Marijn de Vries has been one of the most interesting voices in women’s cycling, ever since she started sharing her unique journey into professional cycling at age 30. Over her six seasons in the peloton, her blogs and columns have shared the ups and downs of racing, full of fascinating insights into what it’s really like on the road. There’s been nothing like her little vignettes – and she hasn’t shied away from the dark side of the sport either, whether raising serious issues or making us laugh at how ridiculous it can be – but in everything she writes, her love for cycling has always shone through.
Now, as hip disease ends her racing career, we talked about how she got started, her best and worst memories, and much, much more – including how she’ll stay in the sport, running bike trips for women, and much more.
Listen to Marijn talk here (right click, save as to download)
This is a long one, but it’s worth it! I’ll transcribe some of it over the next week, but there’s all sorts of things to click on too.
You can follow Marijn on her website, in Dutch and in English, on her twitter, facebook, instagram and Strava – and if you’d like to go on one of the bike trips and workshops she runs, in Girona or the Netherlands, there’s more information on her site here, in Dutch, or in English.
The book Marijn wrote with Nynke de Jong, about everything women need to know about cycling, Vrouw & Fietst, is available from Dutch bookseller Bol.com, or in German as Frau & Rennrad from Amazon.de – and if you know of any English publishers, tell them we really NEED it in English too!
Marijn’s blogs and articles we talked about:
- The famous “How to Pee” for women blog, with the cartoon, and stopping for a nature break at the Giro.
- The secrets behind ponytails
- Her blog about having a DS who didn’t believe in her, and how it felt to prove him wrong
- On weight, food and eating issues in the peloton
- Strange guys
- Why racing the Ronde van Drenthe was so special to her
- Her blog announcing her retirement
- Her column on why Lizzie Armitstead won the 2015 Road World Championships “like a girl” (Dutch, but put it through translators)
Watch the highlights of that Ronde van Drenthe that was so special to her, and the highlights of Stage 5 of the Boels Rental Ladies Tour, where she won the Most Aggressive jersey in her final ever race:
Previous interviews with Marijn:
- In October 2010, on her journey into cycling, on Podium Café
- In April 2013, on her Spring Classics season, frozen eyeballs and more, on Podium Café
- Mini Q&As before and after the 2013 Giro Rosa
- Podcast interview by Dan and me, from January 2014
I’m funded to do these interviews by my wonderful Patreon supporters – thank you so much!