Anneke Beerten is a cycling powerhouse, yet her name is less well-known than some of the other Dutch female cycling stars. Perhaps it’s because Beerten races off-road. She began in BMX, raced downhill and dual slalom, and then became world champion at 4X (pronounced ‘four cross’) in 2011, 2012 and 2015, as well winning the European Enduro Championships in that same year. The Prologue has selected three videos that show a glimpse of this mountain bike superstar’s career and cycling passion. (Photos: Getty Images)

True grit

Beerten was almost raised on off-road bikes. Her father set up a BMX track in the back garden of the family house in the province of Gelderland, the Netherlands, to allow a young, cycling-crazy Anneke to let off steam. It paid off, and although she is probably not stopped in the supermarket for autographs very often, she is a true hero of the cycling world. She suffered health issues in the 2016 and 2017 seasons, but now in the autumn of her career, aged 36, she is currently competing in the Enduro World Series.

Beerten racing Enduro in Colorado (Photo: Getty Images)

“Bike-riding is my passion”

A dedicated sportswoman talks about doing what she loves: riding bikes and winning races.

What exactly is 4X?

In this video, the 4X mountain bike discipline is explained by Beerten and other top riders.

And enduro? How does that work?

Here, Beerten explains what mountain bike enduro racing is all about.