Okay, im gonna spit it out.. ???? I was thinking of not posting this picture... Why? Because I thought I did not look at my best. But this is me, covered in dust, tired, angry, exhausted, frustrated, veins popping, a glove tan and taking a minute for myself after finishing a 2 day Enduro race in Argentina. Sven Martin snaps this shot of me being me at that time and not so happy with my result. I think the picture speaks for it self. Im getting a little bit tired of having the feeling I have to post that perfect picture, checking how many likes and new followers I got. And please, dont tell me this is crazy because you do the same thing... Were all doing it! Dont get me wrong, I love Social Media and how easy it is these days to keep in close contact with my friends all over the globe. And in this way I can contribute to promote my sponsors and without the support of my sponsors I am no where! But this whole social media thing is taking itself to a whole new level... Most of my contracts have a "social media paragraph, there are Social Media rankings and people that keep track on how well you engage. Because the cooler I am on social media the more sponsors and people maybe like me?! But what do the pictures really tell about me? Im a person that does not like to share you my dinner plates or my butt in a new Yoga pants that I just bought, that just ain't me...... Its sad but it is the reality that for female athletes it is a lot about social media and how you look these days. Its almost like "winning a race is cool, but how many likes did you get?" To me that is not what it is about, again I am stoked I can share this all with the world and hopefully inspire more people to ride or to get them stoked on riding. But at the end of the day I wanne win that race for me and that feeling it gives me, make my parents and friends proud, get my sponsors stoked for me winning and that feeling that you all worked hard to win it!! As a young girl I dreamt of doing all of this, I rode my bike non stop, felt the wind though my hair and my face was most of the time covered in dirt. I was not comparing myself with anybody, I was just being me and doing what I love. Im proud to show my feminine side in this mainly manly dominated sport of full face helmets and scars. But in a way I feel comfortable with (and so my dad does not fall off his chair when he sees a weird pictures of me trying to be something im not...haha)" I guess what im trying to say with all this is, and this is to most of the girls out there: Please be who you are, you should not compare yourself with numbers, likes, or other people.... You are awesome, share your passion with the rest of the world the way you feel comfortable with it. Dont feel like you have to post something you dont want! Were all an individual and beautiful just the way we are. ????????
#clogs and wheelies for #kingsday !! Fijne #koningsdag allemaal in Nederland !! ???????????? #wheeliewednesday #proudtobedutch #huphollandhup #orange #king
Sea Otter Classic is done and dusted!! What a packed week of racing this was... Enduro, Pumptrack, Dual Slalom and Downhill. So much fun racing all these different disciplines, meeting the fans and hanging out with friends!! #gtfactoryracing #seaotterclassic #annekeshreds
Emotions were running high today, physically my body was not ready to return to racing and I had to pull the plug after stage 1. Absolutely gutted and into tears but I know health comes first. Time to rest up now!! Thanks to all the girls for the support today and my sponsors for their understanding. ????
What da... ✊????????!! Watching #chrisfroome in the #TDF Downhill yesterday was just insane!! Sitting on the top tube going almost 100km/h on skinny tires in spandex and PEDALLING at the same time!! #crazy #ballz #braap #pleasedontcrash