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Who are the people behind CycloWorld? Meet the crew.

Rob Thierig

Co-founder & CTO

Rob Thierig is one of the three founders of CycloWorld. He's responsible for the technical development of the website. Finished his first gran fondo in 2003. Usually rides one or two GF's a year. Palmares: La Marmotte, Maratona, Dreiländer giro, Quebrahantahuesos, La Vaujany, La Morzine, Time MontBlanc Megève, Epervier, Ötztaler Radmarathon. Did Tour TransAlp in 2012 en 2013 which were his best weeks on the bike ever.


       

Herman Nekkers

Co-founder, commercial manager, editor Switzerland/Austria, writer

Co-founder, route builder and gran fondo enthusiast. Responsible for the sales and writer. Participates in many gran fondo's and sportives every year. One of few who finished all three Marmotte gran fondo's. All the big names (and a lot of smaller ones) are on his palmares, as are stage races like Tour de Kärnten, Riderman an HR Ventoux.


         

Frank Jansen

Co-founder, editor-in-chief, writer

Responsible for the news section on CycloWorld. Author of the e-book "Gran fondo riding for dummies". Active in cycling as of 2005. Has finished many gran fondo's including La Marmotte (3x), the Ötztaler Radmarathon, Maratona, Alpenbrevet (3x), Sportful Dolomiti Race, Les 3 Ballons and many others. Has a broad interest in cycling. Gear enthusiast. Also into gravel and MTB.


     

Meet our editors

Frank Minnaert

Editor France

Has a wide interest in cycling in general. Rides mostly sportives, but is familiar with the world of gran fondo's since both his sons are avid gran fondo riders. Follows gran fondo's in France and sometimes in Italy. In 2018, he participated in the only two gran fondo's of his homeland Belgium. Based in Merelbeke, the Flemish Ardennes are his training grounds.

Henk Postma

Editor Italy + new event detective

Started with cycling at the end of the 80's. Rode the longest courses of 13 classics up to 1996. After 3 years without a bike, he started discovering the high mountains from 2000. First gran fondo: Maratona (2003). Many others followed: Marco Pantani, Fausto Coppi, Marcialonga, Gran Fondo Stelvio, Ötztaler Radmarathon, Dolomieten Rundfahrt, Gruyere Cycling Tour, Les 3 Ballons en Ardechoise. The last few years have passed without GF's, but for 2021 the Dreiländergiro leers.

Rene Meeuwessen

Editor for several regions

Interested in many aspects of cycling. Regular sportive rider. Frequently travels, the perfect way to discover new grounds and enjoy a good glass of wine. In the winter, you can find him in the technical zone at cyclocross events. In the summer, he's behind the wheel of the pursuit car of cycling holidays.

Guy Moritz

Editor North-America

Guy used to be 'cycling tv watcher', especially for the classics and gran tours. But his friends persuaded him to get on the bike, which infected him with the cycling virus. Next to his favourite training tour ("De Ronde Hoep"), his programme entails many sportives like the Flèche de Wallonie and the JNC. His goal is to ride at least one major event like a year. Has done quite a few usual suspects (like the Maratona, Fausto Coppi and ORM), but fancies the smaller, less-known events like Schwarzwald Super of Las 4 Cimas. Truly believes in the added value of a cold after-cycling beer.

Erik Overbeek

Editor Germany and Skandinavia

A true long distance, casual rider. Has done a few gran fondo's such as ORM, 3B, La Marmotte, Maratona, Krusnoton, Engadin and Frank Schleck. Relaxed riding and passing the finish line are the important things. Has a history of mountaineering, and hence preoccupied with the Alpes. Loves German Radmarathons with nice food stops. Enjoys both the road bike and mountainbike.

Erik van Leeuwen

Editor Eastern-Europe, Asia, Oceania & gravel

Also known as Enrico. His love for bike is born from bike packing around the world. Attach bags to the bike and discover the surroundings. Italy fanatic. Has done a few gran fondo's in his time. Has informal commitments with La Marmotte and Nove Colli.


Marc Desender

Editor Belgium and Luxemburg

Marc Desender lives and rides in the Flemish hills, well known for climbs like Kemmelberg, Rodeberg, Zwarteberg and the Monteberg. These climbs give him the legs to climbs real mountains, anywhere in the world. Organizer of "de Hellingenroute", an annual sportive starting from Kemmel on August 15.


Marcel Klapwijk

Editor Spain and Portugal

Passionate about cycling and the bike itself. Has finished many smaller and bigger gran fondo's, preferably events with much elevation. Putting on a starting number makes his adrenaline flow. A rider who can often be spotted on the forefront the peloton.

Jack Vermeulen

Editor Eastern Europe

Jack is a professional UX/UI designer. Next to his love for his family and music, he's a real cycling fanatic. The Posbank, Veluwe and greater Nijmegen region are his training grounds for both road and gravel bike. He's a usual sportive contender, and in winter time he's riding on Zwift. The road bike always comes along on summer holidays in Italy. Bucket list: Strade Bianche and the Stelvio.


   

Victor de Ruiter

Editor The Netherlands

Victor, nicknamed Charlie, is a true cycling fanatic. Only rides the road bike, prefers short and fast over long and slow. Loves cycling in the mountains, and has a strong preference for medio fondo's. Enjoys cruising through the Dutch dunes from his home in The Hague. Hates rain and cold weather, so Victor can be found on Zwift early in the season. Current number 1 on the bucket list: Taiwan KOM-Challenge!


   

Karen Oud

Rider for about 20 years, although disguised as a triatlete in recent years. Gran fondo and ITT enthusiast. Likes to ride the road bike in the mountains. TT bike: preferably long, flat rides. The hills in the center of The Netherlands are her training grounds. Can be found on Zwift in the when there's no daylight. Palmares: Maratona, Marmotte Pyrénées & Valais and L3B. Hopes to qualify for the GF World Championships in 2021 and finally finish her first full triathlon.

 

Meet our writers

Peter Koens

Writer and team captain Zwift team CycloWorld

Next to his office job, Peter is a cyclist, cycling courier, indoor cycling instructor, time trialist, and peloton filler in local club races. He tries to ride at least one gran fondo, sportive or stage race a year. Avid Zwifter since the corona crisis. When he's not on the bike, he's either running or pulling weights in the gym.


 

Wouter Fioole

Writer

Really a triathlete, but with a strong focus on the bike. Lover of short, cobblestoned climbs in Flanders, preferably in bad weather. Likes to travel to the high mountains for gran fondo's like La Marmotte, La Vaujany, L3B. Crazy enough to climb Mont Ventoux 3 times in 1 day. Thinking about ultra fondo's and randonneuring. Has to learn that riding fast and cycling are two different things.


Jean-Marie Henckaerts

Writer

Writes from his base in Geneva, where he lives and works since '96. Historically a runner, but started cycling in 2013 - a late bloomer. Started with the Tour of Flanders, followed by Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Amstel Gold Race. Began discovering the high mountains when he moved to Switzerland. Rides serval GF's and stage races annually. Palmares: Marmotte Alpes (4x), Marmotte Valais (2x), Alpenbrevet (2x), Etappe du Tour (2x), en L3B, HR Alpes en Pyreneeën. Most recent event: Tortour, a 3 day gravel event.


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