Ploegleider bij Orica-AIS
Geplaatst op dinsdag 5 april 2016 om 10:19
Loes sluit zich opnieuw
aan bij Orica-AIS. Niet om weer op de fiets te stappen, maar als
ploegleidster. De ploeg heeft dat vandaag bekend gemaakt en dus kan
Loes er nu ook meer over vertellen. "Ik kijk er ontzettend naar uit
om met de meiden samen te werken", zo zegt ze. "Inmiddels heb ik al
met de ploegleiding meegekeken en in de Energiewacht Tour zal ik
deze week assisteren. Vanaf begin mei zal ik zelfstandig als
ploegleidster de koers in gaan."
Nadat Loes vijftien jaar als
wielrenster actief was in de sport, keert ze nu dus terug in een
andere rol. "Vorig jaar kreeg ik een scholarship van de UCI en heb
ik de ploegleiderscursus gevolgd. Dat was al speciaal. Het is een
grote kans voor mij dat ik nu met de ervaring binnen dit team mag
werken. Dat dit al zo snel kan na mijn actieve carrière maakt het
Terug naar Nieuws
Former rider Loes Gunnewijk has set her sights on becoming a
sports director in women's cycling and will rejoin the ORICA-AIS
team throughout 2016 to learn what it takes via a 'trainee'
After spending the final three and a half years of her racing
career with the Australian outfit, having joined in 2012 when the
team first launched, Gunnewijk sees it as the perfect opportunity
to utilise her extensive knowledge of women's racing.
"I am really looking forward to working with the girls and to
start this kind of career," explained Gunnewijk. "There's so much
to learn, so it's great that I already know the team really well,
they're like my second family."
"Last year I got a scholarship from the UCI to do a sport director
course, that was pretty special. It's a really great opportunity
for me to get some experience with this team and how they are
helping female riders stay within the sport.
"To have this opportunity so soon after I stopped racing and begin
this role at a high level is very special."
The 35-year-old Dutch Olympian decided to hang up her wheels half
way through the 2015 season, after racing 15 years as a
professional rider on the road.
With an extensive list of palmares, including a world cup victory
at Ronde van Drenthe, current sport director Gene Bates is looking
forward to having Gunnewijk back within the squad.
"It's great that we have Loes coming on board to train with us,
with ambitions to move into a sport director position in the
future," said Bates. "She came along to the races in Drenthe last
month to get a taste for it, and she will come along to the five
day Energiewacht Tour to learn even more. After that Loes will take
on her first real role for ORICA-AIS in Hagendorn, Boels Hills
Classic and then Gooik."
"It's a bit of a natural progression for her after being a rider
with the team for so long. She's had some time out, gone and done a
directors course with the UCI, so to have her back in a different
role is fantastic. We are looking forward to seeing how she finds
Within the men's professional peloton many former riders have
become sport directors which has proven to be successful. Female
directors are few and far between, so having a former world class
female rider stay within the sport and progress into this role is
something that the team is thrilled to support.
Gunnewijk will work alongside current ORICA-AIS sport directors
Bates and Martin Barras throughout the 2016 season.