Our student organisation N.S.S.S.V. Lacustris was founded in 1993. Today we have more than 100 members and sport levels for beginners and advanced. We have the possibilty to join matches for every level, but there’s no obligation. Our home track is in Dukenburg, called Triavium. We have a variaty of sports you can join: ice skating, speed skating, running, cycling and core stability training. Aside from all the sports we also have a lot of ‘gezelligheids’ activities. Montly drinks, trainingweeks in the Netherlands and abroad, BBQ’s, Party’s and a lot more! If you’re interested or still have more questions feel free to get in contact with our board: email@example.com. You can always join us for a free try out training. Take a look on our site for more information about the trainingtimes.
The Board is responsible for everything in the association, so feel free to ask them everything!
Our club song is a Dutch song on the music of “Het Land van Maas en Waal“:
In de oudste stad
van het mooie Nederland,
stond ik eerst nog wat te bibberen
alleen langs de kant.
in mijn rechterhand,
stapte ik op ‘t ijs
Om me heen Lacustrianen,
want de snelste rondjes rijd je bij de club
van rood en zwart
Zwart en rood
Rood en zwart
Zwart en rood
Lacustris has three annual internal competitions, for which a challenge cup is awarded to the winner. These cups are the PB Cup, the Target Time Cup, and the Summer Cup.
The PB Cup is awarded at the end of the skating season to the person who achieved the largest number of personal bests (PBs) during that season. For this cup, only the PBs that have been skated at a regional race, an IUT, or a NSK count.
The Target Time Cup is awarded to the skater that manages to approximate his/her target times the closest. The target times have to be set before the start of the season, and again only regional races, IUTs, and NSKs count.
To keep skaters active even in the summer, we brought the Summer Cup into existence. The concept for winning this cup is very simple: the Lacustriaan who attends the most summer training sessions wins! As you can see, participating is (more important than) winning.
Approximately 2 minutes prior to the start, go to the starter aide. The aide will check if you have the appropriate armband and indicates when you should move to the start. Before heading to the start, make sure to get rid of any excess clothing. Usually the speaker will announce when riders should prepare for their race, but it is better to keep track of time yourself as well. In the case of a 500 meter race, it is best to start getting ready two quartets ahead of your race. In other words, if you are in pair number 9 (quartet 5) you should start preparing when pair number 5 (quartet 3) is at the starting line. For longer distances preparation time is less than 2 quartets, as races obviously take more time. When racing in Nijmegen, please note that the warm-up lane is extremely small and therefore not suitable for (safely) warming up. Make sure that you are warmed up extra well and take your time getting on the ice, as you will easily cool down prior to the race.
Make sure that you arrive at the track about one hour in advance, so you will have enough time to check the draw, do a proper warm-up, discuss your race with the coach, and do some warm-up laps on the ice.
Let us start with the startlist. A startlist (also called draw) can be quite confusing when seen for the first time, as it consists of a mix of numbers, colors, names and times (see example below). To the far left you will find the pair number, which is linked to the two names that make up the pair. Each rider is assigned a color, which corresponds to either the inner lane (white and yellow) or the outer lane (red and blue). Riders have to display their color using an armband on their right arm. Races are usually skated in quartets, with two pairs starting shortly after eachother.Additionally you will find each rider’s PR (personal best time) and ST (season best time) for that particular distance. Often the startlist is made based on the STs to assure evenly matched pairs.
Have you done everything stated above? In other words, did you register, do a warm-up, check the startlist, put on your suit and the right armband, and put on your (sharpened) skates? Then it is time to get on the ice! Make sure to start your warm-up on the ice 10-12 minutes before your race starts, so you can get a good feeling for the ice. In any case, do not start you warm-up too early, or you will risk getting cold again! Also, avoid spending too much energy during your warm-up, take it easy. For example, skate one or two easy laps, followed by a short acceleration and a practice start when preparing for a short distance. For longer distances, take a bit more time and replace the practice start with a couple of easy laps.
Registration for the BGP Regional Competition races (organized regularly at the Triavium) can be done on this site. Participation costs for these races are between 13 and 16 euros, depending on the distance. Registration for IUTs and NSKs is done via the organizing committee. Check the competition calendar for competition dates and where and when to register. As competitions have a maximum number of participants, there are often qualification rules. For IUTs, qualification is on a first come first serve basis, meaning that you will have to register soon after registration opens! Qualification for NSKs, however, is based on the skaters’ best season times.
Good to know: it is possible to get a partial refund of participation costs via the participation subsidy provided by the NSSR. Check this page for more information on this subsidy and how to apply for it.
A day license is sufficient for skating IUTs, NSKs, and up to 3 regional competition races. Day licenses for IUTs and NSKs are taken care of by the organizing committees, but not for the regional competition. To get a day license, you need a KNSB (Royal Dutch skating association) relation number. You should have received this number after becoming a Lacustris member. If not, please contact the competition secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org).To skate more than 3 regional competition races, you will need to apply for a competition license from the KNSB. In the past, this was done by the competition secretary, but due to regulatory changes license applications have to be done by the skaters themselves on the KNSB site. This license is also valid for skating marathons and short-track competitions and automatically expires after a year. Make sure to extend your license’s validity if you want to be able to keep skating competitions!
Winter trip Lacustris!
The last months we’ve been really busy with finding an amazing spot to travel to this winter! We will reveal this amazing location this Saturday at 12:00 pm. Refresh the homepage to find the location on this page! Until then, you can find some hints on our own instagram page: click here to go to our insta page.
The winter trip this December is going to….. Erfurt, Germany!! Here you’ll find the beautiful inside ice skating ring. One upside to join us: there will be an skating match, that we can join during our trip! You don’t want to mis this all! You will get an email coming days with more information, and the sign up forms (that opens tuesday).