Eva Van Drumpt went from cycling in heels and a leather jacket Dutch style to conquering the alps in the 3 Peaks Challenge, the Dr Evil Camp, Amy’s Grand Fondo and so much more with Moore Performance (MP).
When she started with MP, after arriving in Sydney from Holland two years ago, she didn’t know how to change gears and did her first ride South to Waterfall return in one gear.
“Danny and fellow MP’ers taught me how to cycle, how to take corners and how to pick up the water bottle on the bike, which I was too scared to do,” said Eva.
She also learnt how to ride in clipped in bike shoes, but she gained so much more than bike skills from joining the squad.
Before she knew it she was doing the Ironman 70.3 in Busselton in 2017, to finish seventh in her age category in 04:46:42.
“Joining Moore Performance transformed my life. Danny was so welcoming and the group so social I felt at home straight away.
“I’ve always been active so the squad suits me perfectly, everyone has the same interests. I’ve been on some amazing trips away with the crew including to the Great Ocean road in Victoria, Busselton in WA, the Dr Evil Camps in the Snowy Mountains and Jervis Bay where we swam with dolphins.
“I’ve seen so many places I wouldn’t have gone to otherwise, including exploring Sydney and other parts of Australia.”
She went from riding a bike to commute to the bakery to within a year completing the 235 km 3 Peaks Challenge crossing the Australian alps in the impressive time of 11h12:02 (due to a mechanical, the total riding time was approximately an hour less – 10.09).
MP Head Coach Danny Moore said that Eva performed exceptionally well in 3 Peaks, Amy’s Grand Fondo and The Bathurst Cycling Classic.
“Eva is still quite new to cycling but has worked so hard to become a weapon on the bike, she has quickly become someone to be feared by her competition,” said Danny.
Eva says that none of the sessions feel like training.
“It’s social and fun, there’s always laughter at coffee after. Everyone is so amazing I’ve made so many great friends. It always makes me feel good, if I cycle with the group it’s an amazing start to the day, it helps you feel good for your body and it’s social, it’s the perfect mix.”
For example she explained that morning she had a flat tyre and two squad members Jason and Dave cycled to meet her to change her tyre.
“It’s such a supportive network everyone takes care of each other.”
Completing the 2.4 km Wedding Cake Island swim in Coogee was another challenged she realised with MP’s support.
“I’d never had a swim lesson before joining MP, to do the ocean swims with the group was an amazing achievement.”
She came to Sydney with her job but said that it’s MP that makes her stay.
“When I think should I move home, all the MP guys keep my here, you are my family.”