Curacao Cycling Events is a foundation that was established in 2019, with the aim of preserving and promoting cycling and MTB races on Curacao. The board of the foundation consists of Ewold de Maar (chairman), Robert Potveer (secretary) and Ed de Knegt (treasurer). The foundation is organizing the Kärcher Coral Estate Classic and Kärcher Duo Xtreme in 2019 and hopes to be able to further expand the activities to promote cycling on Curacao, both among adults and among the youth.
The Coral Estate Classic and the Curaçao Duo Xtreme are 2 mountain bike races that have been organized on Curaçao for many years. Both competitions take place at Banda Abou, the western part of the island. The first Coral Estate Classic took place in 2006, with start and finish on top of the mountain at the Coral Estate porter’s lodge. In recent years the start-finish has been located around the beautiful Coral Estate Center with the restaurants Karakter and Koraal.
The Curaçao Duo Xtreme was once set up by cycling association Pedal Pushers under the inspiring leadership of Clotilde Vicente of VistaBike. During the past years, this toughest mountain bike race in Curaçao has become one of the biggest sporting events in Curaçao. The special thing about this race is that you drive as a couple and the end time is determined by the last of the couple who crosses the finish line.
In 2016, the Curaçao Duo Xtreme threatened to be canceled. With the help of a number of local sponsors and hand and baiting services from Ewold and Marc de Maar, the competition, with start and finish at the Blue Bay Resort, continued at the last minute.
In 2017 and 2018, the Coral Estate Classic and the Curaçao Duo Xtreme were part of the Curaçao Cycling Week. An initiative of father and son de Maar and marketing agency 1609bold from Zuidlaren. Thanks in part to this agency, a number of quality hits were made, such as the use of social media, exposure in Europe, online registration and electronic timekeeping.
From an organizational point of view, there was much more cooperation with local associations and the Curaçao Cycling Events Foundation emerged from this collaboration. This foundation was established for the organization of bicycle events in Curaçao, for both road bike and MTB. From November 2019, the KÄRCHER Coral Estate Classic (on November 10) and the KÄRCHER Duo Xtreme (on November 17) will again be organized as two separate competitions.