63 World and Olympic champions

Striving for the ultimate performance is at the core of everything we do at RIH Sport. Therefore we are extremely proud to be part of 63 World and Olympic championships. From our very first champion Arie van Vliet in 1936 to our latest Ingrid Haringa in 1994. In these following pages we’d like to honor our champions. Even today they inspire us to strive for perfection. Our ultimate goal: number 64.

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Arie van Vliet – 1936 World Champion Sprint Amateurs

No1: Arie van Vliet – 1936 World Champion Sprint Amateurs

No1: Arie van Vliet – 1936 World Champion Sprint Amateurs

Arie van Vliet (18 March 1916 – 9 July 2001) was a Dutch sprint cyclist. Between 1934 and 1957, he won 13 medals at world championships, including four gold medals, and set several world records in sprint events, despite the interruption by World War II.[1]He also won a gold medal in 1000 m time trial […]

Arie van Vliet – 1938 World Champion Sprint Professionals

No2: Arie van Vliet – 1938 World Champion Sprint Professionals

No2: Arie van Vliet – 1938 World Champion Sprint Professionals

Arie van Vliet had one of the longest careers of any track sprinter. Between 1934 and 1957, he won a total of 13 World Championship medals in the event, and it would certainly have been more, had his career not been interrupted by World War II. After two silvers, he won his first amateur world […]

Jan Derksen – 1939 World Champion Sprint Amateurs

No3: Jan Derksen – 1939 World Champion Sprint Amateurs

No3: Jan Derksen – 1939 World Champion Sprint Amateurs

Jan Derksen (23 January 1919 – 22 May 2011) was a Dutch professional cyclist. He was world professional track sprint champion in 1946 and 1957.[1] He was the only rider to win a gold medal at Milan, Italy, in 1939 – in the world amateur sprint – before the championship was abandoned at the outbreak […]

Jan Derksen – 1946 World Champion Sprint Professionals

No4: Jan Derksen – 1946 World Champion Sprint Professionals

No4: Jan Derksen – 1946 World Champion Sprint Professionals

Jan Derksen was born at Geertruidenberg in central western Holland on 23 January 1919. He became interested in cycling after listening to radio reports of six-day races on the track. His father gave Derksen his first racing bike after he passed his last school exams at 15. He took out a racing licence with the […]

Ge Peters – 1946 World Champion Individual Pursuit Professionals

No5: Ge Peters – 1946 World Champion Individual Pursuit Professionals

No5: Ge Peters – 1946 World Champion Individual Pursuit Professionals

Gerard “Gerrit” Peters (31 July 1920 – 6 April 2005) was a Dutch track and road cyclist who was active between 1941 and 1956. On track he won the world title in the individual pursuit in 1946 and the European title in madison in 1950. On the road, he won six six-day races, in Ghent […]