Heading into his fifth season with Team Novo Nordisk, Dutch time trial and classics prospect Brian Kamstra will be looking to build on a solid 2019 season that saw him take an impressive top 15 placing in the Tour of Estonia Prologue, before riding well in support of his teammates at numerous one-week races including the Tours of Slovenia, Poland, and Slovakia.
Kamstra only began racing a bike in 2014. Following a brief stint as a stagiaire, Kamstra earned a place on Team Novo Nordisk’s men’s professional team just eight months after his first professional bike race. In 2017, he garnered 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 relatively 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 and hasn’t looked back.
Off the bike, Kamstra enjoys speed skating, riding motorbikes, bbq’ing, and spending time with his girlfriend and family.