Rider Q and A

Q&A with Cees Bol


This month we asked you on our social media channels if you had any questions for fast-man Cees Bol. After returning back from a training ride in between the classics, Cees sat down to answer five of our favourites!

Q: What’s the biggest power figure you’ve ever produced and when?

A: That’s a tough one! I think it might have actually been at team camp when I did somewhere around 1900 watts (I think!) trying to beat our Italian rocket Dainese. Things got pretty competitive!

Q: What is your favourite race and why?

A: Another hard question but for me I think my favourite race on the calendar has to be Paris-Roubaix. It’s such a hard day and the saddle and of course it has the iconic finish in the velodrome which is pretty incredible.

Q: When did you start racing bikes? What got you into it?

A: I started when I was around seven years old. I first went to watch my older sisters training and I liked the look of it, so I ended up borrowing a race bike from someone. After that I joined and went back every week from that point. Shortly after that I also started doing some races and enjoyed them too so it just developed from there.

Q: How does it feel to be one of the fastest sprinters in the peloton and fighting for big wins?

A: It’s a good feeling to be able to fight for the win in any race. It is challenging and there are a lot of fast guys, but to know that I have a strong team on my side gives me the confidence and support I need to go for it.

Q: Who’s the funniest person in your training group NHB and what’s the funniest thing to have happened while riding together?

A: Hmmm that’s a tricky one but there are a few things that stand out. One of the funniest moments was when Julius van den Berg hid in one of the local tulip fields, completely camouflaged in his brand new kit. Or when Laurens Ten Dam said that he couldn’t eat any apple pie during the ride because he already had breakfast. Although you might have had to have been there for that one!