Name: Lone Meertens Date of Birth – 16th April 1998 Nationality – Belgian 2020 Team – Lotto Soudal Ladies Former Teams – Keukens Redant Career Achievements – 12th Trofee Maarten Wynants (2019) 13th Stage Gracia – Orlová (2019), Stage O cenu Českého Švýcarska (2019) 17th Flanders Ladies Classic (2018) 18th Dwars Door de Westhoek (2019), Flanders Ladies Classic (2019) 25th GP de Dottignies (2018) 30thOmloop van het Hageland (2020)
Who taught you to ride and bike & how old were you?
I have a brother who is 2 years older than me. He learned how to ride a bike and his little bike stood at the back of our house. I saw it and I wanted to be able to bike myself (although I was only 3 years old), My mom was cooking in the kitchen and saw me practice on the bike on our terrace and after some time and some crashes, I just could do it haha.
What was your first proper road bike & what colour was it?
My first bike was the old bike of my brother because it became too small for him. It was a black Orbea.
What’s your favourite routes/places to ride?
Everywhere there are hills and good weather is also a bonus.
What’s the most important piece of kit/advice that has helped boost your performance?
I think my Garmin…
What tips do you have to keep the love of cycling going amidst all the training?
I think it is nice to take your bikes with you on vacation and you can ride in a whole different country (with good weather) and beautiful unknown views. Then everyone likes to ride a bike I think.
What experiences are still to do on your cycling ‘bucket list’?
I just enjoy every ride and we will see where it takes me.
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