Name: Michael Van Den Ham
From: Manitoba (lives in Chilliwack, BC)
Bikes: TCX Advanced Pro, Revolt Advanced Pro, Anthem Advanced Pro 29
Teams: Easton-Giant p/b Transitions Lifecare, Easton Overland
I’ve ridden bikes for as long as I can remember. Growing up I saved up and bought my first real bike (well, half of it) when I was 11. A couple of years and a lot of lawn mowing later I bought another. And then another. I printed out sheets from the Park Tools website and learned how to fix them. At 16 I started working in a bike shop. At 17 I entered and won his first race. I've loved racing bicycles ever since.
Cyclocross came along a few years later. In 2010 I moved to Edmonton for University. The first day I was there he dragged his Mom to just about every bike shop in the city looking for a cheap cyclocross frame. Within a couple of weeks, I found one, ripped all the parts off his road bike, and was hooked.
Fast-forward a few years and I’ve gradually worked my way through the cyclocross ranks. I've represented Canada Seven times at the World Championships (Louisville in 2013, Hoogerheide in 2014, Zolder in 2016, Bieles in 2017, Valkenburg in 2018, Bogense in 2019, Dubendorf in 2020), won an under-23 National Championship (2013), won Elite Nationals (2017, 2018, 2019), earned a podium at the Pan Am Championships (2017, 2018), and am currently the top-ranked rider in Canada.
One of the things that I think separates me from my peers is that I am one of the only people balancing a full-time job and racing at the front simultaneously. While it certainly brings challenges, I enjoy being able to strike a balance his racing and working lives.