Hundreds of people said goodbye to Bibian Mentel on Saturday morning by forming a hedge of honor along the route of the funeral procession.

The three-time Paralympic snowboard champion died from cancer on Monday at the age of 48 and will be cremated on Saturday.

Mentel's farewell in Crematorium Laren takes place in a closed circle.

The family therefore decided to share the route of the funeral procession, so that friends, acquaintances and other interested parties would also have the opportunity to say goodbye to her.

That route started at 9 a.m. in Loosdrecht and ran via Hilversum to the crematorium in Laren.

The funeral procession, consisting of five white limousines, arrived there around 10:00 AM.

Mentel was then carried inside by soldiers.

"Stick to the corona measures and treat each other with respect and love. Together, let's give Bibian a beautiful, respectful goodbye and the love she deserves," wrote the Mentel-founded Mentelity Foundation on Thursday announcing the farewell route.

Mentel first had to deal with bone cancer twenty years ago.

The disease kept returning, but time and again she managed to recover and also excel at a winter sport.

At the beginning of March it became known that new metastases in the brain had been discovered in Mentel and that there was no longer a treatment plan.

Bibian Mentel's farewell will take place in private on Saturday.

The farewell route started at 9:00 am in Loosdrecht.

Bibian Mentel's farewell will take place in private on Saturday.

The farewell route started at 9:00 am in Loosdrecht.

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Hundreds of people gathered along the funeral procession route to say goodbye.

Hundreds of people gathered along the funeral procession route to say goodbye.

Photo: BrunoPress

Some people put a flower on the hood as a tribute.

Some people put a flower on the hood as a tribute.

Photo: BrunoPress

The funeral procession arrived at the crematorium in Laren just before 10:00 am and was welcomed with applause.

The funeral procession arrived at the crematorium in Laren just before 10:00 am and was welcomed with applause.

Photo: BrunoPress

Bibian Mentel was carried inside by soldiers and under the watchful eye of her loved ones.

Bibian Mentel was carried inside by soldiers and under the watchful eye of her loved ones.

Photo: BrunoPress

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