13 years ago Sven Burger rode a mountain bike for the first time around Alkmaar at his brother’s birthday party, and he instantly felt a special connection with it. From that age, until he entered the U23 ranks Sven’s main focus was mountain biking, and became part of the KNWU Olympic Training Center (National Olympic Development team for Tokyo 2020), after racing during three years for Merida-Bassa Biking Team.
When the switch to road racing came in 2016, the current 21-year joined the Dutch club Wielervereniging Noord-Holland with whom he completed the first two years in the category. With the aim of bringing his development to the next level, the talented Dutchman joined Wielerploeg Groot-Amsterdam (WPGA) before being granted the opportunity in June of taking the next step at a cycling and personal level by joining Austria’s Tirol Cycling Team, for the remainder of the season. This past season was just the confirmation of the constant progression of the Dutch rider. His stage win and third place overall in the Carpathian Race, powering to sixth in the U23 Dutch Nationals TT and the selection to represent the Dutch national team in the past Tour de l’Avenir are just strong proves that he’s on the right track.
Despite his late start in the road racing discipline, Burger highlights the importance and the well-organization of the development teams as something crucial to enjoy riding your bike and be better every day. “It is really important to prioritize the work well-done ahead of moving up too quick to a major division. For example, at WPGA you can ride an amazing good program where you can develop yourself without any pressure and you’re able to make and learn from your mistakes, what is ideal for young riders. This year I’ve shown that it’s possible that you can move up during the season to the continental level and being able to perform well in the hardest U23. The most important part is that you have fun and enjoy what you do but also develop yourself by doing a study besides it. And be grateful for all the voluntary people who make it possible to let you try to make your dream come true”.