Speed Skating champion Jochem Uytdehaage new race director Ronde van Midden Nederland
Jochem Uytdehaage is the new race director of the International Ronde van Midden Nederland. On August 30, 2015 the race peloton and the followers caravan drive for the first time under his leadership the 200 kilometers from Utrecht and its surroundings back to Utrecht.
“After the resignation of Joost van Oostrum because his new mayor’s office is in the east of the country, we had to look for a new race director,” said Rob de Moor, president of the Foundation Wieler Promotie Midden Nederland. “We are delighted that Jochem undertakes this as born Utrechter with his qualities and impressive palmares to our organization.”
Jochem Uytdehaage is former skating champion. His greatest and most appealing accomplishment was winning the gold medal in both the five and ten kilometers at the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City in 2002. He was also the first man to put down a time under 13 minutes on the 10 kilometer : 12.58,92.
Uytdehaage with his Foundation Sporttop, coaches talents from different sports on the way to the top. The Ronde van Midden Nederland also sees itself as a springboard for talent to professional cycling. “His knowledge and experience in professional sports field fill our ambition to further develop” De Moor says. “Developing talent is a major activity of Jochem and a major goal of ours. A very good match.”
For Jochem Uytdehaage it is the first time he’s a race director. “It’s something very new to me. The challenge involves that and that it is cycling, my hobby, that makes it a lot of fun, “said Uytdehaage. “It appeals to me that the Ronde van Midden Nederland will continue to grow in the coming years to boost the sport. And, importantly, their attention for boosting the talents. I look forward to the 30th August 2015 and counting on the Ronde will again be a success this year. It’s organisation has shown in recent years, that she is capable, so after joining forces this will certainly succeed. “