Marit Raaijmakers and Nina Buijsman join Rally Cycling for the next season

Parkhotel Valkenburg dutch quarry keeps on feeding teams all over the world with its riders.

Dutch cyclists Marit Raaijmakers and Nina Buijsman have signed with the northamerican team Rally Cycling for the next year, leaving Parkhotel Valkenburg after 4 and 5 seasons respectively.

Raaijmakers, who will join the team for two years, is a promising stage racer who in previous seasons dedicated herself to ex-teammates Lorena Wiebes and Demi Vollering. Now she is “ready for something new” on Rally Cycling, a team she was attracted to because of both, the welcoming and professional feel. 

In 2021, Raaijmakers won the opening stage and overall of the Watersley Women’s Challenge as well as the youth classification at the Trophée de Grimpeuses. 

“I’m really looking forward to getting to know the team and learning their strengths so we can deliver results together,” Raaijmakers said. 

The Dutch talent describes herself as a strong, tactically-minded rider who has a knack for good positioning, a crossover skill she has developed from track cycling. This skillset means Raaijmakers is particularly well-suited to the Ardennes Classics. 

“I think track is really good for road training because even when you’re not fully recovered you can go again,” says Raaijmakers. “That’s something I bring to the road – and also the ability to make tactical decisions.”

The 21-year-old from Hippolytushoef lives on a farm and has a passion for the great outdoors. In 2020, Raaijmakers and her then teammate Demi Vollering, embarked on a biking odyssey when they packed up their bags, tent and camping equipment and rode high into the Swiss mountains. 

Marit Raaijmakers
Nina Buijsman
Rally Cycling promo announcing Marit Raaijmakers and Nina Buijsman’s signings

The a 23-year-old climber from Bovenkarspel, Nina Buijsman, also has had a fruitful season, and signs on a one-year contract. 

“I’m really looking forward to this new adventure,” said Buijsman. “Racing with new girls on an American team is something I’m very excited about.”

Like Raaijmakers, Buijsman is strong when the road turns skywards as well as being a punchy finisher. Somewhat of a breakaway artist, in 2021 Buijsman won the mountains classification at the Ladies Tour of Norway and had a strong string of results in the fall at Giro dell’Emilia (11th), La Classique Morbihan (5th) and Grand Prix du Morbihan (8th).

“I enjoy breakaways and jumping into the action at the races,” Buijsman added. “To race with my heart and go fully into it and not wait the whole race for something to happen is how I like to ride.”

“I always like to travel and to see other cultures, so I’m interested in that. It will also be nice to help the younger riders with racing in Europe,” Buijsman said.

Her new team director, Joanne Kiesanowski has declared that “we’re excited to work with them and help them develop into top stage racers.”.

Rally Cycling will announce this week it’s definitive roster for 2022.

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