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The AA Class leaderboard was also the one where teams from the world champion country dominated. Phoenix from Belgium had to fend off four teams from the Netherlands to win the category, and especially Bad Habits were fighting back strongly.
The number of Belgian teams at the Tomscat Trophy increased significantly this year. Six teams from Belgium made the trip across the soft border between the two neighboring countries into the Netherlands. Last year, only Ayro had competed for the Belgium delegation at the Tomscat Trophy, two teams in 2017.
Only ISR Thunder was a visiting team from Belgium before that, although two team members were Dutch citizens. However, Thunder ISR was officially competing for Belgium and won the AAA Class competition at the Tomscat Trophy consecutively between 2011 and 2015. AA Class winner Phoenix is now the second Belgian team winning gold medals in the event's history.
July 6th, 2019
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They had a revitalizing reunion with original Cool Runnings member Mike Lake last weekend, and Laura Surink was invited to join the party.
Laura Surink and Mike Lake both have no competition experiences in the AAA Class. Mike Lake was not in the active Cool Runnings lineup any longer when the team decided to use the Dutch invitation to compete for the Netherlands in Prostejov 2014. Cool Runnings had started in the Rookie Class of 2007 and continued in A and AA before the 2013 lineup (René Hoogland, Joost van Heijenoort, Tom van der Valk, Sjoerd van Son, Jeroen van Dijk on camera) decided to make the last step into the AAA Class.
Surprisingly even for themselves, they ended up as the Dutch national 4-way team for 2014 and traveled to the world meet in Prostejov, Czech Republic.
FAI World Meet 2014
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Cool Runnings attended nine outdoor meets in 2013 and 2014 in the AAA Class, including the world meet and the ESL Championship, before slowing down. They still had their annual reunions at a few meets between 2015 and 2017 before the colorful and historic team name disappeared from any leaderboards in 2018.
Cool Runnings continued to compete in the AAA Class whenever the AAA-trained 2013/2014 lineup was available, with one exception at the ISR Grand Prix 2014.
Last weekend, the lineup mix of AAA and RRR/A/AA members had their revitalizing reunion in the AA Class and finished exactly in the middle of the field.