The Academy signs Thymen Arensman for the upcoming two years

Thymen Arensman, the current junior Dutch Cyclocross champion, will join the team for the next two seasons starting in 2018. The 17-year has finished his time as a junior and will debut in the U23 circuit as a rider of the SEG Racing Academy. “I have a very good feeling about joining the team. I am really attracted by the professionalism of the team and its staff as well as the international program that the races in. As a first year U23 everything will be about learning, and trying to improve and get better”, says Arensman who recently finished in 12th place in the junior time trial at the Worlds Championships. 

The young Dutchman started the the season claiming the national title in the junior cyclocross championships early in January, before sizing notable results on the road. Arensman finished in second place in the overall classification of Austria’s OberÖsterreich Juniorenrundfahrt and in the junior time trial at the national road race championships. He also took third in the GC of Internationale Niedersachsen-Rundfahrt, and finished in the Top 10 of the Nations Cup’s Trofeo Karlsberg. “Right know I considered myself as and all-rounder. I can climb, time trial and I like cobbles. But one of my challenges this year is see to what type of rider I can develop into” highlights Thymen. 

The international program that the Academy follows will allow Thymen to develop himself as a rider as a he will be able to test himself in a variety of terrains. “Because of my cyclocross background I think that I can go well on the cobbles, and Paris-Roubaix is a race that I really like. Also, I look forward to challenge myself in some GC courses with time trials and lots of climbing” says the ambitious Dutch rider, who represented The Netherlands in today’s junior road race in Bergen. Arensman animated the race and was only caught inside the last kilometer of the race after a brave effort. 

Bart van Haaren, Academy Manager, highlights the versatility of the young Dutchman: 
 
“We are looking forward to start working with Thymen. He showed his potential this year in several demanding races where he put some impressive results. Besides his CX focus in the winter, Thymen is a rider that goes well in a lot of different terrains. Together with the performance staff we will create an extensive plan to further discover and develop Thymen’s strengths.”