Welcome to my blog. It’s the place where I post news stories, pictures and videos and other quirky stuff from the world of procycling. It’s an addition to what I already do on Twitter as @TourDeJose.
Who is José?
José is a woman from the fine year of 1979 who comes from the Netherlands. I was born in the northeast, near the German border but moved to Amsterdam to go to university. I studied history, French and Spanish. I currently live in Sassenheim, inbetween Amsterdam and The Hague, with my husband who is a research scientist and our two Irish Setters.
I worked for years in marketing and management support untill I got cancer in 2008. The rollercoaster that we call life makes an emergency stop. Surgery, chemo, radiation and (to this day) hormone treatment. It’s been a very tough period in my life but it also changed a l0t, for the better. When you face your own mortality, you look at the future in a different way. I only wanted to things that are fun, things I love for whatever time I had left.
I grew up with cycling. My dad has been an amateur-cyclist and sports director which meant that Sundays were spent at the races. The tv was always on. I never rode myself because I am prone to accidents and therefore chose a gravity-free sport: swimming. The passion for sports and for cycling in particular has always been there. A pivotal moment was the death of Fabio Casartelli and the subsequent stage win by Lance Armstrong. That made a big impression on me. Cycling however always belonged to the “things-you-do-in-your-spare-time”- activities, not the “things-you-can-make-money-on”-activities.
Read about my work here.
When you have had cancer, and people who did will agree, the word future gets a different meaning. I am currently at the point that the future might bring anything. Working as a cycling commentator was one of the big dreams coming true. That’s one ambition fulfilled but there is still a lot to learn and wish for.
I am only 34 years old and after some hardship the future is smiling at me.
Contact me at info (at) sportlingua.nl.
Everything I write here, is my own opinion. They do not reflect the opinions of any of my employers.