June 2019
European & Dutch Champion Long Distance 2017 and worldrecord: 16 (Sixteen!) times Sub 9 hours
The European season is well on her way…. and almost every weekend there are races all over the place. Summer has arrived and we are all enjoying it after a slow start. After my 3rd place at Challenge Cancun the next race up was IM 70.3 Barcelona for our sponsor Hoka One One, I knew this race was coming a bit to early and with my longer brake this year I just need more time to get in shape. When I then got a cold that didn’t want to go away, I decided to not race. I hadn’t been able to get solid training in and knew I was far away from being totally healthy. A younger Yvonne would have tip toed to the start line but the older and wiser one made the right decision and for that reason I cheered all the others on and left my race suit in the suit case. My beautiful pink Simplon Mr. T2 and my fast Lightweight race wheels stayed in the Hotel and had to wait a bit longer to get back to action.
Back home I finally got to spend more time on my bike and got some great kilometers in my legs, both on my TT bike, but also on my lovely Simplon pride, the best road bike that I’ve ever had, a whole new experience and level of riding I would say ( and all that have ridden a Pride agree!!!). As a biker I don’t need that much work to get my bike level up and with some great sessions I felt stronger and stronger. I love riding in the Bregenzerwald at home, it just stays beautiful every ride and the traffic is less then in our valley. The ton’s of climbing will always make you strong and every ride is like a meditation and great for the head as well!!!