Name: Marit Raaijmakers Date of Birth – 2nd June 1999 Nationality – Dutch 2020 Team – ParkHotel Valkenburg Former Teams – None Career Achievements – 1st National Track Championships – Derny race (2017 & 2019) 2nd European Track Championships – Derny race (2019), National Track Championships – Madison (2019), National Championships TT Juniors (2017) 3rd National Track Championships – Madison (2017 & 2018), National Track Championships – Points race (2017) 6th GC Healthy Ageing Tour (Nations Cup) (2017), World Championships TT Juniors (2017) 9th Stage Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour (2019)
Who taught you to ride and bike & how old were you?
My dad, both my parents were cyclists back in the day & my dad has always been my biggest supporter since I started cycling at the age of 10.
What was your first proper road bike & what colour was it?
My first road bike was a shiny white, 26″ inch, Focus.
What’s your favourite routes/places to ride?
My favourite place to ride is Schoorl. That’s a dune reserve with lots of MTB tracks and cycle paths near to home.
What tips do you have to keep the love of cycling going amidst all the training?
Diversity. I train in different disciplines to keep it fun. Road, track and mountain biking.
What experiences are still to do on your cycling ‘bucket list’?
Strade Bianche and La Course (both of which I will ride this season if everything goes to plan) and the Elite World Championships on the road.
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