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Mountain bikers of the year selected among Dutch, Belgians

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Laura Turpign (Merida) on her way to a win

Laura Turpign (Merida) on her way to a win (Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)
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Jeff Luyten (Team Saeco) races to eighth in Houffalize.

Jeff Luyten (Team Saeco) races to eighth in Houffalize. (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Kevin Van Hoovels (Lingier-Versluys team) looks over his shoulder

Kevin Van Hoovels (Lingier-Versluys team) looks over his shoulder (Image credit: Sportograf)

Top Dutch and Belgian mountain bikers of 2010 were awarded at a ceremony this weekend. Kevin van Hoovels and Sebastien Carabin won the most votes for the elite male and under 23 male mountain biker of the year titles while Dutchwoman Laura Turpin took the top women's honors.

It was the fourth edition of the Mountain Biker of the Year awards, also known as the Granny Awards. Martin Paulissen hosted the evening, which featured a trials show by Iciar Van den Bergh.

After a fantastic season, Belgian Kevin van Hoovels (Lingier-Versluys) won the overall elite men's mountain biker of the year crown. He won his national championships and stood on the podium several times in international stage races this year. He'll have a hard time doing better next year although he'll have an advantage in 2011. In January, he'll become a full-time pro. Dutchman Rudi Van Houts finished second, ahead of teammate Nicolas Vermeulen, Bas Peters and Belgian Sven Nys.

Laura Turpijn (Combee Merida) proved her role as the leading lady of Dutch mountain biking, having won the national title this year in both cross country and marathon disciplines. Turpin defeated Kristien Nelen for the top honors while Anne Terpstra, tipped as the successor to Turpin, finished third.

Belgian Sebastien Carabin took top honors in the under 23 category with Henk Jaap Moorlag in second ahead of Robby de Bock, Ruben Scheire and Niels Wubben. This year, Carabin showed his class at the European Championships, where he finished fourth, just off the podium. Despite his eighth place at the Worlds in Canada, Scheire only managed fourth place in the standings.

A sick Elise Marchal was not on hand to receive her award, which her father accepted instead on her behalf. The Belgian Marchal finished well ahead of Steffi Derveaux and Britt van den Boogaart. The talented racer was the national title winner for the second year in a row and finished fifth at the world championships in Canada. Next year will be her first year among the elites, where she will race in new Trek Team KMC colors.

The junior mountain biker of the year proved the toughest battle with strong riders from both Belgium and the Netherlands. Jeff Luyten took top honors ahead of world champion Michael Vander Heijden and Jens Schuermans, winner of the World Cup race in Val di Sole. Luyten captured his second national title in a row in Malmedy and nearly made the podium at the world championships in Canada. Next year, he moves up the ranks.

Other titles went to Tom Ingelgom (12 year olds), Arnaud Beeckman (13 year olds), Gianni Van Doninck (14 year olds), Gody Jacobs (masters 1), Nico Berckmans (masters 2), Ben Kindermans (Fun A), and Kevin Panhuyzen (beginners).

Finally, the Belgian Mountain Bike Moment of the year was chosen. Van Hoovels winning the Belgian title was awarded the best moment, which came along with a 250-euro prize.

Belgian and Dutch Mountain Bikers of the Year for 2010

Elite men
#Rider Name
1Kevin Van Hoovels
2Rudi Van Houts
3Nicolas Vermeulen
4Bas Peters
5Sven Nys

Elite women
#Rider Name
1Laura Turpijn
2Kristien Nelen
3Anne Terpstra
4Petra Mermans
5Rozanne Slik

Under 23 men
#Rider Name
1Sebastien Carabin
2Henk Jaap Moorlag
3Robby de Bock
4Ruben Scheire
5Niels Wubben

Junior men
#Rider Name
1Jeff Luyten
2Michiel van der Heijden
3Jens Schuermans
4Bart De Vocht
5Olivier Bruwiere

Junior women
#Rider Name
1Elise Marchal
2Steffi Derveaux
3Britt Van den Boogaart
4Lisa Schrooder
5Annelies Derveax

Belgian mountain bike moment of the year
#Rider Name
1Kevin Van Hoovels
2Kenny Belaey wins his fourth world title and finishes second among the elites
3Patrick Decridts' record
4Junior team's performance at the World Cup
5Duchenne Heroes in Leuven

Kids 12
#Rider Name
1Tom Van Ingelgom
2Jarne Driesen
3Alexander Bunn
4Arthur Baude
5Adrien Houbben

Kids 13
#Rider Name
1Arnaud Beeckman
2Cedric Luyckx
3Niels Derveaux
4Quentin Deby
5Jasper Knaeps

Kids 14
#Rider Name
1Gianni Van Donink
2Nick Vanpol
3Wout Alleman
4Scott Seykens
5Sébastien Laurent

Beginner
#Rider Name
1Kevin Panhuyzen
2Jens Van Rompaey
3Maxim Boulangier
4Boris Cara
5Jarno Weemaes

Masters 1
#Rider Name
1Gody Jacobs
2Geoffry Maes
3Gerrit Delfosse
4Filip Thijs
5Mark Donné

Masters 2
#Rider Name
1Nico Berckmans
2Patrick Wellens
3Ivan Porters
4Ronny Geerts
5André Fevrier

Fun A
#Rider Name
1Ben Kindermans
2Robin Porters
3Jurgen Van Vlasselaer
4Maarten Wauters
5Henk Thys