Our favourite Dutch rider, Thomas Rabou, has reluctantly decided to answer 22 questions for the good of our loyal Competitive Cyclist Racing Team fans. Rabou’s home is Loosbroek, a tiny, nice village on the outskirts of Amsterdam (like everywhere else in Holland). Loosbroek has a discotheque which holds more people than the population of its village! Thomas makes frequent trips across the Altantic throughout the season to maximise his frequent flyer miles, and to enjoy the flatland training alongside the dykes and windmills. Much of Holland is below sea-level, so it is great depth training (something that will come in handy for the Tour of Utah). Thomas is a wiz on bicycle mechanics; one time he had a flat for 2 years on his tubeless rims…

How many bicycles do you own?

I have a gentleman’s bike. You’ve seen it and I think you had the honour of riding my gentleman’s bike, man. I have a €60 mountainbike, second hand. It was only used 3 times when I bought it. I negotiated a really good deal. It doesn’t have suspension because it’s so flat in Holland. I have a cyclo-cross bike, I’m from Holland. I have my Colnago. I have a passion bike, it’s basically a no name bike that I won my first race as an amateur on. I have my awesome Pinarello training bike.

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

28. I’m just a really good guesser, man. It’s the same like the weather, man, they just guess really well.

On a scale of 1 to 10 with ten being the weirdest, how weird would you say you are?

I don’t know man, it’s hard to say. 9. Cos Big Mike says 9… and I heard you never argue advice from someone older than you, so I guess Mike is right…

Jennifer Aniston or Angelina Jolie?

Aniston is pretty cool, I think. No? She’s from Friends, yeah she’s pretty cool. I think Anniston looks more natural.

Do you want to bring sexy back?

Why not. Where has it gone? Sexy was on the Team and it’s gone now, so it has to come back I think. I think it’s good, heh.

If the entire Competitive Cyclist Racing Team lived in a commune, who would try to skip out on doing chores?

Everyone knows about that. I think Cesar is a good second though.

What is your favourite colour?

What is my favourite colour? Orange man, wicked styx! It’s the colour of Holland. I don’t really like the colour, but I’m just a patriot I guess. I like orange too, cos Paco doesn’t like Euskatel, heh.

What is the worst job you’ve ever had?

I have been a dishwasher for 6 months. I have been a professional dishwasher too.

What’s your favourite food? How often do you eat it?

My favourite food is probably a typical Dutch dish. Smashed potatoes with meatball and I dunno, do you have translate? It’s like a cole, not Cole House, but it’s like, wait, um, I wonder if you even have this vegetable. It’s like a coleslaw. It’s a cabbage, a Dutch cabbage. Maybe we made it for you once in Holland. It’s smashed potatoes, with a Dutch cabbage, served with meatball and ice cold apple sauce.

Favourite drink?

Ah, ah, ice cold soda. Sound good? There is no such wrong answer heh.

What would you have for your last meal?

Probably my favourite dish then. That makes sense, no?

What chore do you absolutely hate doing?

Cleaning the bathroom is just terrible. Cleaning the freakin’ bathroom.

What is your favourite form of exercise?

I know. Outside or inside? Outside is probably like riding in the mountains. Indoors I would like to keep that quiet.

If you started your own bicycle brand, what would you name it?

I dunno, just Rabou I guess. Keep it simple, man.

If you can make any bicycle industry product, what would it be, and what name?

I actually thought about that, and I forgot about it. I know, I would make the electronic shifting solar powered. Think about that man!

Are you a morning or night person?

I am an afternoon person.

If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be like and what would it be for?

I don’t know man, whatever. I don’t really like parties, I just like hanging around, like now. I just like hanging around. Whatever.

Who in the team has the worst taste in music?

Probably Chad. He has this ten year old disco that he thinks is super dope, and it’s like old. It’s like 15 years ago. Typical American I think. Ten year behind when it comes to techno.

What is your favourite body part?

Probably my hair. It’s a good one no? I’m not getting bald yet, so it’s good. I’m bald everywhere except my head, it’s euro style man.

What sound do you love?

Afrojack! It’s the most famous DJ in the world man. At this moment, in my opinion anyway. Because he’s Dutch, man.

If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job?

Ah, probably not. I would probably negotiate a little harder, because I have a million dollars behind me. Give Josh a hard time…

Who is your favourite Hollander on the team?

Oh me man, I don’t wanna be arrogant!

Who is the best looking Hollander on the Competitive Cyclist Racing Team?

Do I need to answer that question? It’s obvious.

Thanks for your time and most entertaining answers, Thomas Rabou! With the Tour of Utah just a couple of weeks away, look for Thomas in the KOM standings, and working tirelessly for the team.

Fact about Thomas: He won the KOM jersey in the Tour of California in 2010.

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