Markelo, Netherlands
Position in the team
Sports, holidays, nice dinners
Favourite food
Favourite holiday destination
Northern Italy
Favourite race
Hammer Series - all of them!

Before starting the then Team Skil-Shimano in 2008, Iwan Spekenbrink was heavily involved in sports management & marketing, being active himself and growing up very happily in his family.

Now as the CEO of Team DSM, Iwan remains passionate about sports and working with a group of people on one united mission; these are the two pillars behind the origins of his work with the team.

Iwan’s passion for the sport was first ignited when he was younger, watching the TV in awe as athletes battled tough and majestic climbs in demanding sunny and hot weather conditions. A cycling superstar living close by in the small village where he was raised also added to his interest.

“Hennie Stamsnijder lived just a few doors away and was a close family friend since I was born. Watching his successes from a close distance certainly helped spark my passion for the sport.”

Iwan is highly sensitive towards honesty and for himself and others to do the right thing for the sport of cycling, and in life. When asked of his professional dream, Iwan is a man on a mission with three very clear goals. The first of which being the establishment of a completely new Team Time Trial World Championship format, organised for and in partnership with both men and women teams.

“Next, I want to contribute to reforming the sport of cycling through engaging broader audiences worldwide, as well as a new generation of fans, in order to help the sport’s economical growth and make it much more sustainable. Through this, teams with their riders and personnel will get a much better place in the model, which they deserve.”

Iwan’s final goal is to contribute to a clean and credible sport of cycling, and ensure that cycling is the absolute frontrunner and example for other sports in these regards.

Outside of work Iwan is a family man and enjoys taking a step back from his busy lifestyle to spend time with his friends and family. He also enjoys riding his bike and participating in other sports, enjoying nature and indulging in nice dinners with good friends.