Name: Natalie van Gogh Date of Birth – 14th September 1974 Nationality – Dutch 2020 Team – Chevalmeire Cycling Former Teams – Biehler Pro, ParkHotel Valkenburg, Team Ibis Cycles, Specialized – DPD Parcel Service Career Achievements – 1st Trofee Maarten Wynants (2015), Stage Lotto Belgium Tour (2015) 2nd Dwars door de Westhoek (2017), Ronde van Gelderland (2016), Ronde van Overijssel (2015), KOM Jersey Boels Ladies Tour (2017) 3rd EPZ Omloop van Borsele (2019) 4th Rabobank 7-Dorpenomloop Aalburg (2017), National Championships Road Race (2015), National Championships Time Trial (2012) 5th Le Samyn (2018), Ronde van Overijssel (2014), National Championships Time Trial (2013)
What was your first proper road bike & what colour was it?
My first road bike was a steel bike from the brand Duell in the colour Bianchi celeste green. I still have the frame stashed away in the back of my shed hoping to create a fixie with it one day.
What’s the most important piece of kit/advice that has helped boost your performance?
Definitely must be when I started using a powermeter. Of course, you also need a trainer who is knowledgeable to use the data which comes from the powermeter and has training schedules based on wattage.
What’s your favourite routes/places to ride?
To be honest, I think I still have to encounter that spot. But places like Sweden or the UK are top of places that I have been.
What tips do you have to keep the love of cycling going amidst all the training?
Meet up with friends or co-riders to do rides in places where you haven’t been before. It makes it so much easier to do the long hours.
What experiences are still to do on your cycling ‘bucket list’?
There are so many places where you can bike (even just for fun) so that list would be endless. I think the list is longer than I have time for in this life.
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