The board of the Stichting Grote Prijs van Brabant consists of the following members:
Esther Vroegh (Chairman)
“I really enjoy organizing the European Cyclo-cross Championships together with an amazing group of people. For many years, I have been chairman at the Marianne Vos Cycling festival. I am looking forward to experiencing another discipline in the cycling sport. It is wonderful to see how people are touched by top-level sport and get motivated to start cycling themselves.”
“Cyclo-cross crossed my path, and since that moment I enjoy the discipline. It is a beautiful sport, and with great pleasure I am committed to do whatever it takes to work on it.”
Richard Groenendaal (Technical committee chairperson)
Richard Groenendaal, born in 1971, started to ride bikes in imitation of his father Rein at the age of 14. He combined road cycling with cyclo-cross. As a professional cyclist, he emphasized his specialty, cyclo-cross. During his cycling career, Richard amassed numerous victories and prizes. Between 1993 and 2005, he became the Dutch Champion of Cyclo-cross 8 times. He won during his professional career, the World Cup classification 3 times, and the overall classification in the Super Prestige 2 times.
His biggest achievement was his victory in the World Championships Cyclo-cross in 1999-2000 in his home-town Sint-Michielsgestel. After his top-level career, Richard Groenendaal started as coach with the Rabobank development team.
Richard: “at the same time I focused myself more with the organization of the cyclo-cross ‘GP Groenendaal’ in Sint-Michielsgestel. And since I am very fond of the cyclo-cross sport, I give advice to the organization of the “Grand Prix Brabant” and work on the course and technical issues.”
Arnold Vromans (Publicity)
Self-employed entrepreneur, 35-year successful shoe retailer, and former owner off Café ’t Bosschenaartje, where the idea started of the Grand Prix Brabant. Cycling fanatic since 1959, when fellow villager Huub Zilverberg won his first stage race in Olympia’s Tour.
Ton Kroonen (Treasurer)
“Focus, passion, and suffering are qualities you can apply in both entrepreneurship and level-sport. As an entrepreneur as an accountant, I enjoy experiencing the “drive” from top athletes up close. I therefore gladly make my contribution as treasurer of the Grand Prix Brabant.”
Karin van Tongerloo (Secretaty)
“I find it important that everyone, regardless of age, gender or disability, is able to participate in sport. For over more than ten years I have , in addition to my job as Change Manager for Rabobank, made a commitment to take care of this. Even during my board position at the Marianne Vos Cycling festival, I did not have any affinity with cycling. My bike adventure began when my fellow board members decided to put me on Esther Vroegh’ yellow racing bike. Since then, I am constantly searching for new challenges. One of them is my first triathlon this year. Committing myself to the “Grand Prix Brabant” gives me new opportunities to discover a new discipline in the cycling sport!”
Piet van Katwijk (board adviser)
Piet van Katwijk, the middle child among two brothers who also cycled, was a professional cyclist from 1974 till 1984. He was active in the best Dutch cycling team ever TI-RALEIGH, with the famous Peter Post as coach. In his first year as a professional cyclist, he participated in the “Tour the France”. He finished 8th in the point classification for the green jersey, and he won the famous Dutch cycling race “Acht van Chaam”. Van Katwijk won over 100 races during his cycle career, like the “Tour of England”, several stages in the Netherlands, Switzerland and Luxembourg.
He entered the business world after his cycling career. To this day, he retained his “winning” mentality. He uses this mentality and his passion in his fullest for the Grand Prix Brabant.