Finally: it's time for my sport!
by Eduard Schaepman, on 16 May 2019
After a bizarre turn in the Champions League-season 2019, that made the entire Netherlands cry for a bit (yes, also the non-soccer fans and even those who normally are absolutely not in favor of Ajax), peace has returned and it's time for the Giro d'Italia. Honestly, I’m excited because as you know, I’m a big fan of cycling. So, it’s time to focus entirely on the Giro now!
On the bike I can clear my head and completely relax. I've been doing it for about 9 years now, and I've cycled a lot of miles already. In 2012 I decided together with Eric Heijkoop - while we were cycling the Amstel Gold Race, on top of the Geulhemmerberg - to set up our own cycling club in Blaricum. My experience as a member of the Casino Team Knokke came in handy when we started this club.
It soon became clear that there was a lot of enthusiasm for such a cycling club, and since every club needed a clubhouse, we approached Patrick Lommers of Moeke Spijkstra, who was immediately enthusiastic to join. Without a fixed structure but with a lot of enthusiasm the number of members grew steadily. Especially the recruitment activities of Jaap Kooijman have contributed greatly to this. At the end of 2012 it was time to give the club a more formal character. A treasurer was found in Micha Willemse and the association Moeke Spijkstra Wielerclub was formally founded at the notary in January 2013. We even have real commissions: Martijn Wolbers is from the Communication Committee, Thomas Brouwers the Sponsor Committee, Eric van Cleef the Clothing Committee and Erik Blom takes care of the Criterion Committee.
Meanwhile our cycling club has more than 240 members, and we are growing steadily towards the 300. All enterprising, sporty but especially cozy men and women who like to be sporty together and meet each other at the bar of our club house Moeke Spijkstra on a regular basis. The age varies from 7 to 81 years, who form a cozy community, bonded by the love for the sport. We ride several times a week together and make a longer trip on Sundays, but also cycle several tours together, we have a fan day and general meetings of members.
We are even doing a bit of marketing (nature of the creature), for which we use all the digital tools that exist, like WhatsApp, Email, Facebook, a website, and we even have an Instagram page. I even gave an interview on the radio last Sunday, and we are an interesting party for sponsors. And honestly: once we are on our bikes in those sponsored suits, we are just as fanatical as Tom Dumoulin and Bauke Mollema!
Yes, I follow the Giro closely. It's uncertain what's going to happen, and there's a chance that it's going to happen just like in the world of football. We saw the fateful end of the Champions League, but a happy turn in the Eredevisie last Sunday! Would Tom Dumoulin make room for Bauke Mollema, like Ajax becomes champion because of the outcome of the PSV match?