Social media reaction from riders, teams and fans: Hammer Series Sportzone Limburg image
Social media reaction from riders, teams and fans: Hammer Series Sportzone Limburg

The first-ever Hammer Series event was settled by a single second in a gripping team-v-team battle between Team Sky and Team Sunweb in Limburg.

Sunday’s Hammer Chase provided a fitting end to three intense, exciting days of racing at Hammer Sportzone Limburg after Movistar Team won the Hammer Climb on Friday and Trek-Segafredo claimed the Hammer Sprint on Saturday.

The three days of action attracted more than 2 million views online as fans were gripped by an innovative, intense racing format that tests riders’ conditioning and team strategy in new ways.

Here is just some of the social media reaction from riders, teams and fans:

“Absolutely fantastic racing! Edge of the seat stuff all race every race. Chapeau to the organizers for pulling off a fabulous first time event and to the riders who really got into the racing.” (Frank van Doorn, Facebook)

“Loved this. It was such a different way to see these guys compete. PLEASE keep doing it.” (Nicolas Restrepo, Facebook)

“That was such a fantastic event, thank you to all the Hammer and Velon teams, the riders and most of all, to the fans who came to watch!!! The race formats are driving some seriously good cycling to watch, especially the Hammer Chase. Exciting, well-organised and you get really, really close to the teams, much closer than you would at one of the Classics or a grand tour. Looking forward to the next time I hear the call to action: “It’s Hammer Time”!” (Clive Van Hilten, Facebook)

“Great 3 days, love to see this in Yorkshire!” (Andrew Bell, Facebook)

“Absolutely brilliant finish to 3 days racing. Bet you couldn’t have wished for it to be any closer! Really enjoyed it.” (Liz Miller, Facebook)

“Nice. Looking forward to seeing this in the Stavanger, Norway area next year.” (Bjørn Thomas Bergsaker, Facebook)

“This is actually turning out to be one of the most exciting races I’ve watched this year.” (Zack Morris, Facebook)

“This race format is brilliant. It would be amazing being there to watch.” (Trent Standen, Facebook)

“Congratulations Hammer series brilliant weekend of racing in the most friendly bike city of Holland. This is clearly the start of something new. See you next year on Sportzone Limburg.” (Richard Meijers, Facebook)

“Love this series and how they use technology to share it with everyone.” (Al Chapman, Facebook)

“What a race! What a sprint!” (김성현, South Korea, Facebook)

“Congratulations Hammer series brilliant weekend of racing. This is clearly the start of something new.” (Mavis Evans, Facebook)

“Fantastic race!!! Love the TTT chase format – very exciting!” (Hélène Barrette, Facebook)

“Really enjoyed watching this first Hammer Series, hope to see many more Series added in the coming years, really a great format for the future of racing (making it more spectator friendly and exciting).” (Francis Renneboog, Facebook)

“Super fun to watch, thanks for thinking it up!” (Aroma CP, Facebook)

“Fantastic concept and couldn’t have had a better ending.” (David Hammer, Facebook)

“Great start to the series… savage racing, the last day racing, the Chase …. Pity all racing didn’t have a finish like that.” (Pat Forde, Facebook)

“Really pleased to witness the birth of this new concept, I really do like it and that type of race certainly has a future in modern cycling.” (Vincent Martin, Facebook)

“Great series and looking forward to more… Also great to see you’re not afraid to experiment with formats.” (Jeroen van Leeuwen, Facebook)

“The climax to the Hammer Chase, was one of the most exciting cycling races I’ve ever been privileged to watch. Brilliant format and SKY the worthy winners! THANK YOU.” (Barbara Powell, Facebook)

“Love this series and how they use technology to share it with everyone.” (Al Chapman, Facebook)

Keep reading:

Hammer Chase: Race report

Hammer Chase: Data summary

Hammer Sprint: Race report

Hammer Sprint: On-board highlights

Hammer Sprint: Data summary

Hammer Climb: Race report

Hammer Climb: What they said

Hammer Climb: Data summary