Floortje Mackaij   
Floortje Mackaij
The Netherlands
Woerden, the Netherlands
Riders Type
Time trial / Puncheur
Favourite Liv Bike
Pro Since
2016 Race Km's
2016 Race Days

ABOUT Floortje Mackaij

Floortje always tries to have 10 hours sleep a night. When she is awake and not cycling, she loves to shop for new clothes, put on her make-up and walk her dog. You rarely see this curly haired Dutch girl without a big smile on her face but once she’s on her bike, life becomes serious business for this talented rider.

Sports have always been important for Floortje Mackaij and when she was younger she started speed-skating with her brother Bram. She only ever cycled during summer in order to maintain her fitness levels for the new skating season. But soon Floortje came to love the freedom of being on her bike and at 15-years old, Floortje rode her first road race. Although cycling is now her profession, she still skates marathons.

Her biggest achievement so far is winning Gent-Wevelgem in 2015. “I felt really good that day. During the race, I started thinking about the possibility of me winning. At four kilometres to go, I decided it was the right moment to attack. I got away from the leading group and rode full gas at 54 kilometres per hour, I realised if I carried on at this speed the chasers wouldn’t pull me back. I cannot describe the feeling of luck I had when I crossed the finish line. It was hard to believe I really won such a famous classic.”

In 2016 Floortje had a good season. She won the youth classification of the Energiewacht Tour, the Aviva Womens Tour and the BeNeLadies Tour. Mackaij was in serious contention to win the Women’s World Tour young rider classification. At La Route de France Floortje excelled with a third place in the prologue and a third and second place in the next stages. Unfortunately, she crashed in stage four and as a result, she broke both her collarbone and shoulder.

After her recovery, the ever positive Mackaij used her offseason to get back in shape. “I’m ready for the new season and can’t wait to ride the spring Classics, World Championships and Team Time Trial. We have one of the strongest teams in women’s cycling and I’m sure we’re going to achieve a lot of great results.”