Team Sunweb to open campus for development riders
Apr 13 2018 01:49 pm CET

Team Sunweb to open campus for development riders
Team Sunweb to open campus for development riders
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Team Sunweb has unveiled an ambitious project for 2019 as it plans to open a state-of-the-art elite sport living environment for young and female athletes.

The "Keep Challenging Center", as the team calls it, will offer opportunities for Sunweb's Development Team riders and some of the team's women's formation to share a living space and work on their development on and off the bike.

The center will be opened in 2019 and is located in the city of Sittard in the Dutch province of Limburg. This location allows for easy movement in both the Dutch and the German part of the border, with seven airports in its vicinity as well as ideal training grounds for the riders.

"I’m really proud that finally the dream comes to fruition with the Keep Challenging Center," said team CEO Iwan Spekenbrink. "We want to make the next step to become a better team; and to optimise the daily cooperation between athletes, experts, coaches and staff who will contribute hugely in achieving that. Therefore, we want to create an elite sports environment for our athletes, with focus on utilising state-of-the-art facilities."

Road captain Roy Curvers sees great potential for this project. "This is a very good development for the team," he said. "In some elements we’re a conservative sport where historically each rider and member of staff live and train across the world, only coming together at a race or training camp, where high level performance is expected without a real joint preparation.

"So far, everyone just accepts this status quo, without looking at what is actually the best setup for riders to really excel as a team. It will be very beneficial to work on a daily basis with each other on things like nutrition, equipment and team building, and to faster implement innovations on those fields into the team. This will ensure that when at a race, riders are able to fully focus on that race and execute the plan, without distraction."


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