Just lately retired Belgian rider Stijn Devolder – the two-time winner of the Excursion of Flanders – says that he has no regrets about retiring, having realised that, on the age of 40, he used to be sufficiently old to be any other professional riders’ father.
“In the previous few years, I have by no means had the sensation that I used to be 10-15 years older than my colleagues,” Devolder instructed Belgian site Sporza.be in an interview at his house in Belgium this week.
“However I have now realised that I am sufficiently old to be one of the most different riders’ father – riders who were not even born once I began to race. Then you definately take into consideration it for a second, and I realised that I used to be getting outdated, and I had a difficult time with that,” he mentioned.
“I am now at an age at which I haven’t any regrets about preventing,” Devolder admitted. “If I might stopped 5 years in the past, I would possibly have idea, ‘If best I might accomplished a couple of extra years.’ However I am 40 now, and do not suppose there may be anything else within the recreation that I have no longer observed but or skilled.”
Devolder – who received Flanders in 2008 and 2009, and spent his ultimate season in 2019 with Dutch megastar Mathieu van der Poel’s Corendon-Circus squad – published that he used to be now taking a look ahead to running in a box that he is lengthy held an pastime in: that of agricultural equipment.
“It is been a keenness I have had since I used to be a kid, and I have all the time identified that I sought after to paintings in that box after my biking profession,” he defined.
“I’m going to principally revel in using the machines, running on them, and finding out up to conceivable. It is an agricultural area right here the place I are living, and so there are lots of alternatives.
“I have attempted to observe the most recent trends in farming equipment all the way through my profession, and am taking a look ahead to getting began,” he mentioned.
Then again, Devolder would possibly not flip his again on biking totally, and can proceed to revel in driving his motorcycle.
“It is going to be a unique roughly biking,” Devolder mentioned. “I would possibly not need to take into consideration coaching or the pressures of the race; I’m going to simply revel in biking, if I’ve the time. Particularly when the elements’s excellent, as I would possibly not need to trip in unhealthy, windy climate. If it is taking a look too unhealthy, I’m going to have the ability to simply day, ‘I’m going to cross the following day.'”