Now in his fourth professional season with Team Novo Nordisk, Brian Kamstra only began racing a bike in 2014. Following a brief stint as a stagiaire, Kamstra earned a spot on Team Novo Nordisk’s men’s professional team just eight months after his first professional bike race. In 2017, he earned his first top 10 finish when he took 10th on Stage 1 of the Tour de Taiwan but suffered a season-ending crash at GP de Saguenay in June.
While Kamstra may still be new to the bike, he isn’t new to competition. The Dutchman is a four-time Dutch national cross country running champion and competed at the European Championships in 2011. As an elite athlete, Kamstra knew something was wrong in 2013 when he noticed a decrease in performance despite even harder training. After seeking medical advice, Kamstra was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, which for Kamstra came as a welcome relief because it was a manageable condition that allowed him to continue competing. With the help of his healthcare team, Kamstra resumed running as soon as he could.
In June 2014, Kamstra attended the Diabetes Classic, a charity bike ride created by former Team Novo Nordisk pro rider Martijn Verschoor. Verschoor saw a potential new teammate and encouraged Kamstra to attend Team Novo Nordisk’s training camp in Alicante, Spain in January 2015. This was Kamstra’s first introduction to bike racing. Physiological tests and training rides showed he had the skills and abilities to be a strong bike racer and Kamstra left camp with an invitation to join Team Novo Nordisk’s development squad for the 2015 season.
Kamstra quickly moved to the USA and competed in his first bike race in April 2015 at the UCI 2.2 Joe Martin Stage Race in Arkansas. Over the next few months, Kamstra’s skills and confidence grew, and in July he received an invitation to ride as a stagiaire with the men’s professional team. He made his professional debut at the high-altitude and mountainous USA Pro Challenge in Colorado. He officially joined Team Novo Nordisk’s professional team for the 2016 season.
Off the bike, Kamstra enjoys speed skating, riding motorbikes, bbq’ing and spending time with his girlfriend and family.