Born in the Netherlands, I grew up on a bicycle from young age. You learn how to get around on a bicycle as soon as you know how to walk. So using bicycles for transportation is very normal in the Netherlands. I only started Mountain Biking when I moved to South Africa, obviously because there are no mountains in the Netherlands.
Besides cycling I love any active outdoor sports: hiking, road & trail running, rollerskating, yoga, sailing, etc. I have done many long distance (80-200 km) walking events in the Netherlands. I climbed Kilimanjaro together with my twin sister September 2017. Started trail running beginning of 2020. Completed my first Ultra 44 KM trail race in Addo Elephant National Park March 2021. The mountains are my absolute favourite place. So any excuse to go and get out, and you’ll find me somewhere on the trails.
My current goal is to improve my technical skills & endurance on the MTB.
I would love to get better at cross country so I can start with multiple day bike packing trips. South Africa is a beautiful destination to cycle across different provinces & scenery. I am very looking forward to emerge and enjoy the nature even more on two wheels!