Arensman talks about using CX as road preparation

In winter it's usual to find our Thymen Arensman with is cross bike on his shoulder running around a muddy, wet and cold track. The young Dutchman, who as from summer next year he will move up to the professional ranks with Team Sunweb, is planning to take on a series of cyclocross races as he get ready for the 2020 season. "Racing and training for cross it helps me a lot for road racing. It's a really intensive and explosive effort and that push it's something I miss on the road, so…continue reading →

Get to know … Harrison Wood

It takes a special mindset to leave everything behind and join one of the most prestigious development programs in France, AVC Aix-En-Provence. Harrison Wood's story is one in a kind that started in football pitch before realizing his passion for cycling. How and when did you start cycling?From the age of 5 to 13 I was actually an academy footballer with the local professional football team. I only ever really rode for fun albeit regularly with a local cycling club called Mid Devon Cycling Club. When I was 13 years old the academy…continue reading →

Get to know … Maikel Zijlaard

Maikel Zijlaard is coming back home! After a two-year stint in USA's Hagens Berman Axeon, the talented Dutchman is back to home soil ready to keep on developing himself as a bike rider. With cycling being part of his family for a long time, the 20-year old looks back to his early days in the sport. How and when did you start cycling?I started cycling when I was a young boy as cycling has been always connected to my family. It was easy to grow into the sport and I fell in love…continue reading →

Hartley: “It was really easy to settle into the Academy”

Our Adam Hartley was recruited by the Academy last winter, and during 2019 he enjoyed his first season with the team. The talented British climber showed strong form in the second part of the season as he wrapped up solid GC results. "Looking back on my personal 2019, I know that I had some ups and downs but I can be satisfied. I got some strong results for myself whilst gaining experience and helping the team to victory. It was easy to settle into the team because all riders got on well together,…continue reading →

Get to know … David Dekker

Becoming the current U23 Dutch National Road Race champion was the icing in the cake for David Dekker, who started his cycling journey back in 2005 at just seven years of age. The Dutch Rider talks us through his early days in the sport, as well as what are the most valuable lessons that he has learned in what has been almost a lifetime in the cycling world. How and when did you start cycling?I started riding a race bike when I was 7 years old in 2005. I only was allowed to…continue reading →

Q&A with Dries Hollanders

DS and Performance Coach, Dries Hollanders, just wrapped up his third season with the Academy. Our Belgian Sports Director looks back to the overall performance level of the team throughout 2019, and hits already the key points to improve for event a more successful 2020.  - How do you look back to the season, performance-wise? For the 3rd year in a row, we were able to increase all aspects of cycling. We established ourselves as the top development team in Europe, not only with results at the races, but also by making all…continue reading →
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