Kim de Baat to retire from cycling

Belgian cyclist Kim de Baat, who became the national road champion last year, has decided to retire from the sport due to physical problems. The 32-year-old has been racing for 26 years and recently discovered that she suffers from overtraining syndrome, a condition that requires a long recovery period.

De Baat announced her retirement on social media, acknowledging that the decision may come as a surprise to many. “After 26 years of racing, it is time to say goodbye,” she said. “I know this is unexpected for a lot of people because I’m really passionate about the bike. But my body got tired.”

The rider from the Fenix-Deceuninck team will participate in her last race next Monday in the derny criterium in ‘s-Gravenwezel. In her farewell message, De Baat expressed gratitude to her family, friends, and fellow cyclist Sanne Cant. “And Sanne, with whom I had the best year of my career,” De Baat said. “We have been able to share our passion together, and I am happy that she will be by my side in the future, whatever I do.”

Aside from the Belgian national championships, De Baat’s other UCI level victory came at Dwars door de Westhoek in 2012. Over the years, she has raced for Boels-Dolmans (2013), Parkhotel Valkenburg (2014), Lensworld (2015-2017), Doltcini (2018-2019), Ciclotel (2020), Dubai Police (2021) and Fenix-Deceuninck (2022-2023).