July 17, 2018

What does it take to make it to the Tour de France not just once, but ten times in a nearly 20 year career as a professional cyclist? A great attitude, a sense of humor about what you do, really strong legs, and a perfectly dialed training and nutrition routine. That’s what Laurens ten Dam has, and at 37, he’s still sitting midpack at the halfway point of this year’s Tour.

 

A post shared by Laurens Dam (@laurens_ten_dam) on

 

The Team Sunweb rider isn’t even necessarily there to grab spots for himself in the race: he’s helping team leader Tom Dumoulin, who had some rough luck early on in the race but has clawed his way back to 11th place, 3 minutes and 42 seconds down from race leader Greg Van Avermaet.

But ten Dam isn’t a stranger to being at the front of the race. He’s finished in the top 10 there in 2014, and has top-10 overall finishes at the Tour of California, the Tour Down Under, the Tour de Suisse and the Vuelta a España as well. This year, he was 35th overall in the Giro d’Italia, another classic European race. In his ten years racing the Tour, he’s broken his face in a dramatic, blood-soaked fashion (but finished the stage) and dislocated a shoulder (but finished the stage).

So how does a 37-year-old compete against fellow racers, especially those who are technically young enough to be his children? He’s still focusing on training, but recovery has become much more important over the years. That’s where SP2 comes in, with more antioxidants than strawberries, a full range of necessary amino acids, a full complement of B vitamins, and more iron than spinach.

See how SP2’s fresh spirulina can help endurance athletes.

 

A post shared by Laurens Dam (@laurens_ten_dam) on

 

"For a professional cyclist, eating well is a big part of your job,” he writes. He eats clean—plenty of vegetables and quality meats, but isn’t above enjoying a glass of wine, a beer, or a plate of pancakes. But those indulgences only come after he’s properly recovered from a ride using clean, simple foods rather than relying on chemical-filled powders and supplements.

A coffee connoisseur and a pancake-and-bacon lover, ten Dam uses SP2 to up his nutrient intake on a daily basis—especially important during major stage races like the Tour, with huge caloric and nutritional demands. And when he’s off the bike, the Dutch racer can be found running his Live Slow, Ride Fast Podcast, planning his Gravel Raid ride that’s set to take place in September, or acting as editor for Bicycling Netherlands.



Also in News

Hanna Muegge's Results With SP2 And How SP2 Can Benefit You
Hanna Muegge's Results With SP2 And How SP2 Can Benefit You

December 06, 2018 0 Comments

It's not every day that one finds a product they truly believe in. Recently for SP2 Ambassador Hanna Muegge, it's been the wholesome effects of adding SP2 Life to her diet, 1 pod a day.
Read More
Stay Healthy This Holiday Season with SP2
Stay Healthy This Holiday Season with SP2

December 04, 2018 0 Comments

It’s cliche, sure, but there’s a reason that every year, the topic of ‘how do I stay healthy/active during the holiday?’ comes up. We all struggle with this — even the most elite athlete can be lured in by mom’s cinnamon rolls and dad’s classic eggnog.
Read More
Laurens Ten Dam on a 20 Year Career, Recovery, Food, and SP2
Laurens Ten Dam on a 20 Year Career, Recovery, Food, and SP2

November 24, 2018 0 Comments

Laurens Ten Dam has had a long career as a pro racer — in two decades, he’s raced the Tour de France 10 times, and has taken part in virtually every major road race in the world. See why he chooses SP2. 
Read More