In his youth, Mathieu van der Poel regularly trained in the woods with his father Adrie and his brother David and once it went seriously wrong.
For example, Mathieu van der Poel recently said that when he was 16, he broke his collarbone during a joint cross-training in Huijbergen. However, his father had no desire to end the training early and put his youngest son in the car. The reigning world champion sat there for an hour.
Brother David was also with us and confirms the story. “But it was actually a misunderstanding,” he says The last news. “Mathieu was still a newcomer, one day he broke his collarbone in a fall on a descent. We didn’t know that at first, so our dad put him in the car that was parked along the course.”
However, Mathieu’s pain was unbearable. “Every time we passed, he honked his horn. We thought he was being silly, but he honked the horn because he was in so much pain.”
In other words, there was no question of a Spartan upbringing. “Our dad was very down to earth. When we had to train, we had to train. But when it rained, he came to pick us up from school in the car,” said David van der Poel.