18th October 2020
Kickfest is an annual racing event that gives passionate Kickbikers the chance to compete for European footbike titles. Last year, Kickfest took place in Račice, a small village in the Czech Republic.
The Kickbike Scooters London company had the chance to interview Fiona Olthof, the Dutch racer who notably won the 2019 European Footbike Championships in the women's category. At the young age of 20 years old, she finished the 35km race at an impressive time of 1:21:58, almost a second before Kristýna Frýzová.
Let's take a look at what she had to say...
So… how did it all begin? It all started in 2011 when my school set up some classes that taught children how to ride on a scooter. I was really intrigued and decided to go to training to see what it was all about. In the end, I found it so fun that I joined the team! In my first year of training, Peter Groeneveld told me that I should start competing. My brother and mother later joined me and started competing as well! My dad, however, chose not to and instead always comes to support us at the races!
How do you train? So, I first started training on a regular Kickbike. I then did all of the races on a small scooter made by Peter Groeneveld. I train roughly around 3 times per week. My sort of training depends on what type of race that is coming up; short distance races mean I must train at very high speeds for example. I don't find training hard, it's more of a hobby- it's just for fun.
Have you got any advice for anyone who is thinking of racing next year? I would advise to build up stamina and just go out riding whenever you can. That's the best advice I can give.
Is there much of a community of Kickbikers in the Netherlands? Well, my mother and brother of course love to go kickbiking. I also have my own team - Stepteam Twente. There are people here of all ages who do it just for fun. During lockdown, everybody trained individually but now everybody trains together (of course socially distanced) which is really great!
How did you celebrate when you won? I didn't expect to win actually! I was really overjoyed that I won. It was a tough race. I celebrated with my teammates and family.
Would you encourage others to take on this passion? Of course, it is a very lovely sport to do. You can use these scooters for fun or for competitions, there is something for everyone. However, there aren't that many people that do it and people can look at you strangely haha!
What other Kickbikes do you have at the moment? We have lots of different kinds of Kickbikes in our garage and therefore multiple to choose from. We have scooters to use on the street or for riding in the woods. To name a few, we own a Cross max, a Race max, a R28, a G4 and a G3. The Cross Max is my favourite because I like to go into the woods with it. It has bigger tyres than the other ones which makes it easier to move around.
Thank you Fiona for taking the time to speak to us! We love to see people take on such unique passions. Keep it up and we look forward to seeing you compete next year!
Will you be joining Fiona next year in the European Footbike Championships?
Sonia, London Kickbike