Athlete Biography

Impairment Details
He was born with a shorter left upper leg and no ligaments in his left knee. He is also missing bones in his right leg, and his right lower leg and foot were amputated in 2008.

Start of sporting career
He took up the sport at age 13.

To win a gold medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

He trains for 15-25 hours a week.

Most memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in hand cycling at a 2011 World Cup race in Spain. “This victory is special, because I wasn’t the strongest but tactically I was the smartest.”

Sporting philosophy / motto
“Win or lose - it’s your choice how hard you will work for it.”

In March 2014 he was named Sportsman of the Year for 2013 of the Nieuwkoop community in The Netherlands.

He hopes to compete in both para-cycling and para-triathlon at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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Competition Highlights

World Championships
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Paralympic Games
4H4 - Road Race2012London, GBR
8H4 - Time Trial2012London, GBR
Road World Championships
3H4 - Road Race2013Baie-Comeau, QC, CAN
8H5 - Road Race2014Greenville, SC, USA
10HCC - Road Race2009Bogogno, ITA
11H4 - Time Trial2011Roskilde, DEN
18HCC - Time Trial2009Bogogno, ITA
DNFH4 - Road Race2011Roskilde, DEN
Castiglione della Pescaia
2H5 - Road Race2014Castiglione della Pescaia, ITA
4H5 - Time Trial2014Castiglione della Pescaia, ITA
International Para-cycling Cup - Cantimpalos
3H5 - Road Race2014Cantimpalos, ESP
3H4 - Road Race2013Matane, QC, CAN
7H4 - Time Trial2013Matane, QC, CAN

Athlete Language: Dutch, English

Athlete Other Sports: He competes in para-cycling and para-triathlon at international level.

Athlete Education: Technical Studies

Athlete Hobbies: Swimming, motocross.

Athlete Children: Partner Berit Gunderson

Athlete Injuries: In May 2013 he had appendicitis and needed an operation to remove his appendix. He was out for two weeks as a result.

Athlete Coach: Fedor Hes [national, cycling]; Bas de Bruin [national, triathlon]; Kees van Breukelen [personal]; Guido Vroomen [personal]; Johan Versluijs [personal, strength and conditioning]

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