Mitchel Schotman is in the South of France currently preparing for the 2022 season. Mitchel has made the switch from the Oegema-Fieten team to the Dutch National BMX squad. He's the 2021 Elite Men champ, 2nd in Europe, 6th in the World. Add new motivation and you will see a fast racer line up in 2022. Read about his goals in the interview below.
Name: Mitchel Schotman Age: 25 Hometown: Wesepe, Netherlands Team: National BMX team Netherlands
Did 2021 turn out the way you wanted? Mitchel Schotman: Yes and no, because the UCI BMX World Cup in Verona was one of my worst WC ever. Didn’t get any good result there and never felt so shit after a race. But after Verona I had my best season ever so far! Dutch champ, 2nd of Europe and one of the best days of the year were the UCI BMX Racing World Championships at Papendal, 6th of the world. Riding my first World's as an elite and then of course my first final was great, but riding a final in front of the home crowd makes it so much better.
With the start of the new year, are you always looking to become a faster racer? Mitchel Schotman: I always try to become faster every year and we chanced a bit in training.
How long have you been riding the frame that you are currently on? Mitchel Schotman: I'm now riding the new bike for almost two months. The frame is a bit different than the previous one. I think this is one of my favorite bikes I've ever ridden. I like the geometry, it's stiff and I like the colors.
36 international elite riders raced last weekend on the “Winter International” race of “Liga LBR” in Alicante - Spain. Some of the best international teams do their Training Camps every year in south Spain, so the Spaniard riders can enjoy some of the best riders of the euro scene. Two races of the Spain National League “Liga LBR” won by elite dutch riders Laura Smulders, second place for her sister Merel and third for the actual European Elite Champion, German Sarah Sailer.
In men’s class, Mitchel Schotman won the big international race in front of German Champ Luis Breithauer and Felix Jakob from Switzerland.