Rider Diary

Rider Diaries with: Joris Nieuwenhuis


Initially I thought training in designated bubbles would be a really strange experience, but in the end, it worked quite well; it was very organised and well thought out. Everybody knew where to be and what was required of them. In order to prevent the bubbles from clashing with each other any longer than necessary, our schedule was really well organised and each group had their own training time.

My group would often set off shortly after breakfast and would alternate the ride with coffee stops at the side of the road and maybe even a little piece of cake!

In terms of being reunited with my teammates, after the first day, it didn’t feel too different from normal times. I have some good friends in some of the other training bubbles and was able to socially interact with them in the evenings, as long as we followed the team’s safety measures. There was a good balance between spending time with the team and putting your feet up for some chill time by yourself, as everyone was given their own room as part of the measures.

Being at the camp in Kühtai for three weeks has really helped me improve my shape heading into the season restart, but the only reference I have on myself is my wattage.

The numbers I’m putting out indicate that I’m the fittest I’ve ever been.

But without racing you can’t tell what everyone else’s shape is like, especially if you consider that there are a lot of other teams that have been spending time at altitude camps as well. I’m really looking forward to my first road race of the season at Strade Bianche this weekend and it will be cool to put my new Cervélo Caladonia-5 to the test too.

I hope to continue to progress as I approach my first ever Grand Tour, the Tour de France – I’m excited for that one!

See you out there!



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