Happy with bronze
Marieke van Soest won the Tour of Flanders for para-cycling and finished third in the World Cup in Ostend.
The Para-cycling Tour of Flanders took place from Bruges to Ronse in Belgium on May 2nd. It is a difficult course with poor secondary roads and inclines of up to 16%. Marieke finished first in the tricycle class.
A few days later, she took part in the Para-cycling World Cup in Ostend. Here 450 cyclists, handbikers and tribikers from 44 countries took part.
In this road race, Marieke managed to win the third prize. She had to face the best riders from the United States and Great Britain, among others. The weather conditions were appalling during this race, with a lot of rain and wind on the Belgian coast.
By leaving the group very early, Van Soest managed to make a hole. This earned him third place at the finish. Jan Van Soest: “In itself great if you are entering an international competition for the first time.”
It is difficult for Marieke van Soest to determine her level in the Netherlands as she is the only female tribiker actively practicing the sport at the moment.
She would be very happy if more disabled people chose this sport.
She hopes in this way to create greater awareness in this regard. Tribikers can always contact her or the KNWU for more information.