In a recent interview with some Dutch journos, road, mountain and cyclocross sensation Mathieu van der Poel came clean on his 2021 aspirations which not only include his current goals of another cyclocross world title, but a heavy mountain bike schedule and the Tour de France, the latter which takes place from June 26 to July 18.
“I assume I will start in the Tour de France with the aim of reaching Paris. I do not intend to leave any earlier.”
But when it comes to mountain bikes, which could include the some World Cups and the Tokyo Olympics, the multi-talented rider had this to say, ” I’m a bit scared of it. It took me a long time to get to the top of mountain biking and I mainly succeeded by riding a lot on that mountain bike and training specifically on it. With that entire calendar gone (in 2020), I feel like I’ve lost a year. There is a preliminary schedule to ride two, three World Cups in 2021 to grab some points and limit the damage. But that is of course all subject to change.”
“Mountain biking has become my favorite discipline, especially in terms of training. It is also the heaviest of the three. I never saw more hardship than on a mountain bike. Only in the last year, when I had made the connection with the top, did that suffering evolve into enjoyment. The euphoria of a World Cup victory is also greater. Perhaps precisely because it took me longer to reach the top.”
To read the entire interview (in Dutch): Mathieu van der Poel