My name is Anne Tauber, 27 years old and living in the city of Nijmegen. My great passion? Mountain biking and marathon ice speed-skating! Ever since I became a full-time athlete in 2015, I feel privileged every day to spend my time doing what I love most. The joy and my dedication perform in both sports have brought me great success over the past years. In the sport of mountain biking, strength, endurance and technique meet which makes my training diverse and fun. Every mountainbike race I am challenged to master the technical and rugged course. On the other hand, marathon ice speed-skating involves tactics and team play which is great fun too!
Over the last 5 years I have been a very happy mountainbike rider who made it to the World Cup podium multiple times. Not to mention my happiness when my dream came trough in 2021; I participated in the Olympic games in Tokyo. But my goals are not competed. I will do my utmost to improve again and be at my very best during the next Olympics in Paris.
In the meantime I participate in many other important races such as World Cups, European- and World Championships. Would you like to know my saying when I start a race? 'Every start-line has a finish-line and I wish to cross the latter as first in as many races possible.' That is not an easy task, but wat challenges you makes you better right?
Little Anne wished to do everything
As a child I couldn't choose between sports and I wished to try everything. I was wild and a little brash. When I was seven years old I became Dutch champion in skiing slalom. Then replaced my skies for a pocket motorbike and some years later I was an acrobat in circus "Bombari" for youth. When I became enthusiastic for speed skating as an eleven year old, I started to train more seriously. That was the moment when the athlete in me came to the surface for the first time. But I realised that, if I wanted to perform well on skates, I also had to train hard during the summer. For that reason I decided to hop on the bike for summer-trainig. However 'just' cycling didn't give me much gratification so I opted for mountain biking. A sport for which you have to be very playful and agile; this suited me to the ground. Mountain biking really became my passion in 2016. I achieved successes above my expectations and broke through internationally. I felt sure; my choice to go mountain biking was a good one!