After recovering from Sickness in Valencia Nicole Begg was in top form in the European cup series in the Skate Off at Heerde Holland, winning the two long distance events with ease, against top European & Colombian skaters.
The European Cup runs over a 10 race series and seperate series for sprinters & distance races, with non Europeans not allowed to win the overall series, Nicole will only compete, while there is not a World Inline Cup Race on, along with Samantha Michael she will race other European Cup races in Mechelen Belguim 6th, 7th & 8th May, prior to the Rennes World Inline Cup Marathon 15th May, then the following week the European Cup in Worlgi Austria 20,21,22nd May, prior to Going to Incheon Korea for the WIC Marathon 29th May.
In the 10,000 pts race, against the top Dutch team members & German Jana Gegner representing Cado Motos Sponsor with a team of 6 & Powerslide team German World Medalists Sabine Berg & Maireka Thum, plus 3 Colombians Nicole drew the back row & it took 10 laps 2,000 meters & 5 sprints already decided before she got to the front.
With 2 points for first & 1 point for 2nd every 2nd lap Nicole made 4 different solo 4 lap breakaways, collecting 4 points each attack to comfortably win the event with 16 points, French women Latetia Le Bihan broke away towards the end to become 2nd with 10 points & the top Cado Motus & Dutch Olympic Ice representative Elma De Vries with 10 pts.
In the 50 lap 10,000 Elimination race, with constant eliminations down to the last 5 skaters with 2 laps to go, to prevent herself from being blocked in Nicole led the entite journey for the las 32 laps 6,400 meters & was unchallenged kicking out of the corner with a lap to go she won easily by about 30 to 40 meters. from Italian Francesco Lollobrigida & Hollands Elma De Vries.
Nicole reported she was very fresh after the race & skated in a 3 person team sprint pursuit with Nelle Armee Belguim & Lollabrigida to gain 2nd, after leading for more than 2 of the laps & the other two having trouble hanging on, as Nicole returned to top form, making a big impression with the Dutch crowd.