Floortje Mackaij is a Dutch professional road racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI Women's WorldTeam Team DSM. After switching from speed skating to road cycling she became the 2013 junior Dutch National time trial Champion and won a silver medal in the junior time trial at the 2013 European Road Championships.
Floortje Mackaij (born 18 October 1995) is a Dutch professional road racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI Women's WorldTeam Team DSM.After switching from speed skating to road cycling she became the 2013 junior Dutch National time trial Champion and won a silver medal in the junior time trial at the 2013 European Road Championships. In the same year she represented her country at the UCI Road World Championships in the junior time trial and road race.
Mackaij lives with her parents in Woerden and has one older brother. Her father, Ron Mackay, was also a professional cyclist. Mackaij graduated from the Minkema College, Woerden, in 2012 and went to the Johan Cruijff College afterwards.
Mackaij started her career as a speed skater. When she was seven years old she became a member of a local speed skating club. As a 'Junior C' and 'Junior B' she skated at national level and was part of the regional selection. Between 2011 and 2013 she participated every year at the Dutch Junior Championships. Her best result was 6th place as a Junior B in the 3000 metres at the Single Distance Championships in 2012. As part of her skating training she undertook cycling as part of cross-training in summer. She joined the local road cycling club and started riding official races a few years later when she was 14 years old. At the end of 2012 she joined the national selection and changed her main sport from speed skating to cycling.
In one of the most prestigious stage races for junior riders, the Energiewacht Tour, Mackaij won one stage and the overall points classification, as she finished third in the general classification. In June she became Dutch National Time Trial Champion for juniors. A month later she won the silver medal in the time trial for junior riders at the 2013 European Road Championships and finished 21st in the road race. After training several times during the year with Argos–Shimano she joined the team in August. Mackaij was selected to ride the time trial and road race at the 2013 UCI Road World Championships where she finished 8th and 13th respectively. Mackaij was awarded the title for sport talent of Woerden of the year 2013.
Mackaij won the Parel van de Veluwe in June. She was selected to ride the road race at the 2014 European Road Championships where she finished seventh.
On 22 March Mackaij won the non-UCI race Rabo Koepel Race in Lierop, after riding clear from a front group. Three days later she finished second behind Amy Pieters in Dwars door Vlaanderen. She finished the week with winning Gent–Wevelgem, her first elite UCI victory. She escaped in the last three kilometres from a front group three and was not pulled back by the others.
Official website (in Dutch)
Floortje Mackaij at Cycling Archives
Floortje Mackaij at ProCyclingStats
Floortje Mackaij at Cycling Quotient
Floortje Mackaij at CycleBase
Floortje Mackaij in SpeedSkatingBase.eu
Floortje Mackaij at SpeedSkatingNews.info