Two highlights of Rudi van Houts’ season were competing at London’s Olympic Games and winning the award as Dutch mountain biker of the year again. Teaming up with José Hermida, Rudi had a strong start to the season, dominating the Andalucia Bike Race in Southern Spain in early March. At the European Cross Country championships in Moscow, van Houts finished in 6th position, and at the World Championships in Saalfelden, MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM’s Dutchman crossed the line in 12th position. Add to that Rudi’s two top-15 finishes in Windham’s and Houffalize’s respective Worldcup races, and you get a solid season that saw him 23rd in the Worldcup’s overall standings and in 26th of the UCI world ranking at the end of the year.


world ranking 26 (previous year 21)

height 177 cm

weight 65 kg

place of residence Luyksgestel (NED)

date of birth 16.01.1984

occupation Architectural engineering

coach Yvo van Herck

hobbies Freeriding, going out with friends

marital status Single



2012 Overall winner and multiple stage winner at Andalucia Bike Race, 6th at European Crosscountry championships, 12th at World Cross Country championships, 17th at London’s Olympic Games, World cup results: 13th at Windham, 15th at Houffalize, Winner Bundesliga Münsingen, Dutch mountainbiker of the year

2011 3 top 15 World cup results, 1st Dutch National Championships, 5th European Championships, 2nd averbode, Dutch mountainbiker of the year

2010 stage win Cape epic, 1st Zoetermeer, 2nd MtB Cup Geraardsbergen, 1st sprint Maremma Cup, Dutch mountainbiker of the year

2009 World cup results: 18th in Pietermaritzburg, 22nd in Champéry, 23rd in Mount Sainte Anne, 25th in Offenburg, 26th in Houffalize, 28th in Madrid, 30th-place-finish at the World Championships, 15th at the European Championships.

2008 2nd place Dutch National Championships Cross Country, 14th place European Championships Cross Country, 12th place world championships cross country, 15th place World Cup Canberra, Dutch mountainbiker of the year

2007 2nd place Dutch national championships cross country, 17th place european championships Cross Country, 18th world championships cross country, 3rd place Absa Cape Epic stage race, 1st place VTT Tour de l’Hexagonal