2020 has been very challenging at so many levels, and that created extra pressure on our performance staff to keep our riders motivated and most importantly, to keep them educated on and off the bike. ” It was not the season we all hoped for, but like always, we are kept on searching for the positive effect from all situations, and from that point, the 2020 season was very useful for the development of the Academy” points out our sports director, Dries Hollanders.
The results sheet proves Hollanders’ theory, as the Academy talents show up at the top of their shape in the first race of the season in early March, as well as the first races after the break. “The race approach was always perfect. In the two ‘season starts’ that we had, our riders were in perfect shape to ride immediately for the win. David Dekker won in Ster van Zwolle and Dorpenomloop Rucphen and Jordi Meeus took a back-to-back stage win at the Czech Tour. That proved that our work during the off periods was successful as we took the chance to improve our knowledge and experience in the eRacing side of things, and on all other aspects of cycling such as; nutrition, bike fitting, mental health …”
With the 2020 year almost in the books, Hollanders has his eyes and efforts set onto 2021. “Next season we will ride with a very young but talented team. The new additions have proven their value at the junior ranks, but now they have to take the next step in their development and continue their progress in the U23 category. 2021 will be an exciting year as well because of the Olympics Games, where we will be able to follow the progress of Corbin Strong in the track and Sean Flynn on MTB. Everyone in the team is really motivated, and despite we had a solid 2020 we want more next year”.