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AN INTERESTING STORY OF A RISING XCO STAR! CURIOUS WHO?

A CYCLO-CROSS STAR RECENTLY MADE A TRANSITION ON MOUNTAIN BIKING!

His name is Mathieu van der Poel, a 23-year old based from Belgium and comes from a cyclist family. He is best known for winning the Cyclo-cross world championships, the Junior Road Race world championships and twice winning the Junior Cyclo-cross world championships. He was the first rider to win multiple titles at that level. He is a young man who may just be the most talented bike racer. Van der Poel’s raw horsepower, uncanny technical skill, and youthful confidence together with uncertain world-class genes that have come together to create an athlete unlike any the sport has ever seen.

“A rising star in the men’s cross country elite field is Mathieu van der Poel. He has a rich history in cyclo-cross racing. However, he’s recently made the transition to mountain biking.” – Scotty Laughland

Mathieu recently racing on mountain bike at 0:48.

I think cyclo-cross and mountain bike are really good combination because of summer and winter of course but I wanted a new challenged in the summer. I enjoyed riding on the road as well but I asked the team for a mountain bike three years ago and I was in love immediately when I did some racing in Cyprus.” –  Mathieu van der Poel

Mathieu doing his best on mountain bike at 3:38.

A cyclocross stipulate a lot from athletes, its speed, concentration, and technique.  These skills don’t always have to be the highest level of road or mountain bike racing. What was Mathieu’s biggest weapon in cyclocross is not his natural-born, but rather his strategy, a kind of skill that most people learned rather than inherited.

“I think my main goal is to try and win a world cup. That would be really nice. I don’t think many people have done it before to win world cup in cyclo-cross and mountain biking in the same year.” – Mathieu van der Poel

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