Have you picked your races for 2022 yet?
Mitchel Schotman: Yes, I already picked them, racing as much as possible!
What did you change on your bike for 2022?
Mitchel Schotman: New forks and cranks, the rest is all the same.
Do you generally test things in the off season like different tires, different sized frames, wider bars, longer stems, different gears?
Mitchel Schotman: Yes, I tried some different gears this winter. I like to try it and find out what is the best.
What racing gear will you be running in 2022?
Mitchel Schotman: Probably 45-16 the most.
Do you intend to eat better in 2022?
Mitchel Schotman: In my opinion food is one of the most important things, so yes I always try to find out what is the best or even better to eat.
Has your training schedule changed from last year?
Mitchel Schotman: I came into a new team but with the same coach. So, not many changes in my training program since last year.
Who is helping you with your training schedule?
Mitchel Schotman: Martijn Jaspers
Do you get help with mental coaching?
Mitchel Schotman: Yes I got, at Papendal [Olympic Training Centre] we got many people who can help me to become a better athlete.
Do you ride pump tracks and trails to improve your bike handling skills?
Mitchel Schotman: Yes I like to ride on pumptracks and I’m sure that it can help you with your riding skills
What are your strengths?
Mitchel Schotman: Down the hill till the finish line
What are your weaknesses?
Mitchel Schotman: The start hill
What are your goals for 2022?
Mitchel Schotman: Having a lot of fun at every race. And when everything feels great the result will come!
See how the others prepared for 2022:
1) Camille Maire (FRA)
2) Stefan Heil (GER)
3) Vincent Pelluard (COL)
4) Eddy Clerté (FRA)
5) Aiko Gommers (BEL)
6) Payton Ridenour (USA)
7) Sylvain André (FRA)
8) Elke Vanhoof (BEL)
9) Izaac Kennedy (AUS)
10) Asuma Nakai (JPN)
11) Ross Cullen (GBR)
12) Bethany Shriever (GBR)
13) Joshua McLean (AUS)
14) Cameron Wood (USA)
15) Arthur Pilard (FRA)
16) Anthony Bucardo (USA)
17) Mitchel Schotman (NED)
Pics by visualsByTwentyTwo. Bike photo by Mitchel Schotman