrow, the sorrow that faced us when Ville so abruptly was taken away from us. People have shared with us also the injustice that feels so difficult to overcome. Our gratitude cannot be expressed in plain words, but the future shall prove that the support of fellow human beings in thoughts, words and deeds will give us strength instead of sorrow breaking us when new pages will be written in the book of lifetime.

The family of Ville

potku.fi Memorial Service of Ville Vickholm

Some information for all who wish to pay their last respects to Ville:

The funeral service of Ville shall be held on Friday 12.12.2003 at 14.00 in Lapinjärvi. Everyone is welcome to escort Ville to his last journey.

A memorial fund of Ville has been founded:

Ville Vickholmin muistorahasto
IBAN fi8450164020008895
SWIFT okoyfihh

Contributions from within Finland: Elimäen osuuspankki Lapinjärvi 501640-28895

Greetings to the memorial ceremony shall be sent to Ville's parents' address:

Family of Ville Vickholm
Kustaankaari 20
07800 Lapinjärvi
Finland

You can also express your condolences on Ville's departure at http://www.iksaworld.com/ville.html.

potku.fi Ville Vickholmin muistotilaisuus

Tiedoksi kaikille jotka haluavat kunnioittaa Villen muistoa:

Villen siunaustilaisuus pidetään Lapinjärvellä perjantaina 12.12.2003 klo 14.00. Kaikki ovat tervetulleita saattamaan Ville viimeiselle matkalleen.

Villelle on perustettu muistorahasto:

Ville Vickholmin muistorahasto
Elimäen osuuspankki Lapinjärvi 501640-28895
ulkomailta
IBAN fi8450164020008895
SWIFT okoyfihh

Tervehdyksen muistotilaisuuteen voi lähettää Villen vanhempien osoitteeseen:

Ville Vickholmin omaiset
Kustaankaari 20
07800 Lapinjärvi

Koko potkivan maailman surunvalittelupalsta http://www.iksaworld.com/ville.html.

potku.fi Sad News from Lapinjärvi

Ville Vickholm deceased on November 27 while training on his Kickbike after a motor car bumped him off the road near his home in Lapinjärvi.

Ville's departure in a man's prime touches his close relations as many things were left in their incipiency. One of them was his work as a teacher in Kapellby school. This sad message touches also Ville's large sphere of friends that developed also during the years he spent kicksledding and scootering.

Ville's competitive kicksled career started back in 1993 in Noux, Espoo, where he immediately took the second place among elite kicksledders in the Viktor Balck 100 km memorial race. The hobby became a passion and during the past decade Ville left thousands of kick traces close to his home as well as around Europe.

Ville performed remarkable work promoting kicking sports by arranging versatile race events and during the past year he acted as the president of Finnish Kicksled and Scooter Association. He was still kicking along with top speed. Last summer he won the Eurocup total point ranking and already opened this winter season in the First Snow Kicks. The kick career seemed to be quite in order.

Now there is a hole of Ville's caliber in our world. It must be difficult for the dearest of Ville to imagine life without him. The same applies to his small pupils, but school, life and play must go on. Ville remains in our minds as a sincere person, with whom also his fellow competitors found it pleasant to race.

For those who like a modern way to find out what Ville achieved in life: Google

Antti Lehtinen (English translation Esa Mononen)

Ps. A condolence page: http://www.iksaworld.com/ville.html

potku.fi Suru-uutinen Lapinjärveltä

Ville Vickholm 1971-2003 Ville Vickholm on menehtynyt 27.11. jouduttuaan auton töytäisemäksi ollessaan potkulautailulenkillä kotikulmillaan Lapinjärvellä.

Villen, parhaassa iässä olleen miehen, poismeno koskettaa läheisiä ja sukulaisia, sillä monet asiat jäivät alulleen. Kesken jäi opetustyö Kapellbyn koulussa. Tämä suru-uutinen koskettaa myös Villen laajaa ystäväpiiriä, joka hänelle oli vuosien saatossa mm. potkukelkkailun ja ^Ölautailun parissa kehittynyt.

Villen potkukelkkailun kilpailu-ura alkoi vuonna 1993 Espoon Nuuksiossa Pitkäjärvellä järjestetyssä Victor Balckin muistokilpailussa, jossa kilpailumatkana oli 100 km. Heti tässä kilpailussa Ville kaappasi toisen tilan ja paikan potkukelkkailun eliitissä. Tuolloin alkanut harrastus vei Villen mukanaan ja menneen kymmenen vuoden aikana hän ehti tehdä tuhansia potkujälkiä niin kotikulmilleen kuin ympäri Eurooppaakin.

Ville teki merkittävää työtä potku-urheilun edistämiseksi järjestämällä erilaisia kisatapahtumia ja viimeisen vuoden hän toimi Suomen Potkukelkkailu- ja Potkulautailuliiton puheenjohtajana. Edelleen hän oli myös kärkivauhdissa mukana. Kesällä hän saavutti potkulautailun Eurocupin voiton ja tämän talven kilpailukautensa hän ehti avata Ensilumen potkuissa. Potku-ura näytti olevan kohdallaan.

Nyt maailmassamme on Villen mentävä aukko. Villen rakkaimpien läheisten ja sukulaisten on vaikea kuvitella elämää ilman Villeä. Samoin on myös pienten oppilaiden kohdalla, mutta elämän, koulutyön ja leikkien on jatkuttava. Kaikille Ville jäi taatusti mieleen rehtinä ihmisenä, jonka kanssa oli mukava myös kilpakumppanin kisata.

Modernilla tavalla Villen tekemisiin voi kurkistaa hakukoneen avulla.

Antti Lehtinen

Ps. Surunvalittelusivu: http://www.iksaworld.com/ville.html

potku.fi X-kaato Adventure Race Report

1.11.2003 Vihti, Finland

Following Hannu in the first half of last week^Òs adventure race was something akin to riding a roller-coaster that has come off its tracks and into the forest. The second half was^Åwell slower but I will get to that later. Along with the 30 or so other teams and individual competitors, Hannu and I had paired up as Team Kickbike for the X-Kaato Adventure Race, which took place just west of Helsinki, while Jan E. and Ville V. formed Team Kickspark. As is usual with adventure races, all stages involved some orienteering (navigating to control points), either by mountain bike, running, or paddling (plus one easy repel over a small cliff). Of course, mountain biking is too easy, so we kicked those sections on the XC model. Because Hannu is an old-time orienteerer who, as he will tell you, has had his share of great times ^Óin the bush,^Ô he took the map, strapped a compass to his wrist and led the way. I might add that I doubt that Hannu has showed up for many races with time to spare and this one was no exception. Without time to properly mark the routes on the map and a meagre supply of liquids, we were more or less doomed from the get go.

The first 50-60k was on wheels. What we lost in terms of speed to the mountain bikers we tried to make up for in ingenuity and pure craziness. Hannu led us on one of his short-cuts at the first opportunity. It was fun too look back and see a few mountain bikers following us with quizzical looks on their faces as we dismounted, KB^Òs in hand, and tumbled down a muddy bank and across a farmer^Òs field. Unfortunately, the first few short-cuts were not so short after all. We found no secret paths, just lots of bush, a small river to cross and plenty of high-quality Finnish mud. Still we were in the mix all the way to the beginning of the running section thanks to one brilliant short-cut towards the end of this section, although we had dropped Team Kickspark somewhere along the way (they would suffer the same fate of several other teams, unable to locate all the CP^Òs during the running section). In very tough terrain, Hannu recorded some of the best times between CPs early in the running. I desperately tried to keep Hannu in sight, squeezing between trees and scrambling down rocky hills.

We finished the running section about 5 hours into the race and at this point Hannu, clutching the now soggy map, was starting to look worryingly tired. It didn^Òt help our confidence at this point either to be overtaken by an individual female competitor who, to my annoyance, seemed to be enjoying herself immensely. Even worse we had expected to hit the kayak section earlier, where it would be possible to refuel (the dude who gave us this elicit info was either dim or trying to sabotage us^×you know who you are!!!). As it turned out we wouldn^Òt see the kayak where our drinks and food were stashed until almost 7 hours into the race. In irritable states of mind, we remounted our Kickbikes and took off, that is not like airplanes take off but how chickens do. A few minutes later, one glance back and I realised that Hannu was nowhere to be seen. I doubled back and found Hannu not so much kicking as just trying to stay standing. He had bonked and his muscles had frozen up. By the time we finally made it to the kayaking section it was dark and Hannu was shivering badly. He put every bit of extra clothing on and we pushed the kayak in the river with only our headlamps to see by. Hannu recovered a bit at this point, or at least warmed up, and I did my job so that we made decent time up and down the river. I have never paddled in the dark and it was almost enjoyable, except for the part about not seeing. The final kicking stage should have been quick and easy. But already feeling defeated, and our minds occupied with the question of whether there would be any of the free buffet left for us at the starting place, we made a few more orienteering mistakes and came in 15th place (but the only team to finish on KBs), way over 2 hours behind the winners.

Nevertheless, memory has a short memory and I think that better preparation and more patience at the beginning would have put us in the top 10. And hey, we were on Kickbikes after all!

Richard Van Camp

potku.fi Ensilumen potkut / First Snow Kicks

Helsinki 26.10.2003

1,5 km aika-ajo / time trial

1. Ville Vickholm 4.36, 2. Hannu Vierikko 4.50, 3. Jan Elmgren, 4. Erwin Borremans

7,5 km yhteislähtö / mass start

1. Hannu Vierikko 24.28, 2. Ville Vickholm 24.35, 3. Jan Elmgren + 2 min

potku.fi The US crossing continues...

Photos from America: This time you will see Elvis and the other guys on the road again...

potku.fi Race Report from Swansea

20.-21.2003, Swansea, Wales

The first UK open international promo footbike race and fun rides took place on a blissfully sunny weekend in Swansea on the 20th and 21st September. The skies cloudless, winds light and temperatures reached about 24°C - in other words, perfect! Swansea is the second largest city in Wales - no not England! And sits where the river Tawe emerges from its mountainous valley and meets the sea within a large curved sandy bay; a spectacular setting with the old fishing village of Mumbles at the western end. It was in the 19th century the biggest copper smelting town in Europe; mercifully, all of that industrial wasteland has gone and Swansea is primarily now a tourist town with a mixed economy with a population of about 250,000. Attached to and immediately to the west of Swansea is the Gower peninsular - the first area of the UK designated as an area of 'Outstanding Natural Beauty' - about 20km long and about 8km wide. Limestone cliffs and sandy bays to the south and woodland, rolling hills and dunes and marshland to the north.

Tomas and Annika Porthin with their daughter Elin arrived at Cardiff airport on Thursday, Cees Bakker (with his fine carbon fibre bikes), Xavier Disley (a rower by trade) and Hannu arrived on Friday by car, train and train respectively. A group of local riders and the assembled team went for a fun ride on Saturday - Tomas and Hannu kicking to the 'start' (about 20km) the rest meeting there. We went along some wonderful cycle tracks down to the beach then along the promenade to Swansea town centre. Along the way, Tomas recorded 1.55 for a measured 1000m (he wasn't able to stay for the race on Sunday). The marina quarter of Swansea is a development of rather pleasant flats around what is now a yacht marina and a river barrage to provide even more mooring space for boats. A new suspension footbridge (The Sail Bridge) was recently completed across the river to allow a cycle track and footpath and which is used in the triathlon events held in Swansea every year now. The cycle track network around Swansea is now one of the best in the UK - and since we had Rob Wachowski, the Cycle Development Officer for Swansea in the ride and race - we expect facilities for kickers to get ever better. We kicked around the marina area, found a waterside pub and had a beer. We had arranged to meet some other riders at another pub some 6km away so kicked back along the promenade, had some further refreshment and then kicked back to our start about another 5km away - altogether for the weak ones, about 15-20km, for Tomas and Hannu - altogether that day about 60-70km!

Some riders were camping in our garden, some sleeping around the house, so we had a spaghetti bolognese party in the evening where - you guessed it - more refreshment was taken and life stories revealed.

We had 15 riders scheduled, so we had rather a rush before the race on Sunday making some extra Kickbikes - in the end, 3 riders made the start line a few seconds after the start so missed it!! The race was great fun and not very competitive for Hannu - although the middle order battled it out. Our two fastest riders, Graeme Lloyd and Hywel Davies were both unable to ride this weekend (one with broken collarbone) - it would have been interesting to see how they would have done! We had the full support of all the race machinery for the famous Swansea Bay 10km road race (there were 2029 adult entries for this race and it was won by Wilson Kogo from Kenya in 29min 08s). The footbike race started just before the main race and so we had a good audience to cheer us in and medals for finishers!

We hope to have a Eurocup series and fun ride at Swansea on September 4th/5th weekend in 2004 as part of the Swansea Triathlon. We will have roads shut off to traffic, full marshalling and professional timekeepers - I hope to see many of you there and I hope that you will enjoy the special environment of Swansea and Gower. We will send a team to one of the European Eurocup races too! So see you all next year.

Pete Sheterline

Results

Course Flat tarmac apart from small (50m) dip with slow uphill to finish. Actual course distance 1040m, light winds, sunny.

1. Hannu Vierriko 1:58, 2. Cees Bakker 2:27, 3. Barry Phillipson 2:32, 4. Rob Wachowski 2:34, 5. Xavier Disley 2:42, 6. Steve Long 2:44, 7. Paul Coleman 2:49, 8. Pete Sheterline 2:52, 9. Jon Stearn 3:05, 10. Mike Garley 3:26, 11. Heather Jenkins 3:31, 12 Helen Davies 3:34

potku.fi Ketkupolkkailijan juhlat & SPPL:n parhaat

Lapinjärvi 27.9.2003

Kansallisen potkulautailukauden päättäneet potkulautailukilpailut, Ketkupolkkailijan juhlakisat, järjestettiin Lapinjärvellä tuulisessa poutasäässä.

Jan Elmgren voitti 850m:n ylämäkisprintin sekunnin kymmenyksen erolla Hannu Vierikkoon. Ajat olivat sivutuulesta johtuen noin 6 sekuntia hitaampia kuin viime vuonna. 32km:n maantiekisassa samat miehet selvittivät välejään. Markus Holmlund roikkui kärkiletkassa 3km ja Ville Vickholm 7km. Vierikko kuittasi voiton alamäki- ja myötätuulivoittoisella reitin loppuosuudella. Elmgren ei onnistunut pudottamaan hyväkuntoista Vierikkoa radan vaativissa ylämäissä.

Kisan jälkeen järjestetyssä Suomen Potkukelkkailu- ja Potkulautailuliiton syysliittokokouksessa valittiin lajien parhaat urheilijat vuonna 2003:

Potkukelkkailu: miehet - Jan Elmgren, naiset - Maarit Salovirta

Potkulautailu: miehet - Hannu Vierikko, naiset - Anette Renvaktar

Ville Vickholm

Tulokset / Results

Kutosen kunkku sprintti 850m

Miehet: 1. Jan Elmgren Vantaan Veturi 1.59,1, 2. Hannu Vierikko Ketkupolkka 1.59,2, 3. Ville Vickholm Ketkupolkka 2.02,3, 4. Markus Holmlund IF Femman 2.08,4

alle 12v: 1. Roope Nurmi Lapinjärven Lukko 2.45, 2. Laura Nurmi Lapinjärven Lukko 2.55

alle 16v: 1. Benjamin Silfvast LIF 2.29

32km Miehet (väliajat 10km, 21km): 1. Hannu Vierikko 1.06.42 (20.39, 43,32), 2. Jan Elmgren 1.06.43 (20.38, 43.32), 3. Ville Vickholm 1.10.06 (21.09, 45.33), 4. Markus Holmlund 1.15.50 (22.47, 49.51), 5. Esa Mononen 1.16.09 (23.15, 49.52)

Kuntosarja 32km: 1. Jaana Nykänen 1.29.22

potku.fi Alpo & Jaani & US crossing

16.9.2003

Alpo and Jaani have started today (16.9.2003) from Oakland... Alpo described their route... Read more from the KickbikeUSA Newsgroup (e.g. message 2728, 2736, 2790, 2826).

potku.fi Summer 2003

Here you can find the old stories.