Is the first time you have had support from the Dave Rayner Fund?
No, this will be my 3rd year of funding. Without the fund, I simply wouldn’t be able to get on that crossing over to Belgium and race for the season. I’m so thankful for what they do for us young riders.
What is your cycling history?
I got my first road bike when I was 10 years old. My dad and I used to ride a short local loop every Sunday after I played my football game. I then quit the football and began to take the cycling a bit more seriously. I started to progress and get better and stronger. I raced more and more and learnt the hard way because i was a lot smaller then everyone! It wasn't till I was a junior that I really started winning anything. I then decided to stay in education and finish college to then become a full time bike rider on an American Continental Team.
What team are you joining?
In 2018 I’m riding once again for Baguette-MIBA-INDULEK-Derito CT
Tell us a bit about your team.
Last year the team was one of the most successful teams in Belgium. We race UCI, inter clubs and kermis’s. The calendar is excellent.
What is your race programme looking like?
I started the season over in Australia with a big block of training and intertwined racing. Took some podiums and top 5s over there so heading into Belgium with some pro kermis’s and inter clubs.
Where are you going to live?
I’ll be living once again above the Doltcini head quarters, in Herzele. About 1.5km from Zottegem.
What bike will you be riding and who supplies the team kit?
This year I’ll be riding a Thompson Capella with Shimano Ultegera Di2. A true, solid Belgian bike.
Do you have any other interests outside of cycling?
I love coffee too much. I also enjoy photography and travelling.