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Dutch National Coach Bas de Bever to Retire

December 5, 2018 by  

Bas de Bever Retires

The Dutch National BMX program is one of the most successful and storied programs of Olympic BMX Racing. Part of that is owing to incredible athletes, and a big part of it is due to extraordinary support by the The Royal Dutch Cycling Union (KNWU), and exemplary coaching by national coach, Bas de Bever.

This week, the federation announced that Bas will resign from his post of 15 years.

On his retirement, Bas said, in a release:

Coaching is a fantastic profession, it is great to be able to give athletes direction in their development through knowledge transfer.

Because you work with people, it is also a complex subject in which you are juggling with many factors on an individual level to allow the athlete to develop in the right way in the pursuit of his / her goals. This is also the challenge for me, but also gives me the necessary stress over time.

In this course you will also deal with factors that lie outside your core business (coaching). I noticed that especially these factors gave me (after 15 years) too much negative energy and disturbed the balance for a long time in a way that this was also taking its toll on a personal level. I have written a fantastic chapter in my own ‘book of life’ in these 15 years.

I will regularly read this chapter with great pleasure. My feeling says that now is the time for a new chapter.

About the departure of Bas, KNWU official, Thorwald Veneberg, said:

It is always difficult to say goodbye to a top coach and colleague. Bas has made an enormous contribution to the level of BMX in the Netherlands. He has achieved many successes with his athletes in recent years. We will investigate what the best solution for the athletes will be when Bas has left.

Bas is “one of those guys” who made a big difference in the course of Olympic BMX Racing, to say nothing of his own career in BMX Racing, starting in 1981, and including multiple IBMXF World titles. We will miss him greatly, but will keep tabs on him as he moves on to his next challenge.

—Mike Carruth

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