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Watersley R+D Women Cycling Team

SILKE Smulders

Biography

As many cyclists or kids in Holland, Silke first started speed skating when she was young.

During summer, speed skaters keep themselves fit on a race bike.

And so it begins…

Too bad for skating, but what a stroke of luck for cycling.

Silke has huge potential, which she already showed last year, coming in 13th at the Junior World Championships in Yorkshire.

She likes hard and especially hilly races, which she will be having enough of within the program of the R&D Team.

Silke is a first-year student in Sustainable Innovation at the TU University in Eindhoven, where she hopes to specialize herself in renewable energies, such as climate change.

She likes being on the road with her teammates and doing races in foreign countries.

If she’s not racing or studying, she spends time with her boyfriend Bodie. Silke is a ´foodie´ and loves cooking.

Personalia

  • Birthdate: 1 April 2001
  • Nationality: Dutch
  • Birthplace: Loon op Zand, The Netherlands

Facts

  • Nickname: Sil
  • 1st year U23 rider
  • Favorite snack: Ricecake with peanut butter
  • Favorite band: Tom Odell
  • Favorite kitchen: Japanese
  • Example: Chantal van den Broek-Blaak
  • Study: Sustainable innovation

Biography

As many cyclists or kids in Holland, Silke first started speed skating when she was young.

During summer, speed skaters keep themselves fit on a race bike.

And so it begins…

Too bad for skating, but what a stroke of luck for cycling.

Silke has huge potential, which she already showed last year, coming in 13th at the Junior World Championships in Yorkshire.

She likes hard and especially hilly races, which she will be having enough of within the program of the R&D Team.

Silke is a first-year student in Sustainable Innovation at the TU University in Eindhoven, where she hopes to specialize herself in renewable energies, such as climate change.

She likes being on the road with her teammates and doing races in foreign countries.

If she’s not racing or studying, she spends time with her boyfriend Bodie. Silke is a ´foodie´ and loves cooking.

Personalia

  • Birthdate: 1 April 2001
  • Nationality: Dutch
  • Birthplace: Loon op Zand, The Netherlands

Facts

  • Nickname: Sil
  • 1st year U23 rider
  • Favorite snack: Ricecake with peanut butter
  • Favorite band: Tom Odell
  • Favorite kitchen: Japanese
  • Example: Chantal van den Broek-Blaak
  • Study: Sustainable innovation