Save the date – June 26 & 27, 2021
The year was 2019. The location was the Willem-Alexanderbaan in Rotterdam, located in a typical Dutch polder (read: flatland). The Koninklijke-Holland Beker, that year serving as Word Cup III of the ‘19 season, saw over 700 from 42 countries participating. The first two days, started on Friday July 12, saw highs and lows, tears and joy, pain and lactic acid for all teams. However, the last day, Sunday July 14, was the one that counted for this event. Being one of the last races before the World Championship, the best teams in the world used World Cup III as their last preparation.
Traditionally the Men’s Single Sculls serves as the main event of the Koninklijke-Holland Beker, with the race winner being awarded the Holland Beker. In 2019 the field was outstanding, with mastodons as Robbie Manson (NZL, at that time holder of the Worlds Best Time), Ondrej Synek (CZE, multiple World Champion) and Sverri Nielsen (DEN, runner up in the 2019 World Championship) racing amongst the other participating athletes. The final was nerve-wracking and exciting, with Nielsen and Kjetil Borch (NOR) pushing each other until the finish line. Borch led the first 1000m, before Nielsen took over and managed to keep ahead of the field. He claimed the Holland Beker with a lead of less than half a second!
The year will be 2021. The location will be the Bosbaan, Amsterdam. The date to write down is June 26 & 27. Why, you ask? Because on those days, The Koninklijke-Holland Beker will return. Being organized since 1886, it is time again to see who will claim the one and only Holland Beker.