As her racing became more and more serious, so did her education. Anne’s bachelor degree in medicine is something she is very proud of having achieved. The combination of studying and racing at the level of her goal was not realistic for the future. In 2013 she made the decision to go pro and focus on racing full-time.
Anne would not regret this decision. 2015 was her most successful year so far. She won the National Championship for the fourth tine, finished in the TOP20 in the World Cup several times, came in 5th place in the Eliminator at the World Championships, and was ranked ninth in the UCI ranking at the end of the year. Anne set ambitious goals for the future and wants to find out how successful she can be as a mountain biker. “I am proud to discover my true potential wearing the GHOST Factory Racing Team jersey. A team with clear goals, knowledge and ambitions. In 2016, I was able to make my dream of competing in the Olympic Games come true. But there is much more to come!” The girl from the Netherlands did indeed stick to her word: She delivered a twelfth place finish at the World Championships in Australia, but the highlight was her first TOP10 finish at the World Cup final. But even with these accomplishments under her belt, Anne’s motto is: “As long as I can see progress, why shouldn’t it be possible to get even faster?”
In 2018, Anne’s steady drive forward came to a sudden halt in January in the form of a complicated ankle fracture – but even though she was forced to take a break for a few months, her ambition put her back in the TOP12 of the two remaining World Cup Competitions, secured her next National Champion Title and a XCE World Cup victory in no time at all. We dare to say that we have not yet seen everything our curly Dutch girl is capable of.