Coming from an active family, Joris’ granddad competed locally and regionally in the amateur cycling scene; while his dad took up the sport later as a 32-year-old, which helped inspire Joris. Initially a footballer, Joris had the chance to sign with local Dutch first division side De Graafschap as a goalkeeper, but he wanted to stay at the cycling club alongside his friends. Well-humoured, Joris jokes that the switch was a good one.
“I wasn’t really tall so at the younger ages when the goal was small, I was good but then when the goal got bigger…it wasn’t for me anymore and I focused on cycling.”
By his own admission, 2022 was a tough opening year in the U23 category for Joris who suffered from injury and illness but despite that, he learned a lot from the season, and it helped to rekindle and spark his love for the sport once again, as he realised that he “just wanted to ride all the time.”