Arensman takes third in the U23 CX Nationals
While the rest of his teammates are enjoying some shining sun and blue skies in Loutraki, Thymen Arensman raced today in Surhuisterveen the U23 CX Dutch National Championships. Under rainy and windy conditions our 18-year old and first year competing in the U23 ranks, powered to third in the race. 

Today’s parcour presented a tough battle to all participants with mud making things harder from the very beginning. Our first year U23 showed his power early on and after overcoming some crashes of his rivals, Arensman quickly joined the leading trio. The three youngsters rode together for the most of the day leaving all his rivals way behind. Our 18-year old went deep in some sections and tried to attack and go solo for the win.  In the final lap of the course a hard accelaration by the eventual winner and U23 World Champion, Joris Nieuwenhis, made the difference with our youngster crossing the line in third place. 

Today’s result in his first ever U23 Nationals highlights the steady progression that Arensman is having. He is seizing strong results in the U23 cyclocross ranks this season, with efforts in the World Cup such as a seventh in Zeven, Germany. After today’s performance the talented Dutch youngster shows that his preparation is on the right track ahead of the Valkenburg World Championships in early February. 

Thymen Arensman, 5-time CX  National Champion in different categories, looks back to his effort in the race: 

“I felt really good throughout the race. My start was really good but someone made a mistake in front of me in the first mud part so I lost some time on the other U23 riders. Luckily, I came back real quick, maybe too quick, and needed to recover a bit. Because I went so deep I made a lot of mistakes on the technical parts and needed to chase on the heavy mad/walking parts, were I felt that I was better. I rode for the victory at all times, and I attacked in several sections but couldn’t get a significant gap. We rode around 70 minutes today, the last 5 were too much for me as last year as a junior I rode 40 minutes. I can only be happy after finishing as the third U23 rider and eighth overall. Now it is time to rest and keep on working.”