It all started in 1996 on a rented mountain bike. I was fascinated by the technique of off-road riding, both uphill and downhill, the sport offers a huge range of challenges. I bought my first mountain bike, a GT-Talera, after a training camp with from STW (Schaats Trainingsgroep Wageningen). With a good friend I went on a mountain bike holiday in the Czech Republic and back in the Netherlands I proposed to test whether we had become stronger during a race in Oosterbeek. Here I became 27th out-of-the-blue among the elite, it was an open game where Bart Brentjens won. Then we, the group of the holiday, drove along in Rhenen where I achieved my first victory. Ice skating became cycling in the woods! The fact that I immediately joined a team and got all my equipment (instead of having to buy it all) was a huge boost in my sporting career. I put more time into cycling than I already put into skating, with the result: I entered the national selection.
Houffalize Worldcup XC or Cape Epic Cant choose ;-)
Trek Domane SLR 7
Trek SuperCaliber XC
With Children (Sven and Nina)
Bringing people in to movement. Answering the question, what moves you?
Everyone has a 'topsport mentality'
The mind gives up, the body only sends signals.
I was fighting to stay in the wheel, it felt like everyone was against me. My whole body was sore, my legs filled with lactic acid, my bike felt like it was dragging over the asphalt and my components where turning against me, smelling my sweat of fear. Fear of losing my jersey, virtually i had already lost it, but in real life i was still wearing it. The mountain was long, the gradient was 4%. I got this far because of the downhills, every day we had to digest the climbs. After that the reward was a long and swift descent to the finish.
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