I have always been fascinated by cycling, I am still an active cyclist myself. The Tour of Flanders is my favorite cycling race, which is why I volunteer every year during this high day. There is nothing more beautiful than the Tour of Flanders, I enjoy it every year. I support Wout Van Aert, but my real cycling heroes are Roger De Vlaeminck and Mario De Clercq.
Rita: 69 years old
I am 69 years old and volunteer in cycling for 5 years. I am (together with my husband Wim) completely crazy about the race. As a signalman, I contribute my bit every cycling season by making sure everything runs safely along the side of the road. They are always unique experiences, when the peloton passes I always get goosebumps, the Tour of Flanders is my favorite cycling race.
I am an experienced professional. I have been a signalman in cycling since 1958. And ... believe it or not, The Tour of Flanders was my very first race as a volunteer. It all started when I was seven years old. I carried the newspaper 'Omloop het volks' around my neighborhood. In that newspaper there was a report every day after the stages in the Tour de France. I always read those articles with excitement, that's how my love for the race started. I will never forget it. In the meantime, I am 63 this yeare time signal during the Tour of Flanders.
For me it started in my childhood, I helped my mother during her volunteer work in cycling. I gained my first experience during a MTB weekend in Mol, where I took care of the supplies for the participants. Today I mainly help with supplies during tours, the registrations of the participants and every year I work as a steward during the Lotto Six Days Flanders-Ghent. I always enjoy it when a cyclist rides along during a tour. I myself am a fan of Jonas Rickaert and Thomas De Gendt, the Tour of Flanders is my favorite cycling race.
I myself am employed in the Center Tour of Flanders, but as a volunteer in cycling I am a complete newcomer. I wanted to be part of the volunteer work for a long time, but in the past I didn't know who I could get into. My current job gave me the opportunity and I want to grab it with both hands. Nokere koerse will be my first race as a signalman. I am passionate about cycling, I look forward to the moment when the race starts again.
I mainly lead cycling races from the team car. In a distant past I raced myself, so I know perfectly what it is like to participate in a cycling race. This helps me in my position as a sports director. I also organize numerous cycling races, for example I organized the provincial championship in Oudenaarde for U23 and Elite without contract. An experience that I will never forget is the world championship for the hearing impaired in 1989, at the time it was really something unique, it was fantastic to be part of the organization. I have been in the cycling industry all my life, his brother was a professional cyclist and I have a bicycle shop myself. Course is my long life, I was born with it will die with it.
I have been bitten by the cycling bug from an early age and have been experiencing it from the front row as a signalman for twelve years. That I am not always able to watch the matches myself is something I am happy to do. It is especially nice to be able to contribute, you are a link in a long chain. But above all let us hope that we can quickly return to the course as it used to be, with everyone on the street, because that is the most fun thing about the whole thing. And if I can wish for something for this season, it is that Wout Van Aert, my favorite rider, will be the first to cross the line on April 4 in Oudenaarde.
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