Unlock Your Potential with Mental Coaching

Meet Maarten, a dynamic force who, from his early days as an energetic skateboarder and athlete, ventured into a diverse range of sports—speed skating, football, and mountain biking among them. His pursuit of excellence led him to the world of competitive sports, aiming for the Olympic Games in Athens 2004 as a speed skater before transitioning to mountain biking.

Beyond the roads and trails, Maarten continued his intellectual pursuit, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Engineering, specializing in innovation management in 2003. This educational milestone marked a turning point, propelling him to fully commit to his cycling career.

After the Olympic qualification period, Maarten began to realize the need for a shift, steering his focus toward road cycling to secure a future in sports. Discovering the crucial role of mental resilience in his athletic journey, Maarten delved into Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) with the guidance of his mentor, Bouke de Boer. This pivotal shift in focus proved instrumental, propelling him to the position of 1st reserve for the Olympics.

Balancing an 83 kg physique in the demanding Tour de France requires more than physical strength—it demands an unwavering mental fortitude. Maarten’s journey reached new heights when he secured a remarkable 3rd place in Paris Roubaix in 2011, a testament to his exceptional physical and mental resilience.

With 11 grand tours under his belt, Maarten retired in 2016, equipped with a toolbox of experiences. However, his journey in mental training didn’t end there. Specializing in NLP, he obtained certifications as a practitioner, master practitioner, and coach—solidifying his status as a seasoned professional.

‘Connect to what truly matters’

“Connect to what truly matters,” Maarten emphasizes. In his view, the mind, not the body, dictates limits. His career is a living testament to the idea that mental resilience is as trainable as physical strength. To stretch your boundaries, Maarten believes you must connect with what truly matters in life. Whether it’s understanding the essence of trust or unlocking the mental aspects of your potential, Maarten is here to guide you.

Curious about how Maarten can help you tap into your mental strengths? Reach out and email Maarten at

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