My name is Elise Uijen and I joined Team DSM’s Women’s program last year. Within this month’s rider diary, I am happy to share my experiences from my first year as a professional cyclist with you all!
Before joining Team DSM, I finished my pre-university education (VWO), so the transition from school life to professional cycling life was difficult. I then discussed my program with various team members to find a good balance in my daily routine, this was not an easy task but we made a really nice plan together. I live in Sittard and being around the other girls was something I really enjoyed. Riding with them is really nice, it’s good to talk about personal experiences together with them
I’m pleased with my first year ; we were able to make good progress because of the great support from the team and to be able to take those steps makes me proud. That ensured that I could find my way around by the summer of last year. Looking back, I think Lorena Wiebes’ classification victory and Charlotte Kool’s sprint victory made the Simac Ladies Tour the sporting highlight for me. That was a fantastic week, though, my personal highlight was at the season’s final race in Romandie where I could contribute to the team and also take home the QOM jersey.
In the off-season, I went on vacation to Cyprus with my family, which was a lot of fun. Afterwards, I enrolled in the Bachelor of Business Administration program since I like studying. I’d also like to focus my thoughts on something else than cycling from time to time. I also often visited my parents in Herpen. They run a horticultural business growing leeks, spinach, and arugula. So, when I’m at home… I like to spend time helping them. In Sittard, I also enjoy drinking coffee with the girls and relaxing. The other day, I bought a 500-piece puzzle for fun, but it’s not done yet… It’s still laying on the table, haha! I’m the type of person who cannot just buy a standard puzzle…this is an ‘expert’ puzzle! All of the pieces have the same circles…