New rider for the CST PostNL Bafang Mountainbike Racing Team
It was announced on January 6 that Dutch rider Jeroen van Eck will join the CST PostNL Bafang Mountain Bike Racing team in 2021, focusing mainly on the international UCI e-MTB competition, alongside other disciplines including Eliminator and Cross-Country.
In addition to his riding, Jeroen will draw on his skills and experience to play an important role in the development and improvement of products, both for the team and for mass-market. With the growth in popularity of the e-MTB with consumers and in competitive sport, his in-depth knowledge will be a great advantage in the development process.
Jack Brandsen, Europe Market VP of Bafang Electric Motor Science-Technology B.V., stated, “Bafang is excited to have Jeroen as team member of the CST PostNL Bafang Mountain-bike Racing Team. Jeroen is a very strong and experienced e-MTB rider who is capable of racing at the front. This combined with his dedication and outstanding technical insight gives him the ability to deliver us proper feedback. This feedback will help Bafang to further optimise the race systems. Our ultimate goal is to use this knowledge in our day-to-day products as well. We look forward to helping Jeroen and the team succeed!”
Commenting on the addition of Jeroen to the team, Bart Brentjens, Team Director CST PostNL Bafang MTB Racing Team, said, “We are looking forward to working with Jeroen as our new e- Bike rider! After 2 great years working and pioneering in a new UCI discipline, E-Mountainbike, with our former E-Bike rider Kjell van den Boogert, it is challenging and exciting to start working together with Jeroen van Eck.
Jeroen is very ambitious, talented and always working towards the best results and conditions. A real professional with already an impressive Palmarès in several disciplines. Jeroen became UCI World Cup Eliminator World Cup winner in 2018 and 2020, National Champion E-
Mountainbike in 2019 and European Champion XCE (2015). Last year Jeroen finished 7th at the UCI E-Mountainbike World Championships.
Till so far Jeroen had his own team. We hope Jeroen will feel happy and welcome in our Team with our riders and staff, and that the team structure will give Jeroen wings, just like our American Eagle bikes!”
Jeroen van Eck said, “After running my private team for the last three years, with the main goal to make the step from top talent to top athlete, my move to the CST PostNL Bafang MTB Racing Team is a great next chapter in my cycling career. In this professional environment I can focus more on the sportive side with the main goal: winning the World Championships e-MTB. Working closely with Bafang and the team in making a medal winning bike and the further growth of the E-MTB discipline is something I look forward to.”