… retiring from racing

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It took a while, but I think I can finally answer the question. Can you still become a top athlete even when you’re in your thirties? Yes, you can!

It’s been an amazing adventure, my life as a cyclist. Six unforgettable years in the women’s peloton have changed my life forever. It’s gotten so much better.

Who could have ever thought I would be part of the best cyclists of the world, like in the spring of 2013? The World Cups in those months are without a doubt the highlight of my career: 8th in Ronde van Drenhte, 14th in Trofeo Alfredo Binda and 19th in Flèche Wallonne.

My body is capable of things I never expected it to. My mind is stronger than I ever thought it would be. I got to know myself in a way I could have never imagined. I fell, got up again and went on: what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger really is the truth.

Riding my bike has made me a happier person.

That’s the feeling I have now I say goodbye to the peloton. Not because I don’t feel like racing anymore, but because it’s time for new things in life.

From the 1st till the 6th of September the Holland Ladies Tour will be the final race of my career. A big thanks to the lovely girls and staff of Team Parkhotel Valkenburg, for giving me an unforgettable last season in the peloton.

And also a big thanks to you, dear reader, for having followed me.

Over the last couple of years, I have received so many beautiful, funny and touching words from people I don’t know. Absolutely priceless.

Of course I won’t disappear in thin air now. I will keep writing my columns and maybe you’ll see me on TV every once in a while. I will always keep riding my bike ánd share my love for the bike. Maybe even with you. From the beginning of next year you can join my cycling adventures, in the Girona area in Spain.

Thank you, lovely people, for everything.


P.S. Would you like to keep informed about these plans, please leave your details below.

» jonas l said (30 Aug, 2015) :

Would like to ride with you in Girona. Been there twice but never ridden there. 🙂

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