Name: Kirsten Wild

Racing Age: 34

Specialty: Sprinter; Track rider (endurance events)

Nationality: Netherlands

Hometown: Zwolle (Netherlands)

Residence: Zwolle

Birthday: 15-10-1982

Height: 177cm

Strengths: Sprinter; Track rider

PRO Since: 2006

Achievements: World Champion (track), 2x Olympian (Dutch, on the track), Winner of the following races: Tour of Qatar, Ride London, Prolouge Giro Rosa, etc….

+ What inspired you to start bike riding/racing?

I was always late for school so had to go fast by bike. And I like competition, so that was a good combination.

+ What inspires you every day to get on your bike?

The most important thing is that I like to have fun and try to make the best out of it. I like bike riding so that’s a good way for me to have fun and have a good time.

+ What does inspire to achieve mean to you know?

Support each other to develop and reach our maximum potential.

+ How do you use data for your training and racing?

I am a really data addict. Without power/ heart/ speed/ etc the training doesn’t exist for me. The more numbers the better.

+ What does technology bring into bike racing?

In some ways it’s really good we have more technology. For example in material and bike positioning. Sometimes it loses the essential of cycling, when we speak about motors in bikes etc.

+ Did you like math and science in school?

Yup, doesn’t mean I was really good at it, but as I said before I like numbers and they always tell the truth.

+ If you have a college degree, (or currently in the process) what is it in?

I am a teacher in physical education.

+ If you could do one thing with AI (artificial intelligence) besides fight malware, what would it be?

I would try to make a collision alert for bikes, so we don’t crash for a stupid reason.

+ What is your super power?

Having fun in what I’m doing: races/training.

+ If you weren’t bike racing, what would you be doing?

Probably being teacher at school.

+ What are your favorite pastimes and hobbies outside of bikes? Reading a good book.

Coffee or lunch (rides) with friends.

+ What is your most memorable day on the bike?

When I became World Champion on the Track in 2015

+ Who is your hero?

I don’t have a real hero, but Chris Hoy is an inspiring athlete to me. Not only the medals he won, but also his positive and friendly attitude to other riders.

+ What is one piece of advice you would give to another up and coming cyclist or fan?

Do something you like and try find people who inspire you. Work on your strengths more than on the weak points, make sure you are outstanding in a specific role or task (sprinter/ domestic rider/ climber).

+ What is something “if you would have known then what you known now”?

Wish I paid more attention to my English class at school :)

+ Favorite songs or playlist to listen to while training or warming up?

It changes race by race, but now I am fan of The Getaway album – Red Hot Chili Peppers

+ When you think of your happy place, where is that?

Provence in France

+ Do you have a favorite quote or mantra?

Have fun and don’t regret things you did only regret things you didn’t do.

+ You are stranded on a desert island and have to choose one thing to have with you. What is that?

My boyfriend Bas

+ What is your favorite race and why?

I really enjoyed 2016 Tour of California.