Saturday, March 11, 2017, will be a date to remember in BEAT Cycling Club history. On this day, Theo Bos won the first professional race for the club.
At the international sprint and keirin races in Alkmaar, the four-time world champion Bos showed that he has not forgotten how to sprint. Taking on the top Dutch track cyclists and international riders such as the British Olympic champion Callum Skinner, the Gelderlander convincingly won the sprint.
In the semifinals, Bos was up against compatriot and sprint giant Jeffrey Hoogland. Bos won this race easily, partly because Hoogland had had to go very deep in the quarterfinals. “The advantage for me here is that we compete on just one evening; this is different than a world championships or the Olympic Games, where the races are spread over several days. Overall, I have better stamina than the other track riders, so I can better cope with short periods of rest between races,” said Bos.
“The hardest opponent I faced was in the final,” he said. In the final Bos raced against the British star Skinner.
“It gives me confidence that I immediately won a race at the beginning of the season. It’s also great that this is the first professional win for BEAT Cycling Club. I am very proud of it. It is now up to the coach to shape the squad for the world championships in Hong Kong, but I have every confidence that it will be fine. I feel good.”
On Sunday the event in Alkmaar continues with the keirin and team sprint for men and the sprint for women.