a conversation with...
The Mobel Sport - Cycle Sierra Nevada Scholarship was developed as a way to sponsor young cyclists that may not have opportunity or financial capacity to avail of a cycling training camp. In this section we take 5 minutes for a chat with one of the applicants selected for the 2018 program.
Luuk van Gestel - brabant - the netherlands
Who are you?
I am Luuk van Gestel and I am 17 years old.
What team do you ride for?
TWC het snelle wiel Bladel.
Why did you start cycling?
My dad is really in to cycling and when I turned 8 years old I was allowed to come and take a look at the cycling club. I liked the ambiance at the club and the fun during the training so I decided to stop my football career and become a cyclist.
Have you any sporting backgrounds apart from cycling?
I played some football when I was younger.
What type of cyclist are you? Do you compete in other disciplines, other than road cycling?
I am a fast rider that can survive little climbs. In the winter I ride on the track in Amsterdam.
Favourite piece of cycling equipment/kit?
My power meter.
Your greatest achievements on a bicycle?
Victory in the Dutch classic Omloop van Noordwest Overijssel.
Your favourite professional cyclist? (past and present)
Most memorable moment/stage win from professional cycling?
Tom Dumoulin: stage 9 Tour de France 2016.
Your favourite stage race and one day race? Why?
Paris-Roubaix because of the heroic cobblestone sections and De 8 van Bladel because it is my home race.
What's your current favourite music album/song?
I just listen the playlist 'chill hits' on Spotify.
Tell us something we don’t know about you already and you don’t mind the general public knowing?
I really like coffee rides ;)
Hopes and plans for the future?
I hope to participate at the world championships in Innsbruck 2018.