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 it’s a fun way to work on my weaknesses” highlights Arensman.

The 19-year old talent is a multi-time CX National Champion throughout the different categories of the discipline, and last year he took the win in the famous Koppenbergcross as he powered away in the last climb. “Short and intense efforts are a great way to build good condition quite fast. Of course, I’d be wrong if I say that it has the same effect as the long endurance rides on the road, but when you are at a phase of building your fitness, CX is one of the most efficient options. Also, it’s great from the mental point of view, as the length of the effort is way shorter and the environment you are in makes it less challenging mentally”.

Aside from building up your condition and base for the season, Arensman also highlights some benefits that thanks to a solid cross campaign he can transition into the road. “Above all for those riders who need to be fit early on in the season, it’s a great way to train, as once the cross season ends you will be feeling faster-sprinting legs and you will master short punchy efforts” points out Arensman.