After a long track season, I wanted to do one road race before taking a period of rest and preparation for the road season really to begin. I chose Ronde van Woensdrecht with the famous climb of Rijsende weg for this occasion.
On saturday Roel and I did our first ever tandem race together. It was also Roel's first ever track race, so there was some reason to be nervous. We knew we were both physically in good shape though, so we were confident we could set a good result anyway.
It's been a while since my last update, and a lot has happened since. I'm working hard to become a better tandem pilot, and Roel and me are getting used to each other and start to make some huge improvements. Below is a brief update on what has been going on lately, which includes my first ever track win.
The plan for the national track championships was to ride only the points race, with the goal to qualify for the final. Although I didn't make that goal, I did get a good result in another eThe next dayvent as I was asked to ride the 1 km TT as a tandem pilot for Tommy van den Eijnde at the very last moment.
From this past week, I'm now part of Paracycling team SAAM Cyclingteam. For now, I will join them during their training sessions at Sportpaleis Alkmaar every Wednesday and Friday, where we train from 10 in the morning till 3 in the afternoon, under supervision of trainer and former world champion Maria Jongeling. The intention is to prepare me for races as a tandem pilot, and with the team we work toward the Paralympic games of 2016 in Rio!
It's been a while since I last wrote an update, but here it is. I've bee rather busy with various kinds of things. I've done some track races, but apart from that I'm alos working hard to start up my own business. Here you can read all about that.
The Tuesday night madison races in Alkmaar have started, and because Marc Veldt, who will normally be my madison partner for this winter, was unable to race, I was paired to national track team member Dion Beukeboom for the occasion.
After an unsuccessful road season, with many injuries and a lot of tough luck, it is now time to switch from road to track. Because of all the injuries I have had, my fitness level is not where I wanted it to be yet. Still I started my track season this weekend, and will continue to build from where I am now.
Last Thursday I raced in Borne, where they had a comletely different circuit than the years before. The circuit was now completely cobbled, but the corners were a bit easier. Although I liked the old circuit a bit better, the new circuit is nice as well and because we were racing straight thrue the shopping mall, the atmosphere was great with many enthousiastic spectators.
Last Sunday I was finally able to race again after my crash in the local club race a few weeks ago. I was racing in Tour de Waard, a very fast criterium close to home with always a strong field and many spectators. Before the start I was a bit nervous because I didn't know how my body would respond to the high intensity of racing after being out for so long and racing so little this season.
In the last 2 days, I started 2 races after my crash 2 weeks ago. Unfortunately, I noticed I was not recovered from my injuries and have to be more patient.
It's been a while since I last updated this page, and a lot has happened in that time. I had many medical checks and was eventually cleared to race again. This was hard at first, as I was still recovering from whatever (probably a virus, but not confirmed) I had. But after a few weeks I started to get a lot sronger and I was able to get involved with some breakaways again and I felt ready to finally get some good results again during the summer. Unfortunately, that wasn't to be.
After a series of bad results and a continuing drop in form over the last month or so, the team staff and I both decided to stop racing for a while and get some medical testing done before I can get back to racing.
Although there were a few signs of improvement, my lack of form of the past few weeks continued to show in the Ronde van 't Zand.
Today in Ronde van de Kerspelen, I was confident before the start that my legs would be better than they have been in the last couple of weeks because I had been feeling good in training as well.
Unfortunately, my form is not improving the way I would want it to. In the race in Enkhuizen, this meant I was uable to follow the first group.
After managing to just hang on in Hengelo, I went to Waddinxveen knowing that this new lap would be a lot harder and the field a lot stronger. So I knew in advance I was in for a difficult task, but as I now had a full race in the legs since my injury I also expected to be stronger myself than I was 2 days before.
After a long time out of competition due to a muscle tear, I could finally make my comeback in the criterium in Hengelo, Ronde van de Vijver.