Hi there! My name is Daan Olivier, 26 years old and born in Oegstgeest, a small town in the West of the Netherlands near Leiden.
Currently I’m living in Oegstgeest and in Girona. While Oegstgeest feels like home, Girona feels like the perfect place for training.
I’ve been racing bikes since I’m 15 years old, with a short pause in 2015 and 2016, which I’ll explain later. I started my cycling career at Swift in Leiden as a second year u17 rider, after I changed clubs to respectively the Pedaalridders and de Jonge Renner before joining the Rabobank U23 squad. After racing 3 years for Rabobank U23, I became professional on my 21st at team Giant-Shimano. I’ve raced 1.5 years for Giant, but in April 2015 I decided to quit cycling after I had lost fun and joy in the sport. I started studying in Leiden and got my first year degree. By that time I started to realize that something was missing, something like racing a bike. When a friend of me asked me to join him with an altitude camp in Livigno, the decision to make a comeback was made. Not that I wasn’t enjoying my study, it felt more like cycling wasn’t a closed chapter in life yet. Since my study isn’t a closed chapter either, I’ll definitely be behind books again after my career is finished.
Luckily I got help from my club, de Jonge Renner so I could start racing again in August 2016. After I had done some races, Team LottoNL-Jumbo (currently Team Jumbo-Visma) offered me a second change and my comeback in Professional Cycling was a fact! I’m still wearing the black & jellow jersey of Team Jumbo-Visma with pride!
Since I’m a Dutchie, you can always wake me up for freshly baked bread. Furthermore, I like skiing, speed skating, food and cooking in general, coffee, politics, economics, reading and I always follow the actualities. I care about the planet’s wellbeing and Global Warming is something which is frightening me. You can’t wake me up for yoghurt, cottage cheese, soccer and probably much more (just can’t think of more examples right now).
I’ll try to give you an insight about my life as a Professional Cyclist and about my thoughts about stuff in general. I hope you’ll have fun reading my blog.