Ellen Van Dijk
She started speed skating at 5, which may sound sort-of extreme to people from any other country but the Netherlands. But for Dutch kids, it’s pretty run-of-the-mill. When she was about ten years old, she started cross training on the bike and by age fifteen, she’d done her first national race.
It wasn’t until the Junior World Championships in 2004 that she first started to believe in herself. The course had a big climb and she doesn’t fancy herself much of a climber. She thought she wouldn’t do anything at all except maybe just stay with the pack to the end. But she ended up taking home a bronze medal that day.
She is a developing young rider with a lot of potential and a lot of power. Last year she won the Tour of Qatar and a stage of the Holland Ladies Tour. This year she’ll be focusing on the Olympic time trial and the team pursuit on the track. Plus, the World Championship TTT in the Netherlands.
|Born||11th February 1987|
|Strengths on Bike||Time Trials, Flat races|
|Winner of Sparkassen Giro 2010|
|Two time World Cup Champion, Copenhagen WC 2009|
|1st place - Best Young Rider Classification Qatar 2009|
|World champion in the Scratch Race 2008|
|European champion 23 time trial 2008|
|European champion 23 scratch & points race 2008|
|National champion individual pursuit & time trial 2007|
|3rd World Championships juniors road 2005|
A Ride with Specialized Lululemon 2013-Blog by Ellen Van DijkJanuary 5, 2013
The first training camp for the new season is behind us. I had a great time with all the staff, sponsors, media, Specialized dealers and of course with my teammates. We made a lot of hours on the bike and riding together is one of the best ways to get to know your teammates. Let me take you on a training ride with my teammates so you also can get to know them a bit better.
In 2013 the team has an American license, which means most of the riders are from the States. And that is pretty AWESOME. AMAZING. FANTASTIC. And FABULOUS! I love to be around my chatty US teammates, but timing is crucial; their stories might not interest me that much anymore after 4 hours when I’m suffering like a dog on a hill. Therefore my tactic is to start a long ride next to one of them. You’ll be ensured from great entertainment with their endless stories and before you know it you’ve ridden for 3 hours.
Ally is a great one to start with. She always has the greatest stories, ranging from rock climbing to hunting adventures. About juicing, making her own bars (they are awesome!), or just about ‘one of her friends’ (she has a lot). My conversations with Evie have a bit of a different character most of the time. She loves Dutch words and her favourite is ‘swaffelen’. You can google the meaning, in case you’re interested (18+). One of her biggest wishes is to once go to the ‘National Swaffel Day’ in the Netherlands. Evie and I are teammates already for 4 years and all this time I thought it would be hard to find somebody who can talk more than she does. Until I met Carmen. Carmen has been a math teacher, and has a broad interest in anything you can possibly talk about. You’ll hear her always talking somewhere in the background on the ride and just when you think there really is nothing more to say about a certain subject, she will go on.. ‘And so…’
Our other new recruit Tayler, isn’t very typical American in my eyes. She doesn’t say as much ‘amazing’ as the rest of the American crew. I had the pleasure to room with her and that was very ‘nice’ as we would both say. Gillian, our Canadian Olympic track medallist on the other end is ‘totally’ American. Her ‘hippy’ hair and her happy way of talking might reveal that she actually lives most of the time in LA.
Back to the Euro’s. Katie (or ‘Duckie’ as her grandma calls her) is well known for her British accent. Every second sentence she says is repeated by someone in the team cause it sounds so funny. Katies favourite subject to talk about is her next off season holiday; ‘I just love holidays!’ Our German professional photographer Trixi isn’t a woman of a lot of words. But when she says something, you better listen, cause it will be something good. Trixi is my ‘best ever’ partner in crime when making fun of the Americans.
Lisa, our other German could only join us for a couple of days because she is part of the German army and had to join them for a month. Lisa is one of the sweetest girls from the team and to picture her ‘shooting people’ is just hilarious. She moves to the Netherlands next month to live together with her Dutch boyfriend and speaks fluent Dutch which makes me very happy. Our third German, Ina, unfortunately didn’t join us this camp, but I think she doesn’t need a lot of introduction. Being my teammate already for the fifth year I almost have no clue what to do when she won’t be my teammate anymore one day.
And than we have our Aussies. Loren, my half Dutch ‘sister’ made sure we’ll have some good music to sing with during our rides. She’ll put the beats out of her phone speakers in her back pocket. Her phone was a present from her ‘handsome and single brother’ Jered, who she advertised every day to another one of her teammates. She must like us a lot.
You might think these are all the riders for next year, but hold on. Let me introduce the Specialized-lululemon joker for 2013; our chameleon Beth. Beth must have been Kristy’s best deal when signing contracts. Originally she was hired as a physiotherapist, but this year she’ll also direct some races and at training camp she rode every training ride with us. Of which I first thought it made us look kind of like a couple of amateurs, but than I realised she is just an amazing athlete. Next week the Australian nationals are on and although Miss ‘No I’m not gonna do it!’ said she is not gonna do it, I do have my doubts about that. A physiotherapist in the national jersey; that would be pretty AWESOME, wouldn’t it?
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