Thymen Arensman: “I expect to learn a lot this season”
After a great run in the cross season, where he powered to third in his first ever U23 Dutch Nationals and and performed consistently in the World Cup, Thymen Arensman is showing his talents on the road as well. Fresh off his first experience in Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the 18-year old is currently combining his training sessions with school work. “The first part of the season has been hectic for me. I had some long days at schools in which I had to train as well, but together with Dries Hollanders (Team DS and Performance Coach) we made a really good training plan and it is going really” highlights the young Dutch talent. But according to Arensman the toughest part of the training program it is not the hours on the bike, above all is the mental part the one the is the most challenging. “It is always quite difficult to combine school and training, but working with Dries helps me a lot in the mental preparation, all in all I am not racing a lot so it is important to keep a good regime of training and be ready for the races”. 

The multiple times National Champion in different CX categories completed a great performance in last Saturday’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Arensman jumped into the breakaway of the day and was upfront for most of the race, but that did not stop him from seizing a strong 17th place in his first ever participation in the race. “Riding a race like Liège-Bastogne-Liège it is very special because you ride in the same parcours as the pros. It was a very hard day with a lot of climbing, but when you are in the break and arrive to the velodrome with one of the first groups makes all the suffering go away. Seeing myself in that spot fills me with a lot of confidence coming into the next races”. 

Precisely talking about the coming races and personal goals Arensman has one clear ambition, learning as much as possible. “I expect to learn a lot this season, I am in the right place and environment so I want to take the most of this opportunity. I could see that my climbing skills were not bad, but for sure that there can be some improvement in that, and many other on-the-bike aspects. I am happy with how things are going on right now, and I know that once the school year is over I will be able to devote more time to training and therefore improve”.