Wout van Aert, 28 years old. Monument winner, front man, cyclocross World Champion, time trial specialist, lead-out man, sprinter, Tour de France stage winner, ... there is not much that Wout can’t do. He is a rider through and through, riding his bike day in, day out, he wouldn’t want it any other way. If anyone personifies the highest level of #everydayriding, it is Wout van Aert. That’s why we met up with him in Alicante where the team was at training camp and asked him what #everydayriding means to him. In his characteristic understated way, he tells us about his youth, his professional life and much more. There are a number of moments the twinkle in his eye betrays what he really gets excited about.
Wout's love for cycling started at a young age. “I can still remember very well that as a little boy, when I was six years old, I think, I was given a mountain bike for my first communion. I remember racing with it all day long in our own garden. My father didn't like that very much, but… he saw that I was enjoying it. So, he let me continue to ruin the garden. I was eight when I rode my first cyclo-cross race and came in second right off the bat. I can actually remember perfectly how it all went. I do have good memories of my childhood.”