From Rudi van Houts’ perspective 2014 was a season of ups and downs. And it started like that early on: At the second race of the Cyprus Sunshine Cup, van Houts made it to the podium in 4th, and he even managed to win the prologue of the Cape Epic stage race together with José Hermida. But only two days later he crashed violently and had no choice but to abandon the race. Just when the Dutchman had recovered from his injuries, he took another fall while training on the Worldcup course in Cairns, injuring himself again. Time went by until the end of June before Rudi van Houts could return to his best form, finishing in 2nd behind Ondrej Cink at the International KitzAlp Bike Festival. At the national crosscountry championships on the other hand he did not only miss out on his target to win but also on a podium spot, finishing in 4th. It was not before the end of the season that the Dutchman showed his true quality: At both the Worldcup race in Windham and at the World championships, he finished in 14th, thus reaching the target he had set for himself to regularly finish within the top15 at international races.
As for the season ahead, Rudi van Houts aims to confirm his performances of the finale of last season and make further progress towards making the top10 in international races. If he succeeds in doing so, he’s a candidate for a ticket to the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro. Teaming up with José Hermida, Rudi van Houts will start his season in February at the Andalucia Bike Race before taking the start at the Cape Epic stage race.





SIZE 177 cm

WEIGHT 65 kg


DATE OF BIRTH 16.01.1984

LEARNED JOB Architectural engineering

COACH Yvo van Herck

HOBBIES Freeriding, going out with friends



TWITTER @rudivanhouts


2014  4th at Dutch national championships crosscountry, 14th at the World championships crosscountry and at the Worldcup race in Windham; winner of the prologue at Cape Epic, teaming up with José Hermida, win at MTB Race Zoetermeer, 2nd at Copa Catalana in Vallnord and at the International KitzAlp Bike Festival

2013  2nd at Dutch national championships crosscountry, 9th at Worldcup Val di Sole, 12th at the European championships crosscountry, two stage wins and 4th in overall standings of Cape Epic, 6th in the overall standings of Andalucia Bike Race, results in MTB Bundesliga: 3rd in Münsingen, 5th in Heubach

2012 Overall winner and multiple stage winner at Andalucia Bike Race, 6th at European Crosscountry championships, 12th at World Cross Country championships, 17th at London’s Olympic games, Worldcup results: 13th at Windham, 15th at Houffalize, Winner Bundesliga Münsingen, Dutch mountainbiker of the year

2011 3 top 15 Worldcup results, 1st Dutch national Championships, 5th European Championships, 2nd averbode, Dutch mountainbiker of the year

2010 stage win Cape epic, 1st Zoetermeer, 2nd MtB Cup geraardsbergen, 1st sprint Maremma Cup, Dutch mountainbiker of the year

2009 Worldcup results: 18th in Pietermaritzburg, 22nd in Champéry, 23rd in Mount Sainte Anne, 25th in Offenburg, 26th in Houffalize, 28th in Madrid, 30th-place-finish at the World Championships, 15th at the European Championships.

2008 2nd place Dutch national championships cross country, 14th place european championships cross country, 12th place world championships cross country, 15th place World Cup Canberra, Dutch mountainbiker of the year

2007 2nd place Dutch national championships cross country, 17th place european championships Cross Country, 18th world championships cross country, 3rd place Absa Cape Epic stage race, 1st place VTT Tour de l’Hexagonal

2006  Dutch champion crosscountry (under23), 2nd at Dutch championships cross country elite, 2nd at European championships crosscountry (under23), 15th at World championships crosscountry (under23)

2005  European champion crosscountry (under23), 6th at World championships crosscountry (under23)


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