Sound Off: Anneke Berteen

anneke head2012 World Four-Cross Champion Anneke Berteen has been a dominant force on the 4X scene for a long time. With UCI World Cup Overall 4X Titles in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011, plus Pro Tour and European Champion Overall titles to round it out, not to mention two BMX World Champion jerseys in 1996 and 1997, Anneke has earned her reputation as a racing legend.

As evident by her answers to our semi-intelligent questions, Anneke enjoys a good thrill. Even though she’s not afraid of bears or bulls, a comfy place to sit is still way up top on her list of things that make her happy.

Have you ever seen examples of supernatural phenomena, ie Bigfoot, ghosts, miniature creatures, chupacabra, etc? Nah, not really…. I did see a big brown bear in Whistler last year. And instead of running away I grabbed my phone and took a selfie!

Dawn patrol or evening ride? Dawn patrol.

If you had to ride with cantilever brakes instead of hydraulic discs or elastomer suspension instead of current technology, which would it be? I guess cantilever brakes would make the downhill pretty interesting, so cantilever brakes for the excitement!

Best cycling innovation? Specialized Women’s-specific saddle…. Heaven for the ladies!

Flats or clipless? Clips.

Would you rather be a circus clown or a rodeo clown? Rodeo clown. I need the action and adrenaline.

Favorite place to ride? Whistler, Canada. Chile is pretty amazing too.

Who are your heroes or role models? Arthon Senna and Muhammad Ali.

Pizza or burrito, and what would be on/in the perfect one? Burrito! Chicken, avocado, beans, peppers, corn, honey, and rice.

Cross-train or ride more? Ride more.

Anne Caroline or Minnaar? Both are legends and I’m not even going to think about picking one above the other!

Meditation or Metallica? Meditation when I’m alone and Metallica when I travel with team mate Curtis Keene… I have no other option then!

What was your first bike? My first proper BMX bike was a Peugeot.

Websites you check everyday? Facebook & the Dutch newspaper.

Is it a roost or a carve? Roost.

What is one super power you wish you had? Not really a super power, but I would love to borrow  Marty McFly’s Delorean and go back into the future!

What are you most grateful for? That my parents helped give me this wonderful life!