How a personal experience was the start of ridemeister

There is a phrase in the book ‘The Rider’ which says; “Non-cyclists. The emptiness of their lives shocks me”. As much as I hope they are happy too, ever since I got my first bike when I became 10 years old, I just can’t imagine my life without cycling.

Riding your bike simply means making memories. For me until now this went from discovering my own country, to riding the Alps, the Strade Bianche, the Pyrenees and Spanish coastal roads, and in other worlds like northern Argentina and a fun, informal criterium on the tropical island of Saint Martin. Each of them adding up to great experiences, connections and everlasting memories.

The ridemeister story

In 2010 I founded a still existing local cycling team in Amsterdam. Not inspired by the traditional mass cycling events anymore we started organizing our own experiences. As an end of seasons celebration we shaped a long weekend to Girona, and only a few years after the peloton settled down here we were among the early amateurs to discover this Spanish cycling Mekka. It’s here in Girona where the idea for ridemeister was born.

As part of the event we got ourselves access to a local pro who guided us through the best of roads, nature and everything excellent Girona has to offer for cyclists. All we had to do was simply enjoy. I realized we wanted to repeat this kind of best cycling experience again and again, anywhere we wanted to take our bikes. But that was easier said than done.

So, as you can imagine it’s with great pride that only a few years after our Girona experience, we launch ridemeister to open up a wonderful world of unique cycling experiences with local pro’s just for you. It simply was our ambition to make this kind of unique experience available to everyone and easily accessible than ever before. Together with our founding ridemeisters we hope we offer you already today a great variety of ridemeisters and rides to choose from. It’s our mission and ambition to keep growing and keep opening up this wonderful world of cycling.

When I say ‘we’, my immediate thoughts and thanks go out to my partners in crime, co-workers and believers; Alco de Jong and Bram Tankink.

Always the best ride. Enjoy!

Bart

“I am extremely proud of the ridemeister experiences we can already offer today to passionate cyclists. And there is lots more to come!”

– Bart, founder Ridemeister

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“I am extremely proud of the ridemeister experiences we can already offer today to passionate cyclists just like myself. And there is lots more to come!”

– Bart, founder Ridemeister

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