The bike is my life02 Feb. 2017
The bike is my life
The first month of the year has already passed, which made us wonder if people are still working towards their goals. We asked Roderick Tingen, Marketing Editor, where he stands in chasing his goals. Is he going at full force or is he taking it easy?
Who are you and what do you do?
Im Roderick Tingen and Im working as Marketing Editor at the general Marketing team of BBB in Leiden, The Netherlands. During my time as a student I worked as a bike messenger and I rode a lot of kilometres on my road bike. Nowadays Im riding more and more on the mountain bike. Last year I did my first marathon, together with my colleague Sebastiaan Bowier. When Im not riding my bike I like to play basketball in my hometown of Utrecht, visit concerts with friends and learning more and more of being a barista. And most importantly: Im always looking for fancy high cycling socks on Instagram.
How did 2016 go for you?
Last year was a pretty good cycling year for me. Due to the distance of my hometown to work, I rode a lot of commuting kilometres during spring and summer time. Together with my colleague Sebastiaan Bowier I did a lot of trail riding as well and discovered the world of marathon racing. Pretty exhausting but a lot of fun and a great challenge. My first one was hard, but I finished at a reasonable spot in the field. I was quite satisfied, but next year it has to be better!
What is your cycling goal for 2017
This brings me indeed right to my cycling goals of this year. Together with Sebastiaan Im riding in a new Granfondo team, Delta Cycling Rotterdam. With a group of 6 were riding various tours in The Netherlands and Germany as well. Its for fun, but of course there will be some competition as well. My main focus will be not to finish last and I want to be the best when the road goes uphill. Im a lightweight and climbing is the most fun part of road cycling in my opinion. Its what I enjoy the most at least. So Im focussing on some mountainous Granfondos in 2017. Apart from that, I want to ride more mountain bike marathons in Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg!
How do you plan to achieve this goal?
Ive had a good winter off the bike. Had my moments in the gym, not always too disciplined, but the last couple of weeks Ive found my routine again! The complete first month of January was a complete disaster when it comes to cycling, but this last week I started again riding to work and in the weekend on the mountain bike. Lets say: theres still some work to be done But it will be okay, the season is still long! At the end of March Im going on a trip to Mallorca with friends, so there I want to do a lot of hours on the road bike. And when the weather stays good, I want to pick up the pace with commuting as well.
What does your training look like?
As I said, I try to do gym sessions for my core and legs. Just to keep fit on rainy and cold days (because I hate to clean my bike) and sit more relaxed on my bike. Besides that, I try to commute twice a week when the weather is good and do a long session over the weekend on the road bike or mountain bike. And every Tuesday night Im on the basketball court with my team.
Any tips for fellow cyclists to get the most out of the year?
The best tip maybe is just to have fun and enjoy the nature youre riding in. Try to discover new roads, keep your riding and training diverse, try new things and bike disciplines. This will keep you happy on the bike. Dont stress out when you miss a training or when you see your buddys do more. Besides that, good coffee, chocolate chip cookies and fresh new colourful socks keep you motivated!